Continuing on yesterday’s Halo Infinite multiplayer reveal, today 343 Industries has just dropped a closer look into the additional features, customization options, and the Halo Battle Pass system through a new 12-minutes long development trailer. Read on below to see what new information they’ve revealed and where to watch the multiplayer video.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Features and the Razorback
343 Industries is trying to expand Halo‘s customization option (barring the color/coating system) with Halo Infinite. At the very least, eight pieces of your Spartan’s armor can be swapped freely, from the helmet, visor, to gloves, prosthetics, and the armor core, aka Spartan’s underwear. And it doesn’t stop at armor. One of the completely new addition is the Personal AI. It will deliver helpful unique moment-to-moment updates, humorous quips and shows up as a hologram when you’re capturing objectives. The development team said that the in-game user interface would be customizable too, helping you make more distinct friend-foe outlines, lets you personalize objectives like flags, and work as accessibility options as well. You will be able to easily modify your Spartan’s look either from the in-game Armor Hall or via the Halo Waypoint website and an upcoming mobile app.
To help you familiarize yourself before jumping in online, the game will have a Spartan Academy mode where NPC Spartan Commander Laurette will help you learn the maps, how weapons and equipment works, and practicing in bot matches. You can set up how many friendly and hostile bots’ numbers and their difficulty as your training partners as well.
As lead sandbox designer Quinn Delhoyo teased early this year, vehicles in the game will have locational damage. They will break by parts, for example, a Warthog can lose one of its wheels, and it also affects how it steers. Senior sandbox designer Brian Berryhill also added that there is a “doomsday mechanic,” which means once your Warthog or other vehicle catches on fire, you only have a brief period to decide what to do with it: keep attacking a control point and risking your life or do a strategic retreat?
Talking about wheels, one brand-new vehicle shown in the Halo Infinite multiplayer trailer is the Razorback. Described as the “cousin to the Warthog,” it’s not only capable of carrying three passengers, but it’s equipped with a multi-storage compartment. Letting you store power weapons like a Rocket Launcher, detached turrets, fusion coil, and even objective items.
Vehicles and power weapons also no longer spawn from thin air like in previous games’ multiplayer modes. Instead, you can see them being dropped from a Pelican or a weapon pod, and there will be a voice notification for the whole players about their availability as well. That means map control and familiarity will be more important than ever; once a Scorpion is on the scene again, you can bet everyone is going to rush there. Planning (and avoiding) ambush on the fly can be one of your keys to victory.
How Halo Infinite Battle Pass Will Work
Lead player investment designer Christopher Blohm details how you can acquire new customization items and Battle Pass for Halo Infinite. The team promises that there won’t be random loot boxes in the game, but “one of the varieties of places” to unlock customization contents is through Battle Pass. Live design director Ryan Paradis added that the team wouldn’t put cosmetics from a Battle Pass as an individual purchase option in a storefront.
Considering the team said that you have to buy the Battle Pass and “a lot of” customizations are unlocked from playing the game, it won’t come as a surprise if at least a number of items that are not in the Battle Pass will be purchasable by real money. The multiplayer mode is released as a free-to-play game, after all. For more detail, you can watch the latest Halo Infinite multiplayer overview trailer below.
“The Halo Battle Pass will never be taken away from you. And what do I mean by that is, once you buy it, it’s yours and does not expire. In future seasons, you can purchase old Battle Passes as well as the current Battle Pass and choose which Battle Pas to put your progression toward.”
Halo Infinite will be launching in this holiday season, along with the free-to-play multiplayer mode and expanded Big Team Battle. In the campaign mode, we play as Master Chief again and accompanied by new characters — the Pilot and a new AI called the Weapon — you have to explore Zeta Halo, defeat the Banished forces who control the ring, and unravel even more mysteries along the way. Stay tuned at The Nerd Stash for more info on E3 2021, Halo, and other upcoming games.