Halo Infinite is Microsoft's big first-party game for 2021. Originally the game was expected to launch alongside the Xbox Series X|S, but was later delayed, making it this year's hottest game for Xbox fans.

Despite its delay, we're still receiving a lot of information about the game, as developer 343 Industries has promised to delivery monthly updates up until its release.

What Is Halo Infinite?

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The latest entry in the Halo series is set to continue the story of Master Chief and deliver the classic first-person shooter action that fans of the franchise have grown to love. From what we've seen so far, the single-player campaign will be more open-ended, allowing players to choose which objectives to tackle. A new antagonist will also drive the plot forward with The Banished, a former Covenant faction previously introduced in Halo Wars 2.

Here's what the game's official blurb has to say:

"When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Begin anew and step inside the armour of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and finally explore the scale of the Halo ring itself."

When Is Halo Infinite's Release Date?

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The game was intended to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X|S, but was delayed shortly after its initial gameplay reveal last year. The decision was made following a negative reception to the trailer, with some fans suggesting the game was failing to push the franchise forward - at least from from a visual perspective.

The full Halo Infinite experience now has a December 8th 2021 release date and, of course, you can already play the recently released multiplayer portion of the game, which is currently still in its beta form.

Will Halo Infinite Be Included In Xbox Game Pass?

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Yes! As one of Microsoft's first-party titles and their number one flagship game, Halo Infinite will be available in Xbox Game Pass the day and date it launches. Not only that, but even those who don't have Xbox Game Pass or an Xbox Live Gold membership will be entitled to play Halo Infinite's multiplayer for free.

What's New In Halo Infinite?

The Halo Infinite gameplay demo last year featured quite a bit of new information regarding the latest title. For a start, the biggest switch-up is the departure from a linear design to something more reminiscent of an open world. During the eight minute gameplay section, we were shown a brief look at the map of the area, which presented multiple objectives for players to tackle in any order.

Not only that, but it looks like Master Chief has some new tricks up his sleeve - one of those being a grappling hook to zip across to enemies. By exploring the world, players will also have the opportunity to gain a variety of upgrades, adding some RPG-lite elements to the game.

What Does The Future Of Halo Look Like?

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According to 343 Industries, Halo Infinite is the beginning of a ten-year long plan. At present those details are scarce, but former studio head Chris Lee spoke to IGN last year about the series' future, laying out some interesting plans.

"Halo Infinite is the start of our platform for the future. We want Infinite to grow over time, versus going to those numbered titles and having all that segmentation that we had before. It’s really about creating Halo Infinite as the start of the next ten years for Halo and then building that as we go with our fans and community."

It's unclear whether this means Halo will be getting other titles similar to ODST and Reach, or if Halo Infinite is going to be used as a base to build upon. Either way, it seems like a fresh and exciting new start for the series.

Are you ready for the release of Halo Infinite later this year? Let us know down below.

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