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by Monkey Man » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:14 pm



The Master Chief returns in Halo Infinite – the next chapter of the legendary franchise. Developed by 343 Industries and created with our new Slipspace Engine. This thrilling engine demo provides a glimpse into the future of the Halo franchise, leading it into new and unexpected directions.

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Out Holiday 2020, more details at Inside Xbox.

I want to take a moment here to go deeper into the art, science and story of the in-game scene we’ve named “Discover Hope." These elements are not only deeply rooted in the Halo franchise, but illustrate the passion of the entire team to create something more ambitious than anything we’ve done previously. We don’t want to simply build a sequel, we want to build on the story and invention that has gone before and take the gameplay and narrative in bold new directions, while honoring the legacy that fans have fallen in love with for almost twenty years.

So with that immense responsibility in mind, we are building what we internally refer to as a spiritual reboot, a game with a vision set firmly in the future, but a foundation rooted deeply in the things our team and our fans have fallen in love with – the scope, the scale, the heroism and the moments of spectacle and wonder that brought players together on couches, at basement LAN parties, on Xbox Live and in esports arenas for years. The stories of shared adventure and individual discovery that made the first Halo game such a defining moment for millions of gamers – and helped chart the course for countless FPS games ever since. We want to recapture that sense of awe and delighted surprise – and the right way to do that is to lean into the things that are already magical, and build outward from there.

VISUAL APPROACH
Halo has always been a graphically exciting universe to explore. From the epic sci-fi settings, unforgettable alien threats, and the iconic hero in the Master Chief, there are so many amazing things to discover. You can see glimpses from the video how the team has continued to embrace the art direction we touched on last year, envisioned by our Art Director Nicholas “Sparth” Bouvier. The new design for the Master Chief is, by far, the highest fidelity we have ever created to leverage the power of next generation platforms, but with a design that is Master Chief to the core and takes inspiration from the past, with color and texture and detail unavailable to us till now. This same attention to our design for the Chief is true of everything in Halo Infinite. You can see examples in the interior of our UNSC Pelican, the design of our pilot, and even details down to the UNSC logo on his flight suit. Halo Infinite is intended to embrace all that our fans have grown to love in our franchise, while evolving it to something even more visually stunning for players.


UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC
Music is critical to every Halo experience. It has been from the very beginning and in Halo Infinite, we’re taking that tradition very seriously. I am excited to introduce our new Music Supervisor, Joel Yarger, who led the creation of music for major franchises like God of War, Uncharted, and countless other blockbuster video games. Our Audio Director, Sotaro “Tajeen” Tojima, has challenged Joel to find accomplished music composers that can stay true to the musical traditions of Halo -- originally created by maestros Marty O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori -- harness its inherent power, and build on those foundations with new creativity and emotional depth.

Given the enormity of the score’s importance and scope, we wanted to hire a team with a specific working sensibility and skillset. More importantly, a team of talented composers of original music that could work seamlessly with existing melodies and themes to blend the classic and the new – music that will sometimes map to familiar characters and ideas, but also introduce brand new threats, wonders and discoveries in dramatic and immersive ways.

We are excited to introduce Curtis Schweitzer, who composed all of the music in “Discover Hope” and music for Halo Infinite. We have been inspired and impressed by the emotional depth and creativity Curtis has delivered so far. There have been tear-inducing, hair-raising, and spine-tingling moments each time we have listened to his inspired compositions. Joel and Curtis are hard at work on Halo Infinite to bring rich emotion to our experiences, to punctuate the thrilling moments of combat, and to connect players to our universe more deeply than ever before. We look forward to sharing more of this new vision for our music in the future!


THE POWER OF SLIPSPACE
Beneath the hood of every important game rumbles an equally important engine. A game engine can define how a game looks and performs – and that’s incredibly important, but it’s more than a method of putting pixels on a screen and making them dance, it’s also key to a game’s soul. There are millions of lines of code that can be read and understood, but when it’s all running smoothly, those bits create far more than the sum of their parts – they create the soul of a game and the hard-to-describe feeling of holistic fun. The original Halo engine was extremely powerful and, for its time, innovative. It let console players, for the first time, explore worlds at a scale of interaction and visual spectacle that was industry leading in 2001. And elements of that still hold true today.

