Microsoft has provided our first look at box art for Halo Infinite, the long-awaited next entry in the sci-fi shooter franchise. The iconic armored warrior, Master Chief, takes center stage after an almost five-year hiatus, with the title scheduled to launch this holiday in tandem with the next-generation Xbox Series X. And while our first Halo Infinite gameplay debuts on July 23, the latest artwork provides a potential glimpse into a significant gameplay shakeup.
The artwork packs all the staples of Halo’s heyday, dominated by the same dreamy landscapes akin to the original Halo: Combat Evolved cover. The Chief also sports refreshed armor, with what appears to include an arm-mounted grappling hook.
Exact implications on Halo Infinite remain purely speculation, but those teasers suggest a return to open-ended level design, and towering structures to explore. A grappling-aided Chief could be a welcome franchise addition, slinging into the next generation smoother than ever.
Halo Infinite is scheduled to receive its full gameplay deep-dive on July 23, as a part of the Xbox Games Showcase live show.