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Halo Infinite might take place on Zeta Halo — here's what you need to know

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Halo Infinite (Image credit: 343 Industries)

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We've already dissected the trailer for Halo Infinite and combed it for hidden hints. Several of these indicated that the game will take place on a Halo ring — a type of location we haven't seen since the end of Halo 3 — but which ring specifically is the interesting part. For the first time, it appears that we'll be headed to Installation 07, or Zeta Halo.

This location is different than the other Halo Arrays we've seen in the series in a few ways. Here's what you need to know about what you might find on Zeta Halo.

A lush ecosystem

One of the most unique aspects of Zeta Halo is the fact that the Forerunners used it as a preserve for various species. This was done for the Conservation Measure; in order to preserve life in the universe when the Halo Arrays fired to stop the Flood, the Forerunners kept a small amount of each species contained in safe places away from the blast. During the Forerunner-Flood War, Zeta Halo ultimately fell into Flood hands, but not before the Forerunners were able to move most of the species to The Ark, another safe location.

One the rings fired, the surviving Forerunners seeded the now-empty universe with these species before disappearing. However, given its previous role as a safe haven for lifeforms, it's not outlandish to think that they brought some species back to Zeta Halo. This appears to be the case, as the trailer for Halo Infinite shows both a type of deer and some kind of double-horned rhinoceros. In any case, you can expect to see more types of alien animals and plants then ever before.

Finding our ancient roots

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Halo Infinite (Image credit: Microsoft)

Zeta Halo was home to countless forms of life. However, something interesting is that it was the only Forerunner facility to house humans. The humans that lived on the ring called themselves the Tudejsa, or "The People From Here". They lived alongside the various other plants and animals on Zeta Halo, and there's a very good chance that the ruins (and the strange written language visible on them) in the trailer for Halo Infinite belong to these ancient humans. This would mark the first time we ever get to see relics of the ancient humans in-game.

A dark secret

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Halo Wars 2 (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

While Zeta Halo overall sounds like a place of beauty, the truth is much more disturbing. The leader of the Forerunners, Faber-Of-Will-And-Might, used the ring as a base for conducting Flood cure research with the ancient humans on it. Members of the Tudejsa tribe would often wake up and find that a member of their clan was missing, never to return; this was the result of the Forerunners kidnapping them, using them as test subjects with the Flood, and then terminating them afterwards.

Terrified, the humans came to refer to the site of the experiments as "The Palace of Pain", but in reality, there wasn't just one research facility. There were several, spread out all around the ring, and each one was home to the suffering caused by the Forerunners as they desperately tried to find a countermeasure to Flood infection. Seeing as many Flood-infected humans and other specimens were alive and contained in these facilities when the rings fired, it's entirely possible that the Master Chief will stumble upon them in Halo Infinite...and awaken a nightmare.

Your thoughts

What do you think about all the potential things we might find on Zeta Halo in Halo Infinite? Let me know.

Halo Infinite has no current release date, but if you're looking to scratch a Halo itch, make sure to check out all of these current titles.

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.

