E3 2021: Halo Infinite – A Masterclass of Storytelling

“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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Everything Shadows of Reach sets up for Halo Infinite

“We will gather our forces on this world and depart at once. There is a greater purpose that the Banished must attend to.”

It’s been some time since now since Troy Denning’s latest Halo novel, Shadows of Reach, dropped out of slipspace (in fact, they’ve already announced the next one!)

From the state of the galaxy, to the Master Chief’s character arc, Banished politics, and beyond – let’s explore everything Blue Team’s return to Reach sets up for Halo Infinite…

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What Halo: The Television Series will be about (and why it’ll be great)

“The story is about [Spartans] reclaiming what makes them human…”

Halo: The Television Series is finally on the horizon.

A recent article from Deadline confirmed that the show (produced by Showtime) will premiere on Paramount+ in Q1 2022.

While details are scarce, there’s enough information for us to start forming a solid idea of what the story will actually be about – and I think it’ll be great.

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Just another article about why Haruspis loves Halo 4’s story…

“Do you believe the Master Chief succeeded because he was, at his core, broken?”

I’ve written… a fair amount about Halo 4 over the years.

I forged my place in the community as a loud voice of positivity for this game after its release. I have penned tens of thousands of words about its storytelling, its characterisation, its themes.

The year is 2021, and I’m still not done. I still have more to say about it because its themes are so rich. Theme is the ‘soul’ of a work, the connective tissue between everything, and at the end it’s the main thing I want to talk about – putting the pieces together, exploring what it all meant.

So let’s dive once more into the depths of Halo 4.

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117 things I love about 343’s Halo

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.

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Halo 2’s original ending revealed – how Bungie was going to finish the fight

The development woes of Halo 2 have been well documented over the years, Bungie has been very transparent about how much they had to cut from the final game. One of those things was the ending, intended to close out the series as a whole, which was replaced by that infamous cliffhanger.

We’ve never truly known what the original ending to Halo 2 was meant to be. Until now.

Let’s dive in and see how Bungie originally imagined this story’s conclusion, and how it stacks up to what we got in the end…

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I just want to gush a bit about what Halo 4 means to me…

Halo 4 recently celebrated its eighth birthday. Today, it releases on PC as the final piece of the Master Chief Collection.

Between the visual enhancements, the addition of an FOV slider, in-game integration of the Terminals and Spartan Ops cinematics (no more Halo Channel!), the new Forge items, and everything else the team at 343 has lovingly delivered – this is the definitive way to experience Halo 4.

This game is one that means a great deal and has strongly resonated with me over the years, so I just wanted to gush a bit about it…

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Recapping EVERY Halo book in a sentence or two (feat. Hot Takes)

With Halo Infinite delayed to 2021, now seemed like the perfect time to help catch people up on the last two decades of Halo literature – in the quickest way possible!

You may have recently seen Brian David Gilbert’s delightful descent into madness in his Unravelled series, where he read all of the Halo books over the course of a year as a relative newcomer to the franchise.

I, with all the biases and hot takes of a twenty-year veteran, have similarly assumed the mantle of summing up all of the thirty Halo books in a sentence or two.

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Debunking the false ‘leaks’ about Halo Infinite and 343 Industries

Following the delay of Halo Infinite to 2021, you may have heard some allegedly ‘leaked’ reports about the state of the game and 343 Industries from Brad Sams, which has been making the rounds, uncritically reported on by various news outlets.

I know, it’s 2020 and facts don’t matter any more, but it’s completely false information and easily debunked.

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Why Installation 07 is the perfect setting for Halo Infinite

“It was known as Installation 07. It has become a sacred tomb for millions, though some may still live. I do not know.”

It’s been known since 2018, but we have finally received concrete confirmation: Halo Infinite is set on Installation 07, ‘Zeta Halo.’

While this is a brand-new Halo ring for the games, fans of the expanded universe will no doubt be well-acquainted with it from Greg Bear’s masterful Forerunner Saga.

Let’s delve into the known history of Installation 07, and explore why it’s the perfect setting for Halo Infinite.

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