New audio clip suggests the Banished will be in Halo Infinite

Official Halo Wars 2 artwork.
Official Halo Wars 2 artwork. (Image credit: 343 Industries)

What you need to know

  • The official Halo Twitter account posted a new audio clip that strongly suggests the Banished will return in Halo Infinite.
  • The speaker in the clip is a Brute within the Banished faction.
  • Forces "controlling a ring" are mentioned, which may refer to the Halo ring seen in Halo Infinite's trailers.
  • Halo Infinite is slated to launch during Holiday 2020 on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

A new audio clip from the official Halo Twitter account has been released that strongly implies the Banished, a rogue group that broke off from the Covenant, will be in Halo Infinite. Based on the voice in the clip, the speaker is a Brute within the Banished faction. This Brute mentions that "forces control the ring," but that "within hours, it will be under our control." This is referring to a Halo ring, and based on what we know so far about Halo Infinite, it's very likely that this clip is referring to the Halo ring seen in both of Halo Infinite's trailers.

The "forces" mentioned are most likely members of the UNSC (especially since the Brute goes on to say that "humanity will burn"), and both Halo Infinite trailers show that the UNSC is ⁠— or was ⁠— on the Halo ring. We know that the UNSC lost a battle according to the Pilot character from the second trailer, and that the Halo ring ends up partially destroyed. Perhaps the Banished wiped out most of the UNSC, but the ring sustained heavy damage as a result?

Here's the full transcript of the clip:

The hour approaches. Forces occupy the ring. Within hours, it will be under our control. Humanity...will burn. Their brazen defiance will be all but a memory. No more more lies! We stand together! Brothers to the end. We are his will. We are his legacy. We are the Banished.

What do you think of this audio? Are you excited to see Atriox and the Banished again following their Halo Wars 2 debut? Or do you think the Banished won't be in Halo Infinite after all? Let me know.

Halo Infinite is expected to launch in Holiday 2020 alongside the Xbox Series X. It will be available on that console, as well as on Xbox One and on PC. If you want to enjoy some Halo now, though, we highly recommend the Master Chief Collection.

Brendan Lowry

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