But as we move forward to Project Scarlett and PC gaming platforms, we have an amazing opportunity to create a powerful new engine to take advantage of new hardware and architecture – and take better advantage of the still-not-fully-tapped power of the Xbox One.

There were some inward facing reasons to do this now. We want better, more flexible tools, so that our artists and engineers have more agility and are taking advantage of more power and performance to iterate on our experiences. To push things further and higher and faster than we have been able to in the past. We want to give our creative teams faster workflows and better control over the creations and concepts that are vital to the player experience.

Slipspace not only empowers our creative teams to reach detail and performance no Halo has ever delivered, but also provides technology and tools – from cameras to facial capture that will let us tell intimate stories like the moments you witness in “Discover Hope” -- and the ability to iterate and update those experiences to compliment gameplay. By harnessing the power of our new Slipspace Engine and combining it with the power and promise of Project Scarlett, we plan to build the Halo game we’ve always dreamed of – and share it with even more players, competitors, adventurers, and creators than ever before.


BEGINNING THE NARRATIVE
The Master Chief is our hero and Halo Infinite will continue his decades long saga. While we plan to introduce important new characters -- like the resilient Pilot you already met in the video -- this story is the Master Chief’s. The universe will continue the continuity of Halo 5 and in that sense contain the adventures that led up to this moment, but in the pursuit of our “spiritual reboot” and the launch of a new console, we also want to make sure that this is a perfect starting point for new players too. This story will mark the beginning of a new chapter and challenge for the Chief, but it will also respect and continue threads that led to this point. If you’ve never played a Halo game before, this will be a great place to jump into the story. You’re arriving in the middle a universe at war, with a sense of history underlying your entry into the world. But it will also feel fresh, full of potential, and new adventure. We will weave in context and guideposts to understand your place in a new universe. But if you’ve invested in Halo for all these years, you’ll feel immediately at home – and some of our story moments will spark a different resonance for your investment.

To tell great stories, you need great storytellers, and great storytelling capabilities. Paul Crocker, our Associate Creative Director, and Dan Chosich, Narrative Experience Director, have done an amazing job weaving story and technology together for Halo Infinite -- and the “Discover Hope” video is just a glimpse of that. Although the content here is ultimately a real part of the game we’re building, the team balanced polishing this moment with the rigor and effort of our mainline game production schedule. This was a labor of love from more folks than we can name, who worked long days to get it right from a place of pure passion. It will change and evolve as the process continues, but simply getting it into a state of readiness and polish separately from the main production pipeline is a herculean effort and we’re extremely grateful to them.

Our new focus on art direction that both advances Halo’s scale and fidelity, while also looking to its history for inspiration and aesthetics, is amplified and augmented by the Slipspace Engine, the Xbox ecosystem, the potential of the PC platform and the incredible opportunities afforded to us by Project Scarlett.

It’s also helping our effort to lean into the core storytelling principles that made Halo so engaging for fans. “Discover Hope” is the first glimpse into this story and sets the stage for the beginning of Halo Infinite, leaving you with a sense of mystery, curiosity and wonder for us to unravel together in the coming months.

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E3 2018: World Premiere of Halo Infinite

For millions of fans around the world, Halo has become the quintessential Xbox experience. Whether it’s descending onto the shores of Installation 04 in The Silent Cartographer from Halo: Combat Evolved, struggling against the endless onslaught of Covenant in Halo: Reach or landing a perfect four-shot in Halo 5: Guardians, the Halo franchise is filled with unforgettable moments.

At E3 2018, 343 Industries officially announced that the next chapter in the epic Halo saga is in active development – Halo Infinite. Unveiled through a thrilling engine demo, Halo Infinite will be a new Halo experience centered on the Master Chief that continues the current storyline.

Speaking of the engine demo, viewers will have noticed the name Slipspace Engine. The new Slipspace Engine, created by 343 Industries specifically to power future Halo experiences, will enable the studio to deliver on the wonder and beauty of the Halo universe with emergent experiences for gamers of today and tomorrow.

