Halo Infinite Campaign: Gameplay & storyline

Nathan Warby
Master Chief in front of Zeta Halo

Halo is known for its competitive multiplayer mode, but for many fans, it’s the epic campaigns that keep them hooked on the series. Where will Halo Infinite’s story take us, and how will it play? We’ve got all the details here.

Halo Infinite has run into some trouble over the course of its development. The game was delayed before its December 8, 2021 release date was confirmed, and it won’t be launching with Forge or co-op Campaign.

Thankfully, these setbacks haven’t dampened the excitement for the next chapter of Master Chief’s story in the new game. Here’s everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign.

Master Chief in Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite Campaign storyline

Halo Infinite’s single-player is set to pick up three years after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, and be the continuation of the Reclaimer story started by 343 in Halo 4. Iconic protagonist Master Chief is said to be playing a more significant role than in the previous game.

The story will follow on from the AI Cortana taking control of the galaxy using Guardians, the ancient Forerunner war machines. Chief will find another AI called “The Weapon,” who hints that the original Cortana was erased and replaced.

Footage we have seen from the game hints that Chief will start the Campaign floating through space near the Zeta Halo, where he will be saved by a UNSC soldier known only as “The Pilot.”

Much of the game is expected to center around battling the Banished on Zeta Halo, trying to find a way back to earth, and unraveling the mystery surrounding Cortana and The Weapon.

Halo player fighting a boss in Warzone

Halo Infinite Campaign gameplay

Concrete details surround Halo Infinite’s campaign have been relatively scarce, but we do know that it is set to shake up the linear formula found in previous installments.

Infinite looks to be opting for a more open approach, featuring a series of diverse sandboxes to dive into. From the gameplay we’ve seen, it looks as though players will be free to explore the various regions of the Zeta Halo map, rather than playing through rigid missions.

The different maps are said to be tied together by the game’s narrative, meaning that each area will likely have a number of missions to finish before the story takes players to the next map.

This change in approach also opens the door for more side objectives to complete in between story missions. A map screen shown at E3 in 2020 seemed to show open-world staples like bounties and outposts to take on.

Screenshot of the map in the Halo Infinite Campaign.

That was everything we know about Halo Infinite’s Campaign. We’re expecting more details to be revealed closer to launch, so stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for future updates.

For more on Halo Infinite, check out the different editions you can buy, as well as the minimum PC requirements.

Image credits: 343 Industries