Microsoft has given more details about Project Scarlet, its next gen console, and confirmed it will be launching in Holiday 2020. To mark that announcement Microsoft confirmed the first title for Scarlett and it shouldn’t be too surprising. Halo Infinite has been confirmed as a launch title for Project Scarlett and you can watch the trailer for the game below. It’s pretty bleak out there, showing Master Chief an era where humanity lost the war.
There it is then. Next-gen officially begins in winter 2020. I hope you’re ready.
Halo Infinite was announced this time last year at E3 2018, but at the time details were spartan, to say the least. 343 Industries demoed the game engine and little else, showcasing their new Slipspace Engine and its ability to handle a dynamic time cycle. Could this hint at an open world game? We’re still pretty much none-the-wiser, but our anticipation is rising!
Though Halo Infinite will be a launch title for Xbox Project Scarlett, Microsoft have seemed committed to breaking down the lines between hardware generations. Though there will almost certainly be technical compromises from this, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the game also appearing on Xbox One and Xbox One X, especially given the number of cross-generational releases that we saw around the launch of the current generation.
Between now and then, 343 have continued to plug away at Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The ambitious anthology struggled with technical issues at launch and 343 realised the need to return to it and thoroughly update it in order to preserve their legacy. This started last year with a near ground-up rewrite of the game for Xbox One X, bringing 4K resolution support to the game, and it continues this year with Halo: Reach and a port to PC.
This was demoed for the first time just a few days ago, and you can see the impressive results of the Halo: Reach remaster here. That will be the first game in the collection coming to PC, with further games released episodically in chronological order thereafter. Reach will also be coming to Xbox One X.
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