June 18, 2018 by Paul Curtin
With 3 years passing since the release of Halo 5, Microsoft opened their E3 2018 media briefing with a brief tease of the iconic franchise’s return on Xbox. But with such a vague teaser trailer for Halo: Infinite, we still have no idea what exactly is next for the series… aside from possibly the return of Master Chief.
Before the presser, there were many rumors that Microsoft would be announcing a battle royale or different take on the traditional multiplayer Halo experience. And based off the first trailer showing many beacons shooting up into space, Microsoft could very well be teasing something along those lines.
Shortly after the big reveal, 343 Studio’s head, Chris Lee, clarified that what was shown in the trailer was more of a demo for their new Slipspace Engine than actual gameplay of Halo 6. Explaining that the team at 343 had to create a brand new engine from the ground-up in order to achieve their vision of a new Halo game. So, at least the next game won’t be Halo 5.5.
Despite being the most watched media briefing of E3 2018, Microsoft’s opening had many scratching their heads. Having so few details and a trailer for a new engine is certainly hard to get hyped for… especially considering that Halo: Infinite, whatever it is, probably won’t be launching anytime soon — and could even be planned as a launch title on Microsoft’s next-gen “Scarlet” system that we’ll have to likely wait until next year to be revealed at E3.