Halo Infinite: The Brutes Will Throw Grunts At You Thanks To Their Advanced AI

The AI is smarter and more resourceful in Halo Infinite.


Halo Infinite will have smarter AI enemies that take advantage of the environment around them to attack you in new ways, including by picking up fellow enemies and throwing them at you. Jerry Hook, the head of design at 343 Industries, confirmed that Brutes can pick up Grunts and throw them at you--which is new for the Halo series.

"The biggest thing you get with the Brutes that you don't generally see is that they pick up Grunts and throw them at the player. Could an Elite do that? No! A Brute could definitely do that," Hook said during a group interview attended by VideoGamesChronicle.

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Later in the interview, Hook said that "the Grunt toss" is just one element of how 343 has programmed the AI to be more strategic in how they will come after you.

"The Grunt toss is one of the key elements where you see the AI starting to take advantage of the sandbox that you haven't seen before," he said. "So you still have that great feeling of the AI taking advantage of shields and cover that was pretty critical to the Halo experience that we've had in the past, but we wanted to give them more. We wanted to give them more awareness of the sandbox itself and be able to use it. Don't be surprised if you see an AI go grab a different weapon to take you out."

Writing on Twitter, Hook said, "You will see a lot more of the AI interacting with the sandbox than ever before."

Halo Infinite releases this holiday as a launch title for the Xbox Series X, while it will also be released on Xbox One and PC. For lots more on the game, which had its proper unveiling recently, check out some of GameSpot's recent stories below.

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