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Halo Infinite: What We Want At E3 2019 And What We Know So Far

It's time for Halo Infinite to come out of the shadows.

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E3 2019 is one of the year's biggest gaming shows, and it's almost here. Xbox, of course, will have a presence, and one of the biggest games at the show is naturally going to be Halo: Infinite. There's a very good chance that we're going to hear more about this next entry in the long-running first-person sci-fi blockbuster series.

It's been almost four years since the release of Halo 5: Guardians, so it is high time that Microsoft begins to talk about and show off the next entry in the popular shooter series. We know it will be showing up during the Xbox press conference, which takes place this coming Sunday, June 9. (Maybe we'll also hear about the Halo TV show.)

Here's what we know about the Xbox One and PC game, as well as what we'd hope to see from an E3 reveal. We also have thoughts on what Infinite has to do to get people excited about Halo again.

What We Know So Far

Halo Infinite was officially announced a year ago at Microsoft's E3 2018 briefing. Microsoft showcased an impressive-looking trailer not for the game itself, but rather its brand-new engine, Slipspace. While it didn't contain any gameplay, and we know nothing about the story, the trailer got Halo fans hyped for the long-awaited sequel to 2015's Halo 5: Guardians.

While story details are being kept under wraps for now, Microsoft did confirm that Halo Infinite will tell a story that focuses more on Master Chief than Halo 5 did. As fans may recall, that title strayed from the franchise's hero with a storyline that touched on another character, Agent Locke, and even had players fight as him for some parts of the campaign.

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Putting more of an emphasis on Master Chief is the smart call by Microsoft, demonstrating a commitment to getting the story right this time around with Halo Infinite. Microsoft has acknowledged that Halo 5's story was a letdown, so fans will be eager to see how the story grows and improves this time. For what it's worth, Microsoft is telling fans to think of Halo Infinite as Halo 6 instead of some other kind of spin-off or other form of franchise extension beyond the main storyline. It is a "spiritual reboot" of the franchise, according to 343 studio boss Bonnie Ross.

Halo is best known for its multiplayer mode, but unfortunately no details are available at this stage beyond the news from years ago that it will feature local split-screen (huzzah!). Microsoft has said the new Slipspace Engine is capable of supporting numerous different modes, including battle royale (though that mode is not currently in development). You can expect Halo Infinite to bring back its classic team-based multiplayer, but with the Halo franchise generally understood to be not as popular or strong as it once was, Microsoft will need to deliver something new and compelling in the multiplayer department to reignite interest in the aging series. Halo 5's massive-scale, MOBA-style Warzone mode was a refreshing take on the Halo formula, and fans will be looking to see Halo Infinite innovate even further on the multiplayer side.

Another big thing to know about Halo Infinite is that it is coming to Xbox One (or the Xbox One family of consoles; more on that later) as well as PC. That's notable because the Halo FPS series hasn't been on PC since 2004's Halo 2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming this year to PC, so PC players are getting a double-dose of Halo goodness after all the years.

It is also worth noting that Halo Infinite isn't being developed by 343 Industries alone. The studio has recruited SkyBox labs to help; the Vancouver-based studio also worked on Halo 5: Forge for Windows 10 and did the work on Halo 5's Xbox One X enhancements.

What's Confirmed For E3?

Bonnie Ross, the head of Halo developer 343 Industries, has said game director Chris Lee will appear at E3 2019 to talk about Halo Infinite, or at least its new Slipspace Engine. That is all that is confirmed at this stage, however.

What We Hope To See At E3

Last year's trailer for the Slipspace Engine was an exciting first look at what Halo Infinite could be, but Microsoft has yet to share any details on what the game actually is or what it looks like. It is time, at E3 2019, for Microsoft to release new details and gameplay footage for Halo Infinite. What's the story going to be? What will multiplayer offer? How will the team expand on Forge? What is the big new hook to get people excited to return to the aging sci-fi series? We are hoping Microsoft answers these questions and more, even if the company is only willing to talk at a high level.

