Halo Infinite's Showcase This Month Will Focus on Campaign, 343 Confirms

Halo Infinite's Showcase This Month Will Focus on Campaign, 343 Confirms

Don't get your hopes up for some slick new Slayer footage.

As Microsoft's big Xbox games showcase for July approaches, we're starting to get a better idea of what we'll be seeing. We've known that 343 Industries is gearing up to show off Halo Infinite for the first time since E3 2019, but now (pending any last minute changes, this year being what it is) Infinite is 100% confirmed for the showcase. It seems that the only part we'll be seeing, though, is its campaign.

In a new post at Halo Waypoint, 343 is pretty specific in its wording regarding what it will bring to the July 23 event, promising a "first look at Halo Infinite's Campaign" while making no mention of its multiplayer. Showing off Halo's single-player before diving into multiplayer is pretty par for the course with how the series has been promoted in the past, but this does suggest we'll be left with plenty of questions about the whole package after the showcase.

Back with the title's announcement in 2018, 343 Industries said that they would be "early flighting programs" for Halo Infinite "much like the current Insider flighting program for Halo: The Master Chief Collection." While those haven't materialized yet, it's possible that we could get details on opportunities like that at the event, multiplayer showing or not.

As for what this campaign showcase will have in store for us, it's hard to say. 343 recently dropped a big hint as to who Infinite's main antagonists are likely to be, and a report from early last year claimed that the single-player may have "more RPG elements" than past installments. A Halo novel set for release in late September will fill in the gap between Halo 5 and wherever Infinite's campaign picks up. Also, in a video released earlier this year, Halo Infinite's head of design Jerry Hook said that the team wants to "help make sure that Halo doesn't become an amalgamation of what the market is currently doing," so don't place bets on a big departure from Halo's core gameplay.

Halo Infinite is set to release for PC, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X alongside the launch of Microsoft's new console. As for what else we'll be seeing with it at this Xbox showcase, it's anyone's guess, but updates and reveals from other Xbox Game Studios developers are practically guaranteed.

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