343 Industries has officially responded to the criticism of the Halo Infinite campaign’s visuals, and agreed that there is “work to do.” Individual developers had expressed their own empathise with fans who thought what we saw in the Xbox Games Showcase wasn’t up to par. With an official and collective statement from 343 Industries, it is clear that the team has heard the criticisms loud and clear. “While we see and hear far more positive than negative, we do want to share a bit more context,” it began in a post to Halo Waypoint.
343 recently released Halo 3 on PC as part of The Master Chief Collection, and it said it will release the ODST campaign and Halo 4 on PC, as well as ODST Firefight (with updated networking) on both Xbox and PC in 2020.
Here’s the list of features planned for release in 2020:
Input Based MM
Sever Region Selection
Custom Game Browser
Per Game Graphics Options
Per Game Audio Options
M&K Support for Xbox
Double Keybinds for all games
Viewmodel adjustments for all games
In game FPS Cap/Adjustments
Steam Account Linking
“This translates to a more vibrant palette, ‘cleaner’ models and objects with less ‘noise’, though it doesn’t mean less detail. While we appreciate this may not be everyone’s personal preference, we stand by this decision and are happy to see it resonating with so many fans around the world.” From this, we know that the team won’t be enacting changes to the art style, which is simultaneously cheering news and a sign that development is continuing on course.
It added that the team is viewing the feedback from the reveal “very seriously,” and although there are no “firm answers or outcomes to share yet,” Halo Infinite will be changed dependent on these comments. “The team is committed and focused on making sure we have a beautiful world for players to explore when we launch,” it said.
Other points of note in the update: ODST weapons are coming to Halo 3 and vice versa. Season 3 launches with ODST, and brings with it new Halo cosmetics. Halo Infinite will be released for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X in holiday 2020.