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There is also the matter of the rumored next-generation Xbox and what Halo's place is on it. The latest rumor is that Halo Infinite will be a launch title for the new Xbox in 2020, while also supporting the current model as well as a cross-generation title. No Halo game since Halo 1 has released as a launch title for a new Xbox, so it would be a big deal, and it makes sense for Microsoft to release Halo Infinite as a launch title for the next Xbox to help sales start strong.

According to Microsoft insider Brad Sams, careers will be made or lost based on the success of Halo Infinite given Microsoft's reported half-billion dollar investment in the game and its engine. Microsoft's commitment to expanding upon and improving Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been impressive, and the game is in a great state today, but it's time for Halo Infinite details.

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They mention that the story in Halo 5 featured Locke and had us fight as him for "some parts of the campaign". That's an understatement! More like 70% of the time, we played as Locke, included the beginning and end. Locke is listed first in the ending credits. He's not a bad character, but the game seemed destined to replace Master Chief as the main protagonist for the series. It wasn't just the play time, it was the fact that the story sets him up to be not just a hero but the guy who saves Master Chief at the end. It came off as very forced. If Halo 5 had been a spin off, it would have probably worked. But as a main title, it was pretty misguided.

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So excited to see me Halo. I think 343i learned a lot from Halo 5's mistakes and the new engine looks really good. Would be a huge boost for the next Xbox if it was a launch title.

As for BR mode, I don't really feel it's necessary, although it would be a good extra option to play.

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So for everyone that's wondering micro transactions are confirmed for halo infinite BUT they also confirmed they are removing req packs so get hyped cause my guess is micro transactions will be used for xp boost or like they did in halo 5 the remember reach pack that gives u old armor from reach.

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I like how the article says Halo 5 'strayed from the franchise's hero with a story line that touched on another character, Agent Locke, and even had players fight as him for some parts of the campaign.'

No, it didn't just 'stray' from the Master Chief and you didn't fight in 'some' parts of the campaign with Locke. The majority of the campaign levels were with Locke. Locke was okay, but he just wasn't interesting enough to move away from the Master Chief that much, especially when we FINALLY got to run with other Spartan 2's.

Anyways, I'm very interested to see what Halo Infinite does. I'm glad they finally created a new engine, because the last two games have disappointed me mostly environmentally. The water and snow particularly in Halo 4 and Halo 5 were major let downs. Halo is meant to be one of, if not the best, looking games on Xbox. Halo 5's faces, armor and weapons looked great, everything else was suspect in my opinion.

Bring Halo back to the glory of Halo 2 and Halo 3. Breath taking and mysterious, incredible campaign level design and amazing set pieces.

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@thelostscribe: I disagree with you a lil lol. I think they are right and the story did stray a bit from the MC. Locke was more of a thing. You even admitted that yourself dude... So what are you talking about???

I'm not interested to see what Halo infinite does. Okay... I take it back. I'm interested in seeing how badly it does and how crappy its micro transactions will be.

New engine is exciting though. I agree with ya there. Space mammals are kind of kool lookin.

Halo 5 armor and weapons looked great? Meh... Hit or miss on that one lol. Reach did a much better job here if you ask me.

And not only bring back the glory of halo 2 and 3 but also halo 1 and halo reach. Those games too did some epic things as well. Maybe a hint of odst as well. Always nice to have some stealthy cool gameplay and somber jazzy music.

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@goldenageplayer: I guess graphics are subjective, but I'm not really sure the point of your first paragraph. I agreed that the story moved away from the Master Chief in Halo 5. My disagreement with them is that the article makes it sound like it only moved a little bit away from the Chief and that you only played some levels as Locke.

My point was Halo 5's focus shifted immensely from the Master Chief and you played the vast majority of the campaign as Locke, not just some of it.

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@thelostscribe: Oh I see now. Sorry. I some what misread what you said. Looking back... Yeah... You're right.

Okay kool. So we're in agreement then. Locke is clearly the main character of the halo 5 storyline instead of our bad ass hero we all know and love. Which wouldn't have been a bad thing in my opinion but you know... Locke is pretty dull if you ask me... Heck... Pretty much all of 343s characters that they have added are pretty dull lol.