Of course, fans around the world will break down every single frame of the engine demo for more clues on what Halo Infinite could entail. We caught a couple of hidden Easter eggs – can you? 343 Industries stated that the game, art, and tech elements are still in progress and many of the assets and designs will certainly evolve between now and the release of the game; what fans should take away from the engine demo is the promise of the Slipspace Engine and its capabilities in powering “Halo Infinite” and how the story will center on the Master Chief.

Only time will tell what 343 Industries has in store for the future of the Halo franchise, but we’re excited for the potential of the Slipspace Engine, its capabilities in powering Halo Infinite and how the story will center on the Master Chief.

Be sure to stay tuned to Xbox Wire for all the latest E3 2018 news this week.

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PostRe: Halo Infinite announced (XB1/Win 10)
by NickSCFC » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:17 pm

Those graphics look stunning, glad to see some out of the box thinking from 343i with Halo :)

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by Garth » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:59 pm

E3 2018 is a monumental moment for the Halo franchise and for us here at 343 Industries, and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you a glimpse of our new Slipspace Engine, which will power our next title, Halo Infinite. It’s been a busy stretch here at 343 since the launch of Halo 5: Guardians between supporting the title with post-release updates and secretly working on our new Slipspace Engine tech in parallel. Finally showing the world some of what we’ve been working on has really energized the team!

The Slipspace Engine demo shown at the E3 2018 briefing is the culmination of years of work and is infused with the passion of hundreds of people here at 343 Industries. When we started this project, the team’s vision for the game was ambitious – so much so that we knew we had to build new tech to fully realize our goals for Halo Infinite. The E3 demo showcases some of the exciting potential of this technology – everything you see is running in-engine. We still have a long way to go until we ship the game, so things will certainly evolve between now and the release of Halo Infinite, though the engine demo is a clear indication of the direction we are heading with our next game and a great snapshot of where our tech is right now.

It’s hard to believe that 343 Industries was formed just over a decade ago. Over the years, the team has learned a lot from creating Halo 4 and Halo 5 and from you, our community. I hope you can see nods to some of that in our demo, such as the approach to some visual elements. Halo Infinite will feature Sparth’s (Art Director, Nicolas Bouvier) new art style that draws significant inspiration from the most iconic and historic parts of the Halo franchise and your feedback, all while modernizing and taking advantage of the full power of the Xbox One family. The new Master Chief helmet directly showcases our new art style.

The team also heard feedback loud and clear on the amount of time spent playing as the Master Chief in Halo 5. In Halo Infinite, the game will focus on the Master Chief and continue his saga after the events of Halo 5.

I know waiting can be hard for folks who are excited for more info about the game. We are taking the time we need to make the right game and are making changes to how we approach things this time around. The goal of the entire 343 Industries team is to make a great Halo game for our fans that also invites new players into our franchise. We will have some new and unexpected directions to take folks in and I believe the way we achieve that is to build alongside our community, iterating and improving as we go.

In the future, you will be able to join early flighting programs that will let members of the community play the game with us, and give direct feedback, much like the current Insider flighting program for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It will take some time for us to be ready to kick those flighting events off, but when we do they will start small and grow along the way.

I would love to hear from you as we build Halo Infinite. You can hit me up @tefferlee on Twitter and let me know what you think about the engine demo. Keep in mind that I do have a game to build so you won’t see me out there on social media quite as often as other folks, but I will definitely be listening along with the development team. And don’t worry, our community team constantly funnels feedback and info to us as well. If you are someone who wants to directly help realize our vision for this game, check out our careers page at the brand new 343industries.com site to see if there is a role for you here at the studio and Halo.

I’m incredibly proud of what the 343 Industries development team has done with the Slipspace Engine and this first tease of Halo Infinite, and I look forward to sharing more with you all in the future once we are ready. Thank you all for your support and passion for Halo. This is an exciting moment for all of us, and we look forward to embarking on this journey together!

Chris Lee, Studio Head, FPS

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PostRe: Halo Infinite announced (XB1/Win 10)
by captain red dog » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:08 pm

Glad to hear there is no more Spartan Locke bullshit, but they need to go some way to rectify the damage Halo 5 did to the series. It looks from that teaser like they are pushing back to the roots of the series, it has a Halo CE vibe about it, which can only be a good thing.

