E3 2018: Halo Infinite Returns To The Franchise's Roots And Is "Bigger And Bolder," Exec Says

"This is a bigger, bolder, more ambitious title."

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Halo Infinite was announced during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing by way of a game engine tech demo, not a reveal of the game itself. We still don't know what that looks like or what it really is. But now, Xbox marketing boss Aaron Greenberg has commented further on the title, telling GameSpot that it will return to the franchise's "core roots." It remains to be seen exactly what that means, but the brief look at Master Chief's helmet from the engine tech trailer is meant to be evocative of the classic vibe.

That's all Greenberg had to say on the matter of Halo Infinite returning to the franchise's roots. But he did say that he's eager to see the team at 343 Industries do something more ambitious than a straightforward sequel called Halo 6. "I'm personally excited that it's not just Halo 6. This is a bigger, bolder, more ambitious title," Greenberg said. In 2014, Halo boss Bonnie Ross said we may never see a Halo 6 because 343 wanted to move away from numbered entries. Now, that's happened.

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Also in our interview, which you can watch in the embed above, Greenberg doubled down on the fact that the Infinite trailer from E3 was not the game. It was a tech demo, and an impressive-looking one at that, which showcases what Infinite could be, not what it is. What we do know is that Infinite will tell a more Master Chief-centric story, which is good news after Halo 5 steered away from him.

"What you saw was an in-engine demonstration," Greenberg said. "And of course we are announcing that we are making a brand-new Halo, Halo Infinite, and that the story will feature Master Chief. And you get a sense of some of the technical capabilities of the engine as well. But beyond that, we're just announcing the title. We're not getting into a lot more detail. But it's been good to see the reaction."

Greenberg added that the team at 343 has "done a lot of thinking" about where it wants the story to go, though he shared no further details. Taking a page out of Blizzard's playbook, 343 will share more details on Infinite "when they're ready."

No release date has been set for Infinite, but it sounds like it won't launch anytime soon. The game has a new art style and goes in "new and unexpected directions," while 343 has also teased that you'll get to play early in beta tests. For lots more on Infinite, check out GameSpot's breakdown of everything you need to know from E3.

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Will crash and burn... Meanwhille, Knack 3 is hopefully coming. Sony wins...

But on a serious note, i would have prefer they kept it "Halo 6". Not that it matters, but y'know... preferance...

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If by "core roots." they mean a 30+ hour campaign focused on single player or co-op then I am all for it. If it means a 5 hour campaign with a focus on multi-player NO THANKS!

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Naturally, the internet will tear the game apart because it looked nothing like the "tech demo" reveal.

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Poor Halo.

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I definitely think they need to mix up the campaign formula. I'm not saying go open-world sandbox, but give us a far more open campaign where you can choose where you go. Planet to planet, using Infinity as your homebase. More like Wolfenstein 2, I guess. The current campaign format (1-9 levels) is almost ancient now.

Also happy the Chief is back in force. I'm sorry but the Master Chief is Halo

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"It's gonna be so awesome!" says marketing puppet with vested interest. More at 11.

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@Thanatos2k: Man, don't you have some Sony exclusives to play instead of being a fanboy? Or is that just what the fanboys say to make themselves feel better when they try to bash non-Sony games?

Like, your comment isn't even the least bit clever. That's literally every single marketing rep ever lol

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@m4a5: Which is why this doesn't deserve an article. Don't you have other articles to defend Microsoft in?

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@Thanatos2k: What DamnitGrim said lol.

I can call out fanboys on any article, but Sony fanboys are the most amusing when they go out of their way to do so (you being point and case).

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@m4a5: An easy survey of your comment history shows that's a lie, so......

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@Thanatos2k: Me calling out Sony fanboys is a lie? Man, you're not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?

You're only proving my "sony fanboys are most amusing" point lol

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@m4a5: Ah, so you're admitting you just attack Sony and defend Microsoft. So much for your earlier claim!

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@Thanatos2k: Ah, now you're trying to falsely claim what I said was black and white. HAHAHA typical fanboy. Go on, do it again! What childish argument will you use next?

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@m4a5: lems working hard I see.

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@Thanatos2k: hahaha look at you fanboys and how pathetic you look lmao. So glad i own every console so i get to play everything. You fanboys make me sick.

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@damnitgrim: If you owned a PC you wouldn't need an Xbox to play everything, so I guess you like wasting money?

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@Thanatos2k: Money isn't an issue....... Get a job.

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@damnitgrim: I have plenty, because I'm smart with it. Not getting an Xbox because there's no need to is one of those smart decisions.

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@damnitgrim: You own all consoles? That makes you the biggest fanboy.

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@Pupchu: you wanna explain how? I dont compare whats better and i dont choose sides. I get to play any exclusive i want because i aint a fanboy for one console. Im a gamer. Any true gamer would appreciate any console out. So whose the real fanboy here? The person that only chooses one console and talk shit on any other console or the one who owns them all and appreciates them? lol

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