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@goldenageplayer: Yes, besides a moment where he basically verbally smacks around some mining corp guy for info half way through the game, I found Locke to be incredibly dull. While the Chief followed orders, you always felt like it was him getting things done his own way. Locke is given orders to hunt down the most legendary soldier of the universe at this point and does so no questions asked with no real opinion on it.

Buck would have been a much more interesting second or main character to Halo 5 as a Spartan, which I was glad they brought him back, but was disappointed he was treated as a rook.

It just felt like a wasted opportunity. Chief finally gets to run with Blue Team and they have them in I think a total of 4 or 5 missions. Meanwhile Locke has no real vendetta against the Chief besides 'the bosses told me so'.

I will say I enjoyed the Chief in Halo 4, pushing back against that chump captain.

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I hope it offers cross-gen online co-op. It's going to be annoying as all hell if I have to upgrade my wife's Xbox One to a neXtBOX just so we can play Halo.

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Something tells me that Halo: Infinite is going to be the big news that everyone comes away talking about from this year’s E3. Considering this year is pretty much “The Microsoft show” that’s not really saying much, I guess.


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@videogameninja: I wish I could share those feelings but I think xbox has been trash since slightly after 2010ish... After halo reach and gears 3 it's been not as good if you ask me. And with gears 5 and halo infinite confirmed to have micro transactions... Count me out lol.

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@videogameninja: I would hope so, but I'm not sure. Didn't they say they only started working on Halo Infinite 6 months or so ago? Then again, it could be classic misinformation so people are surprised it appears at E3. A big shock would be it announced for this holiday season, but I think Gears 5 will be taking up that slot.

Forza 8 probably as well.

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Halo used to be one of my favorite franchises but I just can't get excited about it anymore.

Purely in terms of the single player (Never really got into the MP) The original is one of my all time favorite games & the 2nd wasn't far behind it. I was disappointed with 3 but really enjoyed Reach & ODST. I really didn't like 4 & only played 5 for a bit (At a friends as I didn't/still don't have an XB1 of my own) & really didn't like it at all.

Gears has been on a similar trajectory for me as well & this is a big part of why I never ended up buying an XB1. MS need to hit some big exclusives on the level of some of the Sony/Nintendo offerings to draw me back to there console.

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@steve_lewis_wa: Right there with ya Steve. I think you just made the best comment here.

Halo 1 is legend. At the time there was nothing like it. 16 player console lan. It changed shooters forever with its physics, golden triangle of combat, vehicles, coop mode, music, visuals, AI brains, it truly is COMBAT evolved.

Part 2 had some hiccups but did one great thing... It basically made online console gaming.

I can feel ya on 3. Didn't dig it too much story wise. Especially that cortana level. But the multiplayer was basically the best online shooter for consoles ever made...

Odst is a great shooter coop experience with a wonderful sound track. A bit over priced at the time but it dropped in price quickly.

Reach is my fav game of all time. Just sooo much halo goodness to offer. It failed in some aspects but not in any aspects I was particularly concerned with.

Then 343 took over and welp... Halo 4 of duty and Failo 5 showed up and yeah... Not totally garbage games but no where near what true halo fans want. We don't want micro transactions. We don't want weak story telling. We don't want cod mechanics up the ying yang. That stuff needs to stay in weak shooters like cod. And we don't like content being cut like split screen. We want a actual finished game. That would be nice 343... Just saying...

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@steve_lewis_wa: I enjoyed 4, but I was hesitant to get Halo 5. I picked it up for about $30 bucks and really didn't care for it too much.

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Hard to be excited since micro transactions are apparently going to be involved : (

Hope it's not too annoying and I really hope they end up cutting micro transactions out completely and actually give us a decent halo games for once that doesn't really break you over the 100 dollar mark.

I know I know... "But you don't have to buy the microtransactions" blah blah blah...

You're totally pressured into doing it. Doing so often gives you unfair advantages. It's scummy and annoying. It takes advantage of lil kids... Also means the devs care more about taking your wallet than they do making a good game. Compare micro transaction games to the greats of the golden age of gaming and the golden age stomps the micro transaction age into the dust in terms of quality. I can't think of any micro transaction games that are must haves like perfect dark 64, halo 1-3, doom, doom 2016, metroid prime trilogy etc etc...