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by Hime » Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:33 pm

Awesome. I know we don't know acting about it but I was hoping they would try going a different direction with the series. I didn't mind Halo 4 and 5 but they obviously haven't been overly successful, a more open world setting would really benefit the games going forward.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:05 pm

I can definitely see this as a Halo take on what Far Cry does. Large open world with loads of missions and things to see and do.

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by HSH28 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:12 pm

Don't know why they think they can't talk about what the game actually is, it doesn't make any sense to me.

Sure its a way out and they don't want to or can't go into detail about it, but an overview would make sense to me, without it you are going to end up with people either being disappointed because the game won't turn out the way they imagine it, or you'll turn people off because they'll imagine it's not going to be the game they want.

You can't get that initial response back after the announce.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:16 pm

Watching the trailer again and we've got forerunner installations (And an actual Halo) but I'm wondering if the Covenant are back as the enemies.

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by Photek » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:18 pm

Halo Infinite looked more like Combat Evolved than anything else, which is a very good thing.

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by Venom » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:24 pm

HSH28 wrote:Don't know why they think they can't talk about what the game actually is, it doesn't make any sense to me.


I said in other thread Geoff Keighley pressed Aaron Greenberg about it, this will be the continuation of the series and Master Chief's story and the game has a bigger bolder vision than before. So Halo: Destiny-ish perhaps.

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by Photek » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:33 pm

It’s Halo 6 but built on a brand new engine hence the delay. It’s not gonna be like Destiny or Anthem. The Halo mp is enough, rumour is MP in this will be everything from 4v4 to 32v32.

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by HSH28 » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:40 pm

Venom wrote:
HSH28 wrote:Don't know why they think they can't talk about what the game actually is, it doesn't make any sense to me.


I said in other thread Geoff Keighley pressed Aaron Greenberg about it, this will be the continuation of the series and Master Chief's story and the game has a bigger bolder vision than before. So Halo: Destiny-ish perhaps.


Maybe, but maybe not.

They've said its a continuation of the story, but the way they are being so vague about it might mean its not a story lead game in the way the other main Halo games have been.

The tech looked good and I like the idea of that setting again, but some idea of the focus of what the actual game is would have been better I think.

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by Venom » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:41 pm

Okay, cool.
The quote from 343i says 'Halo Infinite will feature Sparth’s (Art Director, Nicolas Bouvier) new art style that draws significant inspiration from the most iconic and historic parts of the Halo franchise.' What is that? From trailer I think it is less gritty, Master Chief looks more stylised.

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by Tafdolphin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:45 pm

Cheeky Devlin wrote:I can definitely see this as a Halo take on what Far Cry does. Large open world with loads of missions and things to see and do.


Almost certainly open world judging from some of the shots there

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by Photek » Sun Jun 10, 2018 11:45 pm

Even the music was back to Halo 3 stuff. Late 2019 I reckon.

Can’t see it being open world but maybe massive places like the silent cartographer. Glad it’s on a Halo again tho.

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by Peter Crisp » Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:41 am

Cheeky Devlin wrote:Watching the trailer again and we've got forerunner installations (And an actual Halo) but I'm wondering if the Covenant are back as the enemies.


I hope so as the Prometheans are rubbish.

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by Photek » Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:09 am

Peter Crisp wrote:
Cheeky Devlin wrote:Watching the trailer again and we've got forerunner installations (And an actual Halo) but I'm wondering if the Covenant are back as the enemies.


I hope so as the Prometheans are rubbish.

It's funny that Gears are going back to the Locust and Halo might be going back to The Covenant, I really think this Halo looks like a reboot of sorts. Really looking forward to it.

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by Gemini73 » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:24 am

Halo open world could be really cool.

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by Tafdolphin » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:28 am

Just watched the trailer again; those graphics really are something. An open world Halo with that sort of grunt could be very interesting indeed.

But, it's 343. After 2 tries and all the money in the world they've failed to make a Halo game that has been anywhere near the quality of the Bungie games, so gotta leverage all the positive aspects against that.

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by Garth » Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:40 am

Gemini73 wrote:Halo open world could be really cool.

Yeah, I think that's a good way for Halo to go. It would help bring back that feeling of scale the first game had, and could play well to Halo's combat sandbox strengths. I like that they're taking more inspiration from the older games with the art style too.


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