E3 2018: Halo Infinite, Which Isn't Really A Game Yet, Will Focus On Master Chief

One of the rumours right now is that Halo: Infinite Will split up single-player and multiplayer.

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343 Industries has shared more details on the recently announced Halo: Infinite, which right now seems like it's more of an idea than a game. In a blog post, studio head Chris Lee said the game will focus on Master Chief and his saga. This is good news, as Halo 5: Guardians moved away from Master Chief somewhat with a story that split its time between Chief and Agent Locke.

Lee said the team at 343 is well aware of the feedback that Halo 5 strayed too far from Master Chief. "The team also heard feedback loud and clear on the amount of time spent playing as the Master Chief in Halo 5," Lee explained. "In Halo Infinite, the game will focus on the Master Chief and continue his saga after the events of Halo 5."

In Halo 5, you don't always play as Master Chief, which isn't the experience some fans wanted. Seeing the world through the lens of Agent Locke was an intriguing move for the franchise, but as a core entry in the series, some fans understandably wanted an all-Master Chief game. Thankfully, then, it's good to hear 343 is re-focusing on Chief for Halo: Infinite.

The trailer for Halo: Infinite shown at Microsoft's E3 briefing was actually a video for the game's new engine, Slipspace, not the game itself. As such, what you saw is not necessarily representative of what the game will be. Lee added in his statement that 343 is taking its time with Halo: Infinite to make sure it's the "right game." He also added that 343 is "making changes to how we approach things," which could be interpreted in a number of ways.

A current rumour circulating online is that Halo: Infinite will be two separate releases: single-player and multiplayer. According to noted Microsoft insider Brad Sams, the Halo: Infinite single-player experience will launch at the end of 2019, with multiplayer coming in 2020. This is not confirmed, and a Microsoft representative declined to comment when approached by GameSpot.

"The goal of the entire 343 Industries team is to make a great Halo game for our fans that also invites new players into our franchise," Lee said. "We will have some new and unexpected directions to take folks in and I believe the way we achieve that is to build alongside our community, iterating and improving as we go."

Also in the blog post, Lee teased that 343 will offer multiple Halo: Infinite "flighting programs," which are essentially alpha and beta tests. These will start small and grow as time progresses, he said. This is just the latest example of a developer becoming more open and transparent in the development process, and that is good to see. Microsoft is already doing this with the flighting programs it holds for Halo: The Master Chief Collection where select people can check out new updates before launch.

For more on Halo: Infinite, you can re-watch the E3 2018 announcement trailer in the embed above. Microsoft's E3 briefing also brought news about Gears of War 5, a new Battletoads, and more.

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legendaryh1tman

Take your time and do it right this time. 5 was so bad I hope you scrap that story because honestly it was just god awful. From the story arch, horrible weapon types and shallow annoying enemies. I hope to never see another Promethean ever. And if they do show up I hope it is only on like 1 or 2 levels like in Halo 1 when we encountered the flood.

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angrycreep

Do you all remember Metroid Prime 4 last year? They had nothing to show you other than the news that they were gonna make a new Metroid Prime game. Is a common practice by all this companies because they all do this all the time, just to give you the news and create excitement then show you footages much later. I'm sure they will have plenty of footages to show us by E3 2019 and even probably way before that and If the rumors are correct Halo should be out by Christmas 2019

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gameboy8877

Gamespot with pure speculation about it not being a game yet, while a Microsoft insider says the campaign will release late next year.

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@gameboy8877: https://gamerant.com/halo-infinite-single-player-2019-multiplayer-2020/amp/ how weird

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gameboy8877

@gameboy8877: They're saying that what we watched isn't game assets or the playable world, just running in real-time on the new engine. Very different than saying the game is in a concept phase

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MichelleBennet

"Isn't Really A Game Yet" quite a way for Sony-fan Gamespot to minimize a great upcoming game... then Death Stranding Isn't really a game yet, since we have not seen anything but cinematic trailers and a picture of the weed Kojima smokes LOL

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nofreikinleoms

5 was so bad the refuse to make a 6th.....let that one sink in for ya

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m4a5

@nofreikinleoms: I can't take you seriously. You didn't use enough exclamation marks this time either!!!!!!!!!

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nofreikinleoms

@m4a5: !!!!!!!!! my people need it apparently im so popular!!!!!

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Pyrosa

Real fans know Linda was the true hero of Halo 5.

CoOp Player 3 experienced the true version of the game's events.

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Barighm

Wow. They just pulled a Squeenix. What the heck is going on over there, MS?

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legendaryh1tman

@Barighm: They had to scrap the Story for 5. It was literally that bad. Like god awful bad. So I am ok with this. They finally listening to the community and fixing a major flaw that Halo has been since under 343i.

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BDRTFM

Yeah, my biggest gripe about Halo 5 was too much Locke!

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redhedjack

A new Halo focuses on Master Chief? Well dammit. I was hoping it'd focus on 343 Guilty Spark. What a letdown.

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Pyrosa

@redhedjack: That's just painful to imagine. Damn... ouch. My ear-holes.

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Thanatos2k

Why announce something that isn't even a game yet? Trying to paper over the shallow library?

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Mogan

@Thanatos2k: Same reason Bethesda had an ES VI teaser; lets people know they're working on the next entry in their flagship series.

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BDRTFM

@Thanatos2k: I'm still trying to understand why you care so much about anything Xbox?

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Barighm

@bdrtfm: Probably because he has a PC, so he still has access to the majority of the library, thus he has reason to pay attention.

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Thanatos2k

@Barighm: Someone gets it.

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BDRTFM

@Barighm: LOL, yeah, that's the reason. He craps on everything Xbox because he cares. Riiiigghhhht.

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videogameninja

Not even a game yet…???

Will it even make it to this console gen?

-YEAR 2099 RELEASE DATE NINJA APPROVED-

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angrycreep

@videogameninja: Well is not the only game out there like that. Do you remember Metroid Prime 4 last year? They had nothing to show you other than the news that they were gonna make a Metroid game. If the rumors are correct Halo should be out by Christmas 2019