First glance at multiplayer in Halo Infinite

Microsoft revealed today at its E3 briefing that Halo Infinite would offer free-to-play multiplayer. Grappling hooks are back, as are Brute choppers, and Capture the Flag is still the finest multiplayer game mode in the world (well, they didn’t mention that in the video, but it’s true).

Microsoft unveiled an intriguing montage of Halo Infinite multiplayer action today, featuring many of the series’ signature sandbox features.

There is no set release date yet, but it will be available “Holiday 2021.” There’s a lot more information that can be found on the Halo blog.

Here’s what stood out to me in the trailer:  

  • The Brute Chopper, Banshees, Ghosts, the Mongoose, Scorpion tank, and Warthogs all return
  • It looks like there’s a new human flying vehicle that looks like a compact fighter jet
  • Spartans can slide like in Halo 5
  • There’s still sprinting
  • Grappling hooks in multiplayer! You can grab an explosive barrel and chuck it, grapple hook a weapon into your arms, or grapple to the ceiling to give yourself a big jump
  • The shotgun looks new and sounds *meaty*
  • Gravity hammer and energy sword are both back
  • There’s a heavy machine gun that looks new (or possibly a rework of a previous weapon)
  • A Spartan fires off some kind of energy pulse from one arm, and at another point, a Spartan pulls up a shield with their arm to reflect a plasma shot. Does this look like a new take on Armor Abilities?
  • Frag grenades still kill ya
  • The announcer is back, and at one point says “Bank shot!” when a Spartan gets a kill by bouncing an energy weapon off the ceiling
  • BR confirmed
  • Armor customization looks very varied
  • Oddball is in, and it’s a gnarly lookin’ flaming skull
  • You can use grenades to knock weapons towards you, just like in the old days
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