Throughout the Halo franchise, tweaks and changes have been made to just about everything. This has been especially true since 343 Industries began its trilogy, taking over from Bungie after the third installment. For Halo Infinite, it looks as though equipment will be one of the more noticeable aspects that’s been tweaked.
So much so that 343 decided to release a guide on how equipment will work in the upcoming game. Releasing a blog post on the subject, the studio noted that equipment will be a “force multiplier” for players during combat. While the blog also highlighted other aspects, it did spend a lot of time of the game’s equipment.
It’s easy to see why, as players might get easily confused without a brief explainer. At least, that seems the case from 343 Industries’ blog post. However, it can have a drastic impact on combat, both in the campaign mode and online multiplayer.
Sandbox designer, Quinn DelHoyo, notes:
“The player can flip a combat encounter on its head if they possess an equipment item, much like how you saw Master Chief deploy the Drop Wall right when the Brute tossed the Spike Grenade in the campaign reveal last summer. What was a difficult situation swung in the Chief’s favor due to quick thinking and instincts. That’s something that we feel is exciting about equipment. They provide an avenue to actions that exist in a more free-form space unlike the well-defined box of a vehicle or weapon.”
It looks as though this will be the case across both single-player and multiplayer. Focusing on the multiplayer, Mr. DelHoyo also noted that Halo Infinite‘s equipment will need to be earned either by finding it on the map or through gameplay. It’s also been highlighted that while the game’s equipment will function similarly across multiplayer and the campaign mode, they will be a little different.
In his words:
“We are tailoring each equipment (all sandbox features for that matter), to the experience they are being used. So, expect to see some minor differences between multiplayer and campaign when it comes to acquiring equipment, the frequency in which they can be used, etc.”
After already receiving a delay, Halo Infinite will be released on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC in Fall 2021.
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