Microsoft and 343 Industries teased Halo Infinite, a new Halo game that follows the events after Halo 5: Guardians, with a story centered on the iconic character, Master Chief.
Halo Infinite will quench the thirst of fans who have been waiting for a new Halo game after a while, not including the arcade game Halo: Fireteam Raven. The important question, however, is if the newly announced title will help save the Xbox One.
'Halo 6' Unveiled As 'Halo: Infinite'
Microsoft finally announced Halo 6, officially titled Halo Infinite, three years after the release of Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo Infinite was unveiled through a demo of the new Slipspace Engine that was created by 343 Industries for the Halo franchise. The game is now "in active development," with the engine demo also serving as the Halo Infinite announcement trailer.
The trailer starts by showing beautiful environment shots, with wildlife shown in various settings. The video then shows an underwater robot and a small team of marines walking on some fields. The trailer ends with a shot of the helmet of Master Chief, before he drives off to the distance.
343 Industries studio head Chris Lee said in a post on the Halo Waypoint that gamers should expect more time playing as Master Chief in Halo Infinite, compared to the time split in Halo 5: Guardians to also play as Spartan Locke.
Will 'Halo: Infinite' Save The Xbox One?
Microsoft recently confirmed another Crackdown 3 delay, which underlines one of the biggest disadvantages of the Xbox One compared to the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo Switch. The list of Xbox One exclusives is very thin and uninspiring, compared to the PlayStation 4 exclusives and Nintendo Switch exclusives that will play huge roles in E3 2018.
Will Halo Infinite be the game that turns things around for the Xbox One? There is certainly a chance, but it is too early to tell.
The name of Halo Infinite, which moves away from the numbered titles of the franchise, suggests that it may be an open-world game, possibly following a "games as a service" model that will continuously expand with new DLCs. Will a forever-updating Halo game be enough to draw gamers away from the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch?
Unfortunately, the answer to that question may be at least a year away. No Halo Infinite release date has been revealed, and it remains to be seen what the landscape of the video game industry will be like by then.