Microsoft’s E3 2018 presentation included a look at the next installment in the Halo saga from 343 Industries. Titled Halo Infinite, the new game in the series is built on the Slipstream engine. Phil Spencer appeared on stage to say it would be Master Chief’s “greatest adventure.”
Although a trailer was shown, it was largely just a showcase a number of environments, from a desert to a forested area. At the very end of the trailer a number of soldiers are shown throwing down a flare, the camera then pulls out to show Master Chief’s helmet in the corner of the screen, confirmed his return. It’s notable that the game, at least at this point, will not have a number in the title, as the other core entries in the series do.
While there was no indication of this during the actual press conference, it seems that what we saw was not an actual game. A press release shared by Microsoft afterward described the footage as a “thrilling engine demo that provides a glimpse into the future of Halo, leading the franchise into new and unexpected directions.” You can check out some screenshots of the game–if it can be called that at this point–below.
The timing seemed right for a return to Halo, since it’s been three years since Halo 5: Guardians. The franchise has been mostly quiet since then, and we predicted that wouldn’t last. However, based on this only being an engine demo, an actual release for Halo Infinite may still be a long ways off.