Much of Halo Infinite is still under wraps. There are a couple in-engine trailers to gawk at, but no gameplay footage. If Microsoft keeps its big upcoming digital event close to the time E3 2020 was scheduled for, then we're likely not far away from our next look at Infinite—so far we've seen more of Halo Infinite's field audio recordings than we have of the game. The latest installment, at least, is a feast for the ears.
Some of 343 Industries' audio recording teases for Infinite have been a little cryptic: sounds from an Xbox controller testing lab will go on to become who knows what, while the gurgles of a pug may become the basis of some alien snarls. Today's video is pretty easy to parse, though: a few cars, a buggy, a helicopter, and a jet were recorded to create sounds for Halo's iconic vehicles.
It's safe to assume that the Chevrolet El Camino and Nissan Rogue captured here will be used for Infinite's version of Halo's Warthog, but the other vehicles are a bit harder to pin down. As with other details about Halo Infinite, so far some of our info on which vehicles are returning comes to us via toy reveals: the official Halo Twitter confirmed the Mongoose quad bike with a look at some Mega Construx kits.
The chopper is probably the most interesting inclusion of the bunch: Halo has cycled through a few different VTOL craft in previous mainline titles, never settling on one design. Halo 3's Hornet, Reach's Falcon, or Halo 5's Wasp could use the whup-whup of a chopper in their sounds. A comeback for at least one of them seems likely given Infinite's tilt toward Halo's classic industrial designs.
Then again, any of these vehicles could be recorded for something new and unexpected. After all, the inclusion of a early 20th century tractor in 343's recordings doesn't guarantee there'll be old timey farming equipment in Halo Infinite (unless it's shaping up to be a very different kind of game).
Hopefully, we'll be able to hear the fruits of this labor in context sooner rather than later. In a recent interview, Xbox Head Phil Spencer said the team at 343 is "staying on top of the issues" of developing Halo Infinite while working remote because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, Spencer doesn't think Microsoft would hold back the launch of the Xbox Series X if Infinite needs to be delayed.
Currently, Halo Infinite is slated to launch for the Xbox One, PC, and Xbox Series X alongside Microsoft's new console come Holiday 2020.