At the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase, 343 Industries top honcho Bonnie Ross and Halo Infinite creative director/returning veteran Joseph Staten stepped onto the stage to present what Halo fans have been waiting for. That’s right, Halo Infinite gets multiplayer footage, delivering a taste of what players can expect when the game launches holiday 2021.
But before they did, we saw a cutscene from the game’s single-player campaign, which sees Master Chief floating his way through space debris before he secures some footing aboard a spaceship where he meets a mysterious AI who questions his commitment to “the mission.” A mission to take a rogue Cortana back to the UNSC.
The game’s launch will bring with it free-to-play multiplayer. “Our goal has always been to bring players together,” said 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross, “and for the first time we’re thrilled to offer our entire multiplayer experience to all players across Xbox and PC with no barriers. Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free to play and invite more of you than ever before to become a Spartan hero.”
While a Halo Infinite release window for the holiday might be seen as reassuring, the lack of an exact release date troubles me. It stands in contrast to the many other games at the Xbox and Bethesda E3 Showcase that have firm release dates and signals a moving target as far as the game’s development is concerned. Halo Infinite has had a protracted development, with some changes in staff.
In any case, I remain curious to see what Microsoft and 343 has in store for us when Halo Infinite launches for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 PCs and be available on Xbox Game Pass. The game will also launch on Steam. Seems like the fight will never be finished.