Halo Infinite's story won't require knowledge of Halo Wars 2

Halo Infinite War Chief Escharum
Halo Infinite War Chief Escharum (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • Halo Infinite campaign gameplay was shown today during the Xbox Games Showcase.
  • According to a new interview with IGN, players won't need to have played Halo Wars 2 to understand Halo Infinite.
  • The interview also revealed that the new villain is a Banished War Chief called Escharum.

While Halo Infinite campaign gameplay was shown earlier today, there's If you've been one of the players who were worried that the Banished being involved in Halo Infinite would be off-putting for anyone who hasn't played Halo Wars 2, you can rest easy.

According to a new interview on IGN, while the Banished have been brought in "Because they're super cool and everyone likes them," you won't have to play Halo Wars 2 to understand their context within the story. Context from media outside the games was somewhat necessary for understanding Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, a problem 343 Industries acknowledged and is trying to avoid here.

The interview also revealed that the new villain in Halo Infinite is a Banished War Chief named Escharum. He leads the Banished on this particular damaged Halo ring and he's an old, tired warrior.

Halo Infinite is coming to Xbox One, PC and Xbox Series X.

Xbox Series X/S


Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

  • Underwhelming....did not demonstrate Series X's power!
  • Maybe you should show them what it's really capable of. Now off to coding you go.
  • This is one of the weirdest conter-arguments I see, telling someone that doesn't work in that field to "show it". Microsoft kept saying that Halo Infinite was built with Series X in mind, but it wasn't, it was basically a Xbox One game that is running at 4K/60fps, you can't expect gamers to be disappointed when is Microsoft setting the expectations and this is specially bad when at the same time we see games at the competition's event that look truly next gen.
  • Agreed this argument is terrible. If you take a car to a mechanic and they don't fix it prolly you aren't going to sit back and say, "oh well, I couldn't have done it any better so let's just leave it at that".
  • Is the knowledge of Halo 4 and 5 required? As apparently this game as nothing to do with Prometheans? This is so disturbing
  • When that scene of the Banished started, immediately I was concerned...did not look next gen at all. I get it that I'm not a programmer so my expections are entirely self centered and lacking knowledge of how complicated behind the scenes are....but for the amount of boasting the Series X has been hyped up to be, I personally was not impressed... Many will probably disagree and that's okay. This is like I said, my basic opinion based off little knowledge of the programming world.
  • I just hope this is not the last halo game like others are saying and hope its a campaign 2 player couch co-op. Awesome playing together with my kids.