Halo Infinite‘s story and its connection to Halo 5: Guardians stays a carefully guarded secret at 343 Industries, however the studio lifted the curtain only a bit on the sport’s marketing campaign at E3 2021. With a short, 2-minute story teaser, 343 launched an attention-grabbing twist to Halo Infinite: Grasp Chief is now working with a brand new AI assemble, one with greater than a passing resemblance to Cortana, the Spartan’s unique AI companion who grew to become the sequence’ villain in Halo 5.
The trailer begins with Grasp Chief floating by house, making his approach by the wreckage of a ship whereas speaking to the Pilot, his human companion, by a comlink. Grasp Chief finally encounters the mysterious AI, whose voice sounds suspiciously like Jen Taylor’s Cortana. When asks her the place he can discover Cortana, the AI responds that “the rogue AI referred to as Cortana is gone. She’s been deleted.”
The one downside is that neither Chief nor the brand new AI understand how precisely Cortana was deleted. The AI reminds the Spartan that her mission was to “enter this set up, imitate Cortana, and lock her down for retrieval,” whereas Chief was supposed to move Cortana again to the USS Infinity for deletion. The AI reveals that she was additionally alleged to be deleted upon “profitable deployment” however that hasn’t occurred both.
Thus, the sport’s central thriller is revealed. Chief decides to take the brand new AI with him and work out what occurred to his previous buddy.
So, what precisely is going on right here? Has Cortana actually been killed off-screen? That appears unlikely contemplating that the final three video games have spent a lot time displaying the evolution of the character, from trustworthy companion to dying AI to reborn tyrant. The tip of Halo 5 appeared to tease that Cortana’s reign of terror — a misguided mission to convey “peace” to the galaxy as soon as and for all — was solely starting. It stays unclear how precisely how Halo Infinite is choosing up these plot threads.
Earlier trailers have principally handled the aftermath of humanity’s conflict with Cortana’s Forerunner forces. In final 12 months’s gameplay trailer, Chief and the Pilot discovered themselves on Installation 07 (Zeta Halo) after the Banished destroyed the UNSC fleet, the conflict already misplaced. Till now, one might have simply assumed that the Banished allied themselves with Cortana, serving to her put an finish to the UNSC with a purpose to obtain her aim of galactic peace. However with the brand new teaser suggesting that Cortana has been deleted, it’s clear there are nonetheless loads of lacking items to this puzzle.
Within the meantime, what else will we find out about Chief’s new AI companion? Her “identify,” for starters. Based on 343, she’s merely referred to as “The Weapon.” The studio hopes that the familiarity of the AI character in addition to the thriller behind her function within the story and the way it connects to Halo 5 will appeal to each new and veteran gamers.
“We’re persevering with the story of the Grasp Chief and Cortana from Halo 5, but in addition telling a narrative that’s welcoming for brand new gamers,” wrote Halo Infinite head of inventive Joseph Staten in a blog post. “Cortana’s destiny is likely one of the Infinite marketing campaign’s huge mysteries, and early within the story, you’ll meet a brand new UNSC AI, ‘the Weapon,’ that was created to assist cease Cortana. Along with the Pilot, the Grasp Chief, and the Weapon start an epic journey to discover Zeta Halo, defeat the Banished forces who management the ring, and unravel much more mysteries alongside the best way.”
The Weapon, who we assume will get a greater identify later (possibly even undertake the identify “Cortana”), performs a giant function in Chief’s new journey, then, and followers of the unique trilogy of video games will possible admire having a witty AI companion of their ear once more after years with out Cortana. Increasingly more, 343 continues to indicate the way it hopes to go “again to fundamentals” with Halo Infinite: a brand new Halo ring, traditional enemies and weapons, and now a brand new AI to information you in your missions.
Halo Infinite is coming to Xbox Sequence X/S, Xbox One, and PC this vacation.