Halo Infinite campaign gameplay overview features a new dynamic sandbox

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has shared several details about Halo Infinite's campaign in a new campaign overview video.
  • The video primarily focuses on the dynamic open world-style campaign gameplay as well as new pieces of information about the story.
  • The Halo Infinite campaign will be available for $60 and will launch alongside the game's multiplayer on Dec. 8, 2021.

In a new campaign overview video, Halo developer 343 Industries has shared several details about what players can expect from the Halo Infinite campaign experience. This includes a detailed look at the game's gameplay, notes about Halo Infinite's story and writing, and more. Notably, this marks the first time that we've seen the Halo Infinite campaign up close ever since the original gameplay reveal in 2020.

The video primarily showed off many of Halo Infinite's gameplay features that are intended to make the experience feel more open, dynamic, and non-linear than previous entries in the franchise. These include the game's day/night cycle, enemy patrols, side objectives in the open world that require you to save Marines or clear out Banished strongholds, named Banished minibosses, and upgrades that you can obtain for Halo Infinite's various Equipment pieces by finding Spartan Cores in-game. There will also be areas where you can call in pieces of ordnance, like weapons or vehicles, to use as you explore Zeta Halo. Have a look at the new footage below:

The video also showed off some brand new hints about Halo Infinite's story. One of the driving elements of the plot will be to find out what happened to Cortana after the events of Halo 5, in which she took control of the Forerunner Guardians and subjugated the galaxy. Additionally, the video also showed some new scenes of the Banished's leader War Chief Escharum and a deadly Spartan-killer Elite named Jega 'Rdomnai. "The Harbinger" that was briefly mentioned in the 2020 gameplay footage was revealed as well, and she appears to be an entirely new character that claims "The Forerunners' lies are at an end" and that "she is the Harbinger of the truth."

Unlike Halo Infinite's free-to-play multiplayer, the Halo Infinite campaign experience costs $60 (notably, you will unlock some campaign-exclusive items in multiplayer). Alternatively, you'll get access to it if you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will also get monthly rewards. The campaign will release alongside the multiplayer suite on Dec. 8, 2021 on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows PCs.

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