Halo: Infinite Is Halo 6, Not A Prequel, Microsoft Says

Halo: Infinite is a direct sequel to Halo 5 even if it's not called Halo 6.

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Microsoft has been saying for years now that it wants to get away from numbered Halo games, but some fans were still left scratching their heads when the new game was revealed at E3 as Halo: Infinite and not Halo 6. Now, 343's Jeff Easterling has spoken up to stress that Halo: Infinite is Halo 6, even if it's not specifically called that.

"It is Halo 6," Easterling said during a recent Mixer broadcast. "You should just consider it Halo 6. Don't think of it as a weird prequel kind of thing. It's the next story. It's the next chapter in what is going on."

Studio head Chris Lee already confirmed that Halo: Infinite is a direct sequel to 2015's Halo 5: Guardians. It's also been confirmed that the new game will focus more on Master Chief, which is notable because Halo 5 split time between Chief and Agent Locke.

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It's good to hear 343 start to talk about what Halo: Infinite is, but we still have so much more we want to know. While the trailer at E3 was impressive, it was for the new game engine, Slipspace, and not the game itself. Microsoft has not yet shown any gameplay. There are also rumours that the game will release in at least two parts, with single-player arriving at the end of 2019 followed by multiplayer in 2020. None of this is confirmed at this point, however.

Intriguingly, 343 has said that the studio is "making changes to how we approach things" with Halo: Infinite. 343 is also hoping to take players to "new and unexpected directions" with the game. These vague statements could mean a number of things, and the possibilities are exciting to think about. It seems encouraging that 343 isn't rushing things with Halo: Infinite, and while that game might not be out soon, Halo 5 and Halo: MCC continue to get new updates and refreshes on a semi-regular basis.

For more on everything we know about Halo: Infinite so far, check out GameSpot's roundup of all the key pieces of news and rumours.

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Gets rid of numbering their titles after two main story games in lieu of pretentious Hollow-wood styled subtitles... 343i was a mistake.

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I'm excited for this. I'm a big fan of the Halo games and books, but found 5 to be a little lacking. This trailer honestly makes me think we're going to be getting an open world Halo game, which would be amazing. The ability to traverse the whole ring and explore its nooks and crannies would be a dream come true.

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And the next game will inexplicably be called "Halo Infinite 2"

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@Thanatos2k: The 8th game better be called Master Chief Takes Manhatten.

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@Thanatos2k: And eventually we'll get the AMAZING Halo Infinite Reach!!! :D

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: Don't forget Halo Infinite Wars

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@Thanatos2k: And Halo Infinite ODST

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I tought everyone knew that Infinite = 6...

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So I need to goto the arcade to play halo 6? That’s dumb.

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@SPARTAN_D7: Different game dude. Who's dumb now?

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the title should be Halo 6: Infinite

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@johnnypeps: They will get made fun of because that sounds too much like an oxymoron

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We all love halo.

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That’s good to know. I was hoping that they’d continue the story from where Halo 5: Guardians left off from. Anyway I’m a big Halo fan so I’m very hyped for this next game.

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just call it halo 6 then.

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I suspect Infinite refers to an ongoing campaign. I would ‘t be surprised if the game or some part of it is subscription-based, probably best enjoyed through Game Pass, and received regular story mission updates that furthers the story. It might be the last Halo release because it goes on « infinitely ».

As for all the snarky comments about Battle Royale, the devs came out recently quite strongly against the idea. This is in stark contrast to people at EA and Activision who said stuff like « we don’t have anything to announce at this time » when BR hadn’t been announced for their game.

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Geeez, may as well be system wars here. The salty insecurity is real. :P

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@SecretPolice: Trust me, I've been on this site for 9 years, it hasn't gotten any better. lol

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Trust me, I know as I joined the site 11 years ago and lurked the site for years before joining. Far from getting better, it's got far worse over the years. lol

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@SecretPolice: Actually i think you're right! lol It has gotten worse over the years hasn't it?

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Yeah man, in the last decade or so the fanboys have gotten super rabid and took some fun out of the whole thing. It's cool though, these days I just come for a bit of gaming news and for the laughs. :)

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@xenomorphalien: lol.

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Welcome to Gamespot. System Wars is that-away >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

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It should just be called Halo:Fanfictionite because everything after Reach is garbage.

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@xnshd: Reach was an EPIC finale to Bungie's legacy before they got in bed with Satanvision.....

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@PSYCHOV3N0M: the epic finale was halo 3. they should have stopped after that.

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@xnshd: and you would be wrong.

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@genji_shimada: debatable.

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