Although buoyed by a parade of reliable third party hits and the ongoing gargantuan success of Game Pass, the Xbox Series X|S launch lineup has lacked a certain flare. It was far from disappointing, yet considerably less exciting than the cluster of games Sony released with the PS5. Originally, Master Chief had been poised to lead the Xbox vanguard into a new generation though development difficulties – prolonged and exacerbated by the pandemic – meant that Halo Infinite was delayed by Microsoft and the team at 343 Industries, and is now set for release toward the end of 2021.
It’s been quite a while since we last saw a mainline entry in the Halo franchise with Halo 5: Guardians having released more than half a decade ago. Some hardcore fans will say that it’s been even longer since the last truly great game in this long-running FPS series, with Guardians being a divisive sequel to say the least. Thankfully, 343 have managed to whet appetites with their continued work on The Master Chief Collection, bringing the epic compilation to PC over the last year and a half and continuing to refine the experience on Xbox. At the same time we can definitely feel a pang of impatience as we wait for the next Halo.
They may have dropped the number this time around, yet Halo Infinite isn’t a reboot – it picks up sometime after the events of the previous game and while it might lean on the Banished from Halo Wars 2 to be the prime antagonists, will serve as the final part in the current Reclaimer trilogy. With that said, 343 look to be going back to the series’ roots in what’s being described as the most expansive Halo campaign to date.
To that end, they’re shaking things up and stepping away from the wide linear FPS action of before. You’ll be able to explore this new Halo ring through larger, more open world environments, featuring a mixture of main story content and side-content to battle through. Not only that, but it’s a “platform for the future“, which 343 planning to tell more stories through Halo Infinite over the coming decade.
With a glut of vehicles and Master Chief’s new grappling hook gadget, we hope that exploration will be just as exciting as Halo Infinite’s running and gunning, and the delay is affording 343 Industries time to revise and refine the game’s visual style. Microsoft are definitely going all in on this one, the sequel not only launching on Xbox Series X|S but Xbox One and Windows PC too, all available on Game Pass. There’s still a lot we haven’t seen from this game yet with some of Halo’s biggest fans eagerly waiting on that all important (and reportedly free-to-play) multiplayer reveal.
You can find all previous entries in our top 50 list via the links below:
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 50 to 46
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 45 to 41
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 40 to 36
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 35 to 31
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 30 to 26
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 25 to 21
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 20 to 16
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 15 to 11
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 10 Final Fantasy XVI
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 9 Hitman 3
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 8 Dragon Age 4
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 7 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 6 Deathloop
- Our Most Wanted Games of 2021 – 5 Resident Evil Village