Halo Infinite has been delayed to 2021, meaning it missed the Xbox Series X/S launch date.
Still, the game is expected to be one of Microsoft's biggest titles as the company works to regain lost ground from last generation.
Here's what we know about Halo Infinite.
No Update At The Game Awards - 17th November
343's Community Director has noted that the game will not appear at The Game Awards, but a high-level development update is coming soon.
New Release Date Leaked - 21st October
Looks as though Halo 6 could be launching in February according to a Monster Energy survey.
Halo Infinite Delayed Until 2021 - 14th August
Chris Lee, Studio Head on Halo Infinite has revealed the team will need more to on Halo Infinite to perfect the game.
The title has been delayed until 2021 and will not release with the Xbox Series X as originally planned.
Brutes Will Throw Grunts At You In Halo Infinite - 27th July
Head of Design on Halo Infinite Jerry Hook has revealed brutes will throw grunts at players in Halo Infinite.
This is sure to generate some funny and memorable moments whilst playing.
Hook also revealed that players should expect the AI to interact with the sandbox more than ever before.
Hopefully, this brings Halo Infinite to life and forms a living and breathing world around the player.
Halo Infinite Dev Confirms Co-op and Split-Screen - 27th July
Halo Infinite's Head of Design Jerry Hook took to Twitter to confirm the support of co-op and split-screen in Halo Infinite.
Hook has confirmed players will be able to play the campaign in two-player splt-screen or four-player online co-op mode.
Check out the tweet below:
More Worlds? - 25th July
An interview conducted by YouTuber Alanah Pearce has perhaps leaked the scale of Infinite's campaign.
During the interview with the developers of Halo Infinite, she formed a question about whether or not we would be able to visit multiple worlds in Infinite; the developers said they'd want to keep some aspects secrets.
So, there is a good chance the world we begin our journey on in Infinite is not the only world we will visit!
Halo Infinite Was Not Running On An Xbox Series X At The Xbox Games Showcase - 24th July
It has been revealed that Halo Infinite's gameplay reveal was not running on an Xbox Series X at the games showcase.
The choice was made to showcase the game on a PC at the event.
Halo is no longer limited to console so it makes sense that the newest title would run on PC
However, a lot of fans have criticised the choice to not run the game on the Xbox Series X at the Xbox event.
Rumours Surrounding Halo Infinite's Multiplayer Being Delayed Are False - 24th July
A rumour has been circulating online that Halo Infinite is set to release without multiplayer.
This has been denied by the Community Director for Halo Infinite, Brian Jarrard. Check out his tweet below:
Nothing to see here folks, this is not true.— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) July 24, 2020
Microsoft Responds To Criticism Surrounding Halo Infinite's Graphics - 24th July
Although the Halo Infinite gameplay reveal got a lot of Halo fans very excited for the upcoming title, others were not so pleased.
A set of fans took to Twitter to criticise the Halo Infinite graphics during the gameplay reveal.
Xbox Marketing Manager Aaron Greenberg has responded to the fans stating 'Listen, we're in the middle of a global pandemic.'
He continued, stating 'It's July... you're seeing a work-in-progress game.'
This suggests there is still a lot more work to do on Halo Infinite.
However, Aaron's confirmation that the graphics will be improved before the game's release has settled the majority of the criticism.
Halo Infinite Gameplay Reveal - 23rd July
It feels almost like 2001 all over again as our big green Spartan smashes through enemies with classic and new weaponry alike.
Check it out below:
Halo Infinite Box Art - 22nd July
The box art appears to have been inspired by the early Halo titles and is looking to re-capture the classic Halo theme.
Halo Infinite May Have Grappling Hooks and Sprinting - 21st July
A reliable Halo insider has revealed that Halo infinite will have grappling hooks and sprinting.
It has been speculated that it will be a pickup rather than an inbuilt ability.
Either way, traversing the landscape of Halo Infinite with a grappling hook will be exciting.
Halo Infinite World Premiere Confirmed For The 23rd July - 17th July
The official Halo account has confirmed that the Halo Infinite World Premiere will arrive in 6 days time.
Xbox Teases Halo Infinite On Twitter - 16th July
Although very small, the teaser depicts a machine imprinting "117" on a section of green coloured armour.
"117" is no doubt a reference to Master Chief, the primary protagonist of the Halo Series.
The teaser has no sound and has clearly been released to get fans excited for the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase.
It'll be exciting to see what they have in store for the upcoming event.
Halo Infinite Will Feature In Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase - 6th July
Halo Infinite is set to make its gameplay debut at the July Microsoft Event.
The event will take place on July 23rd at 9am PT.
The event will also announce a number of other next-gen console games.
New Halo Toy Is Not A Spoiler - 4th July
343 community director Brian Jarrard has tweeted an official confirmation that the Mega Bloks set that was teased to be releasing later this year, does not spoil the story of Halo Infinite at all.
He notes that all of the toys releasing are apart of a set road map, and they will not intentionally spoil the game whatsoever!
New Halo Infinite Leaks Come From 4Chan - 3rd July
In a 4Chan post from last week, a series of new leaks have come about.
- Before Infinite launches, a 3 hour CGI movie depicting the events of the mainline instalments is coming to Netflix and YouTube.
