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Halo Infinite: 343 Industries gives first look at 'Monarch' armor coating

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Halo Infinite (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has revealed a first look at one of the "armor coatings" that players will be able to use in Halo Infinite.
  • Specifically, the armor coating is called Monarch, and features purple armor plates with golden accents.
  • The Monarch armor coating, along with other unlocks, will be available through purchasing one of many various promotional snack items from Mondelez brands.
  • Halo Infinite is expected to launch in 2021 on Xbox and PC.

In a blog post, Halo developer 343 Industries has revealed a first look at one of the customizations players will be able to use in Halo Infinite, dubbed an "armor coating." The armor coating is called Monarch and features purple armor plating with gold accents, giving off a regal look that's fitting for the unlock's title.

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In the post, 343 Industries explained that the Monarch armor coating, as well as other in-game unlocks, will become available to use in Halo Infinite by purchasing special promotional snack items sold by Mondelez-owned brands such as Sour Patch Kids, Chips Ahoy!, and Oreo, among others. Though Halo Infinite isn't out yet due to its delay (which we ultimately support), many of these snack items have already hit shelves in the US and Canada, and it looks like players can input their codes here to make sure that they'll get their content once the game releases.

It's not clear what an "armor coating" is yet specifically, but based on this reveal, I'm inclined to believe that it's a type of skin for multiplayer. It will be interesting to see what other types of unlocks players can earn in Halo Infinite, either through gameplay or through purchase of promotional items, as we get closer to the game's expected release in 2021. You'll be able to play it on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs.

Do you like the Monarch armor coating? Let me know in the comments. Also, make sure to check out the Master Chief Collection while you wait for Halo Infinite, as it offers all of the pre-Xbox One Halo shooters for a stellar price.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

4 Comments
  • Maybe I'm crazy, but I'm not a big fan of the undersuit. Looks way too much like plastic. I hope it is at least considered to be changed.
  • Obviously you just read the headline, looked at the image and then commented. It literally says in the first sentence "one of the customizations players will be able to use". And it is not even included in the game itself but from "purchasing special promotional snack items sold by Mondelez-owned brands such as Sour Patch Kids, Chips Ahoy!, and Oreo..."
  • It's a fair criticism. It is a WIP render, though. When Halo 5 armor was teased like this, it also looked really plasticy - and that game's final models looked amazing, even if the flat lighting in multiplayer kind of hid the details.
  • No matter how knowledgeable you are, there are still many things in the outside world that you still cannot fully understand. Please share great things with me