In a recent interview, 343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross referred to Halo Infinite as the “spiritual reboot” of the Halo franchise. The studio head explained how Microsoft and the developers are trying to achieve greater things with the upcoming game.
According to Ross, the team went back to do things the right way with Halo Infinite in order to avoid the criticism of its previously released titles Halo 4 and Halo 5.
There has been a lot of introspective time to really reflect on what have we done as 343, where have we made mistakes, where have we hit it right, and what does Halo mean to all of us.
Halo Infinite is coming from [a place of], ‘What does Halo mean to all of us?’ The trailer that we did [at E3], that’s what Halo means to the studio. Maybe it took us two games to get there. We’ve done good things and bad things. But what does Halo mean to us? It’s about hope and wonder and heroism and humanity and community and bringing a community together. That’s what that trailer is, and that’s what we want to do [with Halo Infinite].
She also admitted that the fact that Halo 4 multiplayer lacked some features and how Halo 5 had a story full of different characters. So the team aims to deliver the best of both: story and multiplayer in one single package in Halo Infinite.
So I look at Infinite as, we’re going to put the whole thing together, studio head said. Story is incredibly important and so is multiplayer. We have audiences that champion both sides–and then a lot of them that like both of them.
Moreover, in the same interview, Ross praised the newly released Apex Legends by calling it being more similar to Halo than Fortnite.
She acknowledged the demand for battle royale mode in the next Halo game but the team will only do what “needs to be the right thing for Halo”. There’s wasn’t any confirmation or denial to it so we are hoping to get the mode sometime after the game launches.
343i has already confirmed that the game’s story will be easily approachable for the newcomers but also at the same time for hardcore fans of the series. There’s no release date yet for Halo Infinite and at the latest, we are expecting the game to come out is in not until 2020.
Halo Infinite is a first-person action shooter in development at 343 Industries exclusively for PC and Xbox One.