Dust off your Master Chief a new battle is coming. A new trailer for Halo Infinite dropped on June 13 at Xbox’s E3 gaming conference. The trailer promised that the game would feature a free-to-play multiplayer battle mode while also giving players the opportunity to explore the franchise’s planet-sized ring. The sixth installment in the Halo series will be released during the 2021 holiday season on Xbox One, Xbox X|S, and Windows 10.
Sunday’s moody-cinematic trailer kicked off with a video showing the hero Master Chief meeting a new AI character. The two discussed the fate of Cortana, the game’s long-running protagonist. The AI is said to be a character that will help Master Chief “fill in the blanks” about what is happening to Cortana. The AI’s knowledge will ultimately lead Master Chief to join forces with the AI and adjust his plans accordingly as he will not be fighting alone in this installment.
In addition, the arcade-style “capture the flag” game will include the Game Pass day one banner, further confirming that players will be able to jump right into the action right as the game launches. This is exciting news as this game has been long-awaited by fans of the franchise. At E3 in 2018, the game was first revealed. At E3 2019, 19-minutes of gameplay were shared during the event and many gamers were not happy with the structure of the game. Many fans said the previewed release looked unpolished, with many enemy character models labeled as “crude” and “outdated.” Notably, this year’s preview did not include the alien enemy models which caused much controversy in last year’s preview, further showing that the developers took gamers’ criticism into serious consideration when improving the new installment.
Microsoft did include the highly anticipated multiplayer gameplay mode for the first time—the main attraction for many players. Since the multiplayer gameplay doesn’t require players to purchase the main product, Halo Infinite will mark the first of its kind to introduce this new feature. Possibly setting the trend for other gaming developers to follow suit.