24 Comments
  • I think this sounds like a far cry from the original Halo on the OG Xbox.
  • How so? The original Halo game had us explore a world we'd never seen, discover an ancient race, and fight the Flood. It sounds almost identical to me! Except this time there's deer n' stuff. :)
  • Well, for me, it comes down to the tone. The original seemed like it was trying to have the tone of the movie Aliens, while now it seems to have lost all of the humor and it’s all about knowing the back stories and fictions surrounding the universe. I love the feel of the Halo games, and I don’t think any other FPS has been able to capture it, but in my opinion it now takes itself too seriously.
  • The tone of Aliens...and humor? Unless I'm thinking of the wrong Aliens movie, that movie was very serious.
  • Alien, yeah I would agree. Aliens though, was pretty campy. I know it was going for serious, but the one liners didn't really support that,
  • Define "we." We haven't seen Zeta Halo in-game, but the extended universe has explored it quite a bit. Not comprehensively, but enough to explain why there's already an encampment there.
  • I'm thinking it's possible for the Chakas guilty spark to return, perhaps Mendicant Bias. Maybe even the Didact? So many ways this could go.
    Reading this made we remember Riser, I always felt for the little guy.
  • There's a hell of a lot of possibilities for sure.
  • I'm waiting to see the flood, this time stronger, heavier and faster and ever, and with overwhelming odds, boy this is going to turn into a horror game. Can't wait!!!!! Strong as you are Chief, you can't fight the flood alone.
  • Possibly, Open world, fighting everyone Covenant, Prometheans and Flood. I agree we will run into Bias and something we haven't seen yet that's part of this Universe and finally we run into another Mark 2 Spartan from the past games.
  • I also have another theory, if this is a copy of the Halo that was destroyed by the Pillar of Autumn (it wasn't completely destroyed) but if it is a copy then the old Warhog underwater are remanants of the first Halo, the Pillar of Autumn should still be there intact, Halo 3 we saw a copy of the ring but again this is only an Slipspace engine demo.
  • Sorry to burst your theorizing bubble (love when people share their theories!) but Zeta Halo is confirmed to be a different ring entirely. The Halo ring we fire off in Halo 3 is actually what you're thinking of - that ring was built by the Ark's systems in order to replace the one from CE. The ring wasn't ready to be fired in Halo 3, so when we did, the replacement ring destroyed itself. The ring that comes from the Ark in Halo Wars 2 is the second one made by the Ark to replace the very first one. Think of it this way: in Halo CE, we destroy the ring. In Halo 3, we destroy the replacement one. In Halo Wars 2, we see the second attempt at a replacement. I know it's kind of confusing, but I hope that helps!
  • Again it's just a theory but thanks for the info.
  • Not looking forward to the flood 😰🙈
  • i also hope they bring in Atriox from Halo Wars 2 into Infiniti. He's a bad ass villain and would love to have a Chief vs Atriox boss fight.
  • I want Promethian flood. Hundreds of the little suckers running at you AND randomly teleporting all over the place.
  • I only joined the HALO universe less than two years ago and I'm still learning about it and enjoying every bit of it. I'm sure the next installment will not disappoint and in the meantime I have a lot of HALO to play. Thanks for the view into possible scenario. BTW are there any HALO books out there?
  • there are tons look on amazon kindle you can get them all there.
  • There are TONS of great Halo books out there! Two that come to mind that have a lot of Zeta Halo / Installation 07's lore are Silentium and Hunters in the Dark. Advise reading Cryptum before Silentium. HitD I believe is a stand-alone.
  • Thanks for the answers! https://m.windowscentral.com/heres-every-halo-novel-you-should-read-get-...
  • I can't wait for more news on H:I and the game itself.
    I get the impression that this game will return the franchise to the "M" rating. The art work seen in the Slipspace demo along with the back story of the Flood and Palace of Pain set this up to be as scary as H:CE. Back in those days, the moment you walked in those hallways of the installation with the purple blood all over the walls was so intense! I can't wait to see how H:I is.
    However, I don't want some zombie type of horror game - just that level of real intensity that naturally goes along with the Hall story. Thanks for your article.
  • Persistent Halo? With an online component, it could be possible to travel the entire loop.
  • Just contributing some trivial... trivia?
    1. Zeta is the 6th letter of the Greek Alphabet, numerically equal to 7. (Installation 07... Halo "6"... fascinating!)
    2. The monitor assigned to Zeta Halo is known as 117649 (d'ya see that 117 there???) 117649 is numerically 7 to the 6th power. This monitor has still not been located. Maybe we'll find it in H:I! And if we do... whose consciousness is it??
    3. We discovered Zeta Halo during Hunters in the Dark, so it makes sense that there would be an encampment there already.
  • Fun fact: "Tudejsa" sounds very similar to "Tudejsi", which also means "The people from here" in czech language