Halo Infinite December update: Officially set to release in Fall 2021, first multiplayer map, graphics overhaul, and more

    Halo Infinite has officially received its December update promised from 343 Industries. The game is now officially slated to release in Fall of 2021, which is around a year after it was originally set for. Also, the first multiplayer map has been shown off, and brand new details about the graphics overhaul and customization as well.

    Here is Creative Director Joseph Staten’s message about the delay:

     I was part of the Bungie team who made Halo CE, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST and Halo Reach. I came up on the design side of these projects, wearing many different hats over the years including writer, cinematic director, creative director—even a voice for the Grunts.

    After Reach shipped, I became a Halo fan, cheering-on 343i from the sidelines. But I’ve spent the last four months immersing myself back into the Halo universe, and it’s my honor as creative director to help our team ship Halo Infinite in Fall 2021.

    Yep, that’s when the game is coming out. And from now until then, every one of us at 343i and our great partner teams will be building, testing, and polishing an experience we hope all of you love.

    I joined 343i right as the team was wrestling with feedback from the July campaign demo. This discussion boiled down to one fundamental truth: we needed more time to do things right. That included pushing hard in the Fall, giving the team time to recharge over the Holidays, and then coming back in January to finish the game at a healthy place” to keep the verbs consistent.

    Now, to touch on graphics here is a quote from one of Halo Infinite’s Senior Graphics Associates.

    In addition to the graphics tech changes, we have made a lot of improvements on the Art/Content side across all disciplines such as Environment, Lighting, Weapons, FX and more. There is too much to cover here but I’ll just talk through some of the more impactful changes in my mind….

    Firstly, there’s been a lot of work done re-tuning our dynamic lighting values to add more punch and contrast to the image. These included adjustments to our sun intensity, fog/atmosphere, and the addition of color grading which did not make it into the July gameplay demo.

    We’ve improved some of our materials to get more specular response, more wear-and-tear on weapons/vehicles, more fidelity in our characters, and more macro breakup on large surfaces like rocks, terrain, and the hex walls. We’re now also getting more of our textural detail coming through to the final frame thanks to a sharpening process that our graphics team have added. This helps offset some of the natural blurring of temporal anti-aliasing and it certainly helps our assets shine.

    We’re eager to show the progress the team has made in Campaign as soon we can, but we want to make sure we have all the right pieces coming together and this can be tricky with a lot of moving parts and an expansive world of this scope. We know everyone is keen to see more and we look forward to sharing more in future updates in the months ahead.

    Below, you can check out some information regarding the game’s customization features.

    To dial it in a little, the geo that could be changed or added to in Reach was: Helmet, Helmet Attachment, Chest Gear, Shoulder Pads (left and right), Knee Guards, Wrist Gear, and Utility as well as Visor Color. These will all be back, and we will go further. Personally, I have always loved visors and we have a surprise to show soon.

    I understand that there is a level of being vague that is unconscionable, and I am riding that line hard, but we do want to save some surprises for later.

    You can read the entire update from the team here.

    Halo Infinite will launch across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC in Fall of 2021. Stay tuned to Final Weapon for all the latest on the next entry in the Halo series!

    I'm a huge Japanese gaming fan, and someone very invested in the industry as a whole. I love JRPGs such as Xenoblade Chronicles and Final Fantasy, as well as pretty much anything Nintendo.

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