What I learned from the Halo Infinite single-player preview

An early build of the Halo Infinite single-player campaign was made available to IGN by 343 Industries and executive editor Miranda Sanchez played a few hours. She does a great job detailing her experiences, but here are my own insights from what we’ve seen so far.

Forward Operating Bases

After the first few cutscenes and story beats for the game, you’ll start exploring Zeta Halo and shoot some grunts. You’ll then encounter these UNSC Forward Operating Bases (FOBs) that are held by the Banished and need to be cleared. Once you do, the UNSC marines will start occupying these bases and will act as a fast-travel point for Master Chief.

These are important because each FOB you’ve liberated will get you Valor Points, which you use to unlock gear and vehicles that the UNSC have on Zeta Halo that you can use to your advantage. The more ‘valorous’ the Master Chief is, the more guns and back up he can call down for help.

Bosses

Expect the appearance of unique and exciting enemy Bosses to provide a challenge to Master Chief. Sanchez showed off a fight against Tremonius, a Brute accompanied by some Jackals. They seem quite formidable and I look forward to shooting them down myself. Once defeated, these bosses will drop a uniquely modified Banished weapon that will also be available on FOBs should you want to keep using it further in the game.

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Exploration and Power Ups

While Halo Infinite’s world isn’t crazy huge, it looks to be quite engaging when having these skirmishes against the Banished. The map is divided like islands and unlocking vehicle options will help you traverse the map better. Spartan Cores will also be obtainable through exploration. These provide upgrades to Master Chief’s abilities such as improvements to his Grappleshot or Overshield. Finding cores is made easier with Master Chief’s scanning tool which will reveal nearby collectibles. The range isn’t amazing, but it will definitely make finding hidden stuff easier.

Cortana?

Lastly we come to the story beats: Cortana is missing and Master Chief is looking for her. He comes to possess a new A.I. module named “The Weapon” with a personality of a peppy young woman. She reveals that this new A.I. Module was designed to eliminate Cortana and then eliminate herself afterwards, but since Cortana’s fate is unknown, she just ends up helping Master Chief until they find Cortana or until she expires.

And there you have it! Gunplay and a beautiful looking world to fight in, full of enemies to defeat and marines to liberate. There might still be more to learn about the Halo Infinite single-player campaign, but as Master Chief says, “It’s enough.”

Halo Infinite is the long-awaited latest installment in the Halo series, and is set for released on the 8th of December for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. It also launches day one on Xbox Game Pass.