Halo Infinite 2021 is the sixth game in the main Halo series. The first game, Halo: Combat evolved, was released in 2001. It was a huge hit and won several awards and laid the foundation for the franchise, spanned across two decades. Halo Infinite was first announced way back in 2018 and had an initial release date in 2020. But due to the ongoing pandemic, the game’s development was delayed and the release date had to be postponed. Halo Infinite will be the newest addition to the reclaimer saga since Halo 5 Guardians. It has been a hot topic since we laid eyes on the title in 2015. It was initially revealed to kick off Microsoft’s E3 conference. Being the first appearance of the favorite mean green fighting machine in three long years.
Halo Infinite: Campaign Overview
The initial teaser mainly showcased the new slip space engine that Halo 6 would be running on. Showing off wide open fields, forerunner spires, wildlife, and providing just a few story elements and easter eggs for fans to pick apart. Otherwise, the trailer didn’t really provide many extra details or another setup.
One clue we got referenced, what people speculated was the game’s setting, Zeta Halo. Another more ague clue was that UNSC troops were shown to be injured and signaling for rescue. At the time it wasn’t a very important detail but in hindsight, it did help share the tone. To round out the demo, we learned that the title will be Halo Infinite. The topic of discussion was mainly the new art style that 343 Industries had decided to settle on. It was the return to a quieter and buggier style established by Bungie that had come to be missed.
Halo Infinite: Gameplay reveal
In the demo gameplay, we are opened with a gorgeous opening that showcased the construction of a Mjolnir armor set. The familiar voice of the pilot rings out before we find him struggling to control his descent with Jon over his shoulder. We find their pelican careening down on zeta halo before being fired on by a cannon. Before all controls are lost and an emergency landing has to take place. There is a more humane side given to this new story. As they proceed to head out to assault the cannons and secure their airspace.
As soon as he heads out the lighting and shading seem off. And other effects on screen just don’t make sense for a game that was only about 4 months from launch to next-gen consoles. Enemies look plasticky and there is an obvious lack of polish throughout. With the gameplay, we see a demonstration of a more open style. In the demo, new weapons and equipment are also introduced. So the gameplay seemed relatively standard but that is just the demo and we don’t know if the game itself will come with all these drawbacks.
Initial release date
The date given to us is 8th December 2021 for as far we know. The game has been postponed before, so hopefully, this expected launch date is set in concrete. Originally meant to launch alongside the releases of the Xbox Series X/S, the game’s release date, unfortunately, had to be pushed back. In their statement that was posted on the official Halo Twitter account, they cite COVID-19 as one of the reasons for this postponement.