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@goldenageplayer: Someone buying a pack with money and me buying a pack with Req points is exaclt the same. They don't get an increased chance of anything.

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@freeryu: Actually it's not the same at all...

Example time for those who are a little slow lol.

You're 100% new to halo 5. So am I. Are you with me so far?

I jump online. So do you. I just bought tons of reqs with my credit card. I can bust out a super bad ass tank at some point. Or a FRG. Or a Saw. Or rockets. I have soo many sweet pieces of gear to choose from once my req level is met.

You on the other hand have not bought any paks. You're on the other team fighting me. You at best have a mongoose or needler to use lololol. Meanwhile I just sniped you because I bought a pak that let me do that. Oh what's that FreeRyu? You want a sniper rifle too? Too bad lol. Not my fault you're a poor bk : )

See how that's twisted and totally different? Or did you lose me...

Long story short... There is totally a difference between paying for a short cut and grinding. Get a brain dude...

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@goldenageplayer: Sounds like you’re one of those bad players that can’t get a kill with out a power weapon. That’s all I got from what you said lol.

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@freeryu: Here's me getting a over kill with the halo reach magnum but okay...

Also have multiple 50s in halo 3.

Looks like the vast majority of my kills are done without the use of power weapons but okay lol. Looks like my most used power weapon in general is the sniper which is one of the harder to use power weapons in the game : )

Sad how you had no counter argument and just attacked my skill level in a pathetic attempt to make fun of me in order to write my argument off as if it's meaningless. You're just butt hurt that you look stupid when trying to defend greedy micro transactions that make the game unbalanced and semi pay to win.

If I was effing horrible at the game it still doesn't change my argument in the slightest. I'm still right. It's still a system that gives advantages to players who pay up. Can't you at least admit that?

I think this guy sums it up best.

And correct me if I'm wrong but at some point didn't they issue req paks that offered stuff that couldn't be grinded for and could ONLY be obtained by using your credit card to buy it through micro transactions? Pretty sure they did that... I can't remember... This game sucks and it's old lol. Anyways... Back to what I was saying.

Apparently me having access to better weapons that you don't have access to because I spent more money than you is a concept that goes right through your head lol. Pay to win must not be something you have heard of lol.

But since you want to go there...

What's your gamer tag? What are your stats? Let's see some of your game play lol. It would be pretty funny to see if it's actually you who's the guy who can't get a kill without a power weapon. I hope that's the case because that would be pretty hilarious lololol. Why not since we're not going to be talking about the facts of how balanced warzone is on a skill based competitive level and instead we're just having a wiener measuring contest lol.

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Hope they follow through on Halo 5's cliffhanger ending and provide some payoff for that story. Despite 5's flaws, the setup with Cortana as the villain has a lot of potential.

Don't do what they did to the Didact, killing him off in a comic between games and partly negating Halo 4's ending.

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@Spartan_418: agreed entirely. I don't have much faith though. Micro transactions are in apparently so that already makes me want to pass this game up... Hopefully that grim news changes.

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@goldenageplayer: The way microtransactions work in Halo 5 doesn't really bother me, you earn enough in-game currency just by playing that there's almost no reason to spend real $ on the packs, it's more a problem with how the unlocks are completely random instead of being tied to progression (it's possible to unlock the coolest Legendary-tier armor set in your very first pack).

That's something that could be fixed in Infinite, despite the microtransactions being there

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Fair point. But it's still lame and greedy lol. I remember when the maps had the vehicles, weapons, and power ups on the battle field already and we simply fought over them with skill instead of getting pressured into busting out a credit card... Clearly 343 was thinking about suckering gamers that have a lack of self control and awareness. Pretty messed up...

So yeah... Halo 5 micro transactions blow. But I have seen worse.

Defending it or making excuses for it isn't kool though. Not saying that's what you're doing but if you are... Not kool lol. Might as well say that a little poop in the hot tub is better than a lot of poop in the hot tub. I guess no poop in the hot tub is too much to ask for lol. If that's the case with halo infinite then you can count me out. Just like how I didn't get halo 5. Saved time and money with that smart choice lol. That game is just about the crappiest halo game ever made. Just my opinion lol.

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Can't wait !!