343 Industries has revealed Halo Infinite’s multiplayer at the Xbox & Bethesda E3 2021 showcase, reconfirming that the entirety of Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free to play across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. The game’s release date is still a vague “Holiday 2021” at this point.
We got to see our first glimpse of the game’s multiplayer, with huge maps, plenty of vehicles, abilities and game modes. There were even some of the crazy trick shots that the earlier games popularised across the mid-2000s internet.
Building up to this also gave us another look at the huge Zeta Halo ring and the game’s story, partnering John-117 up with an AI that isnt’ Cortana, after the events of Halo 5. We’ll try and add a new trailer for it once it’s uploaded.
It feels like 343 are getting into the final stretch of developing Halo Infinite. Announced back at E3 2018, the studio has created a brand new game engine to cater to Halo Infinite’s semi-open world game design. It’s become a fixture at Microsoft’s E3 showcases since then, building up to the ultimately disappointing Halo Infinite gameplay reveal in July 2020. At that point the game was still intended to release alongside the Xbox Series X|S consoles in November 2020, but it didn’t take too long for the negative reaction to the game’s reveal – partly fuelled by the misguided belief that every game Sony had announced was exclusively for PS5, and that Microsoft was uniquely being “held back” by cross-gen development – and Microsoft decided to delay the game with a new release window in Fall 2021. Just in time for the Xbox and Halo’s 20th anniversary…
343 Industries has been a lot more open about Halo Infinite’s development since the turn of 2021. They’ve committed to posting monthly updates through the game’s final year of development through this. February’s Halo Infinite blog dove into the graphical and world building side of things, there was a lengthy #Ask343 video back in March filled with game details and explanation, and we even got to see them smash up a piano for the soundtrack. All of this is building up to Halo Infinite’s release later this year.