A story teaser for we can only assume is Halo Infinite has dropped ahead of the first party Xbox Series X reveal event Microsoft have planned for July. It reveals the Banished to be the antagonists of the highly anticipated shooter.
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The voice heard through the transmission says:
[garbled] approaches. [garbled] forces occupy the ring. Within hours it will be under our control. Humanity will burn, their brazen defiance will be all but a memory.
No more prophets, no more lies. We stand together, brothers to the end.
We are his will. We are his legacy. We are the Bandished.
It’s an interesting shift for the series and confirms rumours that the Banished would make an appearance in Halo Infinite. These were the antagonists found in RTS spin-off sequel Halo Wars 2, led by the banished Brute warlord Atriox. It seems to suggest that Atriox has died, but that his followers continue to fight, taking the battle to a new ring.
Recent rumours have suggested that the game will be a “one shot” story, similar to the 2018 God of War. That is to say that it will be one continuous experience with no cuts or breaks. That would be a fascinating choice in its own right, but so too is the decision to feature the Banished. How it ties into the story of Halo 4 and Halo 5 isn’t known, but the game will revert to only following Master Chief and not the character hopping storyline of the last game.
Halo Infinite was announced back at E3 2018, before being confirmed at E3 2019 to be an Xbox Series X (then codenamed Project Scarlett) launch title and cross-generational release, and also coming to PC. The game is built in a new Slipspace engine, created specifically for the title. It will also feature split-screen co-op once more.
In the meantime, 343 Industries are also continuing their work to bring Halo: The Master Chief Collection to PC. They started with Halo Reach in late 2019, before releasing Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary in the first half of 2020. There’s just Halo 3, Halo ODST and Halo 4 to go. Once Halo Infinite comes out, just Halo 5 will be the last remaining Halo shooter not on PC.