We now have our first proper look at Halo Infinite's gameplay. Straight from the Xbox Series X first-party gameplay showcase today on July 23, we've got our first look at the Master Chief in action in the game's campaign.
The debut Halo Infinite gameplay showed off a fancy new CG trailer, before delving into gameplay from the year 2560, two years after the events of Halo 5: Guardians. It sounds like the Master Chief is on an intergalactic hunt for a new Halo, and he's dragging along the pour soul who found him adrift in space, much to the latter's annoyance.
You can see the 8-minute demo in its entirety just below. Master Chief hops in a Warthog and goes for a ride around a pretty sizeable open-world section, pulling up a pretty detailed map in the process. It's official, Halo Infinite has at least slices of an open world.
After the gameplay premiere, it was revealed that you'll be exploring a complete Halo ring in the campaign. It's actually going to be "several times larger than the last two Halo games combined," these being Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. That's pretty damn big.
As was previously rumored, the Master Chief does in fact have a grappling hook attached to the left arm of his suit. The grappling hook was rumored for a fair while for Halo Infinite, before it resurfaced on new art for the game just yesterday. Now we finally know that you will be zipping around Halo Infinite's campaign using a special grappling hook.
Additionally, the new big bad faction for Infinite is in fact the Banished from Halo Wars 2. A teaser last month in June pointed to the Banished returning from the strategy spin-off, and we now know for certain that the Covenant splinter group will be returning to face off against Master Chief.
However, there's no release date for Halo Infinite just yet. This is because it's still slated to launch the same day as the Xbox Series X, and so when Microsoft announces the release date for their new console, we'll also know the date that Halo Infinite will be releasing on.