- Will be 4K, 120 FPS, ultra-high settings on Xbox Series X and 1440p, high settings, 60 FPS with ray-tracing enabled
- Xbox One version will run at 900p and 30 FPS on base Xbox One hardware
- The gameplay is similar to Halo 5
- Most Spartan abilities have been removed apart from Thrust and Clamber
- New abilities including crawling, hanging off ledges and dual-wielding
- The campaign features massive 5-way battles between Marines, Banished, Covenant, Prometheans and Flood
- No microtransactions (progression is similar to Reach with customisable armour)
- Beta in August
- Game launch in November with the Xbox Series X
- PC version won't arrive until December
4Chan is rarely a reliable source for accurate information, but for the most part, it doesn't sound a million miles off and if anything confirms many suspicions we already had.
It's important to take this with a grain of salt as none of this can be verified.
Mega Bloks Spoil Halo Infinite Story? - 2nd July
New Halo Teaser - 25th June
It looks like Halo is gearing up to reveal more information around Halo Infinite as they posted a teaser yesterday on their official Twitter page.
"The hour approaches" can be heard from a mysterious voice, believed to be The Banished. The Banished were main antagonists in Halo Wars 2 and it appears they have returned to join the main storyline.
More Halo Games In Development? - 8th June
It seems that 343 may be producing another Halo game, other than just Halo Infinite.
A recent advert for a senior producer position has been spotted, looking for someone to "help develop a new project in the Halo universe".
Free Copy For Xbox Series X - 6th May
In addition to the incredible specs that Microsoft's new console is boasting, players who purchase a copy of selected games, such as Halo Infinite and Cyberpunk 2077 for the Xbox One, will receive a free copy of the game for the Xbox Series X when available.
When Is The Halo Infinite Release Date?
Halo Infinite is planned to release in the holiday of 2020 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC.
While we're not sure of an exact date, or whether all three platforms will receive the game at the same time, we are expecting an announcement coinciding with the elusive Xbox Series X release date.
Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, recently commented on how he wants to bring Halo Infinite to PS4 to create "a connected ecosystem" for players.
Currently, there is no release date for the Halo Infinite Beta, but we expect it to happen in late summer early fall if there is one.
What Do We Know About The Halo Infinite Beta?
Although we don't know an official date for the Halo Infinite Beta, we have been assured there will be plenty of chances to play it before the full launch. 343 Industries will be hosting a pre-launch "Flighting Program" for Halo Infinite, very similar to their current Halo: Master Chief Collection test made up of numerous "opt-in flights".
These opt-in flights will "start small and slowly expand out until release" according to a Halo Waypoint post.
The Halo Infinite multiplayer is already confirmed to be in full swing in terms of development as it already supports LAN and split-screen features in the gameplay.
Currently, Halo Infinite features a deep armour customisation system, similar to Halo: Reach and will reward players that reached SR 152 in Halo 5 in the new game. Black undersuits will also make a return.
However, it's been said that Halo Infinite will not be heard about again until E3 2020 - this seems like a very long time to wait until its release with little to show between then and its launch. Many are expecting a beta of some sort to make an appearance in some form before the end of 2019 or at the beginning of 2020.
With a staggering $500million budget behind them, Halo Infinite could be a game to remember for years to come.
Halo Infinite Trailers And Gameplay
E3 2018 Announcement Trailer
E3 2019 Discover Hope Trailer
We're expecting the game to retail at £49.99, which is the standard for a AAA title.
Features And Changes
While we're not certain what new features will come in the new game, there was a lot of uproar at the potential of sprint returning to Halo.
A now-removed video saw a Halo pro player Richie "Heinz" Heinz playtesting the game. A user pointed out the correlation between his thumb action on the controller and what occurs on the screen.
It not only seems to confirm that sprint has returned, but requires a new button action to execute it.
One of Halo's most well-respected community members, Mark "Onset" Hatcher, listed what he would like to see changed in the next game including:
- Upgraded Theatre Mode
- New Spectating/Observing Client
- Consistent Weapon Balancing
- New Maps
- Forge at launch
With Halo returning, we can expect many familiar weapons to return.
In the E3 2018 announcement trailer, we saw a group of soldiers carrying Battle Rifles. A year later in the E3 2019 Hope trailer, we saw Master Chief carrying an Assault Rifle.
We're expecting a few other classics, which are synonymous with Halo, to return such as the Needler, Plasma Pistol, Sniper, Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, Energy Sword and more.
No maps have been confirmed for the multiplayer and only a few environments have been shown, so we can't make any concrete assumptions.
However, over the years we've seen Halo maps reskinned and ported to the newer games time and time again. It's unlikely this year will be any different.
Maps like Lockout, Sanctuary, Blood Gulch/Valhalla, Stonetown/Zanzibar and Wizard have made more than their fair share of appearances and are fan favourites.
While there's a clear desire for new, fresh and inspiring maps, we have no doubt fans would be happy to see a few reincarnated in Halo Infinite.
Armor, Weapon Skins And Customisation
Armor is always a hot topic in Halo and a great way to personalise your Spartan.
We already know that they're bringing back the straight black undersuits that the community clamoured for. Halo 5 introduced a number of ways to add your own creative flair using REC packs.
Could Halo Infinite introduce the popular battle pass system seen in so many FPS games in recent times? Perhaps with tiered rewards that allow you to gain custom skins, armor, titles and more.
There are so many fantastic armor sets that could make a return including the Hayabusa, Scout, Mk V, EOD, EVA and more.