“If you knew how you were going to die, would you live your life differently?”
That quote isn’t just paraphrased from Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival (2016), it’s one of the core thematic questions of 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite, which drops out of slipspace Holiday 2021.
It’s that time of year again where we get a peek at what 343 has been building over the last few years, coming off the back of last year’s demo and delay. After this Xbox showcase, featuring Bonnie Ross and Joe Staten, a lot of puzzle pieces have clicked together for the story of Halo Infinite, which simply demands exploration!
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“Reclaimer, the genesong I placed within you contains many gifts…”
At the mid-point of Halo 4, the Master Chief comes face-to-face with the data ghost of the Librarian.
She says that she seeded many hidden “gifts” within humanity, and that the Didact can only be defeated by unlocking this dormant potential in the Master Chief, granting him ‘immunity’ to the Composer.
But, in both Halo 4 and Halo 5, we see hints of other “gifts” awakening, which may also come into play in Halo Infinite…
Read More What the Librarian did to the Master Chief in Halo 4 (and what it might mean for Halo Infinite)
Somehow, 2020 is almost over. I could’ve sworn it was July just last week, but here we are…
It’s been a long and difficult year, one that has kept us all at arms length and also brought us closer together in unconventional ways. To close out 2020, I thought it would be nice to go out on a positive note as we look to the release of Halo Infinite next year.
So, here are 117 things I love about 343 Industries’s past decade with Halo.
Read More 117 things I love about 343’s Halo
“Show our friend here that there’s more to a soldier than his armour.”
Five years. Five long years. That’s how long it’s been since Halo 5 released…
On this particular anniversary, I wanted to write a long overdue character study that pulls together things I said four years ago in my novel-length analysis of Halo 5 and my two-part Halo: Nightfall dissertation back in 2017, as well as all the time in-between.
Jameson Locke is one of my favourite Halo characters. He deserves so much better.
Let’s dissect what really works about him, what doesn’t, why he’s woefully underappreciated, and what future role Fireteam Osiris could have in Halo Infinite.
Read More Jameson Locke – A study of Halo’s most underappreciated character
Halo: Shadows of Reach releases October 20th 2020, author Troy Denning’s fifth novel for the series – and quite undoubtedly his best!
Bridging the gap between Halo 5 and Halo Infinite, the Master Chief and Blue Team return to Reach to extract some vital assets from Doctor Halsey’s lab at CASTLE Base that will help turn the tide against the Created. But an army of Banished stand in their way.
343 was kind enough to provide me with an early copy of Shadows of Reach, so here’s my non-spoiler review of what’s easily become one of my top ten Halo books…
Read More SHADOWS OF REACH – a review of one of Halo’s best books yet (NON-SPOILER)
“Spartan, we thought you dead, yet here you stand…”
Now that we’ve had some time to digest everything we were shown for the Xbox Games Showcase, let’s analyse what 343 Industries had to show for Halo Infinite.
From the characterisation of the Master Chief, to the parallels and references to previous games, to our new antagonists – there’s a lot to discuss.
Read More Let’s analyse the Halo Infinite demo’s approach to storytelling
“We stand together, brothers to the end. We are his will. We are his legacy. We are The Banished.”
It’s finally been revealed. We’re fighting the Banished in Halo Infinite!
The Brutes are back! Here’s why they’re the perfect antagonist for the next movement of the Master Chief’s odyssey…
Read More Why the Banished are the PERFECT antagonists for Halo Infinite
Halo now has thirty books.
It’s an incredible, unmatched achievement – and most of it’s excellent. But it is also something that presents a bit of a problem, which can be summarised succinctly as…
Halo now has thirty books!
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When 343 Industries inherited the mantle of the Halo franchise and decided to continue the story of the Master Chief and Cortana, the universe asked a question.
The answer arrived in the form of metal and madness, bearing the name ‘Promethean.’
Read More From Peter Jackson to Halo Infinite – A Rumination on the Prometheans
Earlier this year, I wrote a lengthy analysis of Battle Born, as it very quickly became one of my favourite Halo novels, so I reached out to author Cassandra Rose Clarke and she very kindly agreed to have a chat with me about what’s next for Evie, Saskia, Dorian, Victor, and Spartan Owen in Meridian Divide.
Read More I Interviewed Cassandra Rose Clarke! – A Primer for Halo: Meridian Divide