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Halo Infinite trailer and first gameplay revealed at Xbox Games Showcase

Published: 23/Jul/2020 17:57

by Tanner Pierce

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During Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase earlier today, the publisher unveiled a brand new trailer, as well as the first gameplay for the next entry in one of its most popular franchises: Halo Infinite.

While Microsoft has seen a lot of positivity over the past few months surrounding the Xbox Series X, there’s one aspect that of the console that hasn’t been given time to shine yet: the games.

One notable exception to this conversation, however, is Halo Infinite, the next long-gestating installment of the extremely popular first-person shooter franchise. Even though up until this point, we’ve only seen a few trailers for the game, long-time fans have been pumped.

Microsoft and developer 343 finally decided it was time to show off the game in all of its glory during the Xbox Games Showcase in the form of the first-ever gameplay demo for the title.

The demo itself showed off over 8 minutes of raw gameplay from the title. In it, we can see Master Chief exploring the brand new open world of Halo Infinite. While we aren’t given the exact size of the world itself, it seems like players will be able to explore new areas, fight off enemies, and start missions and quests within this new world.

Of course, players will also get classic, first-person Halo gameplay alongside the new open-world, which is sure to please longtime fans of the franchise.

Halo Infinite GameplayA screenshot from the new Halo Infinite campaign gameplay demo.

Unfortunately, one thing we didn’t see during the demo is multiplayer, which as many fans know, is a classic part of the Halo experience. While this is for sure a bit disappointing, Microsoft did confirm that they will be showing off the game’s multiplayer at some point in the near future.

Of course, no date was given this reveal, however, given the fact that players only have a few months before the game is set to be released, it probably won’t be too long until we learn more about the game.

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Cloud9 return to competitive Halo with star championship roster

Published: 5/Oct/2020 20:13 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 20:37

by Albert Petrosyan

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Cloud9 have announced that they are re-entering the Halo competitive scene with a new roster stacked with experienced, veteran talent that has won it all.

The prominent esports organization had been absent from competitive Halo since 2016, as their third tenure in the scene was ended after several players left for Team Liquid.

Now, C9 are back in the fold, announcing a new, veteran lineup that’ll lead them back into the esport as the series’ next major title – Halo Infinite – is set to release in early 2021.

Cloud9 Halo roster:

  • Braedon ‘StelluR’ Boettcher
  • Zane ‘Pznguin’ Hearon
  • Kevin ‘Eco’Smith
  • Jonathan ‘Renegade’ Willette
  • Emanuel ‘Hoaxer’ Lovejoy (coach)

All four players formerly featured for the North American-based team Turning Point, which disbanded after all four left in May/June of 2020. The only player who was part of that lineup that’s not been included in C9’s new roster is Swift Kill.

StelluR and Eco, formerly of Splyce and Team Liquid, bring valuable championship experience to the squad after winning the Halo World Championship in 2018 and finishing third the year prior.

Renegade was also part of that Splyce team that won it all in 2018, and he holds the distinction of being the only player ever to have championships in both 2v2 and 4v4 Free-For-All. Last but not least, there’s Pznguin, who rejoins StelluR and Eco after the trio achieved strong success with Team Liquid in 2017.

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Kevin ‘Eco’ Smith said in a video released by Cloud9 that he’ll be acting as In-Game Leader.

The team will be coached by Hoaxer, who’s been around competitive Halo since 2011. His coaching accolades include a third-place finish at the HCS Finals in 2018 and fourth-place at the 2018 Halo World Championship.

Cloud9 have yet to reveal the details of their plans to ease back into the Halo scene, so it’s unclear when this new roster will make its debut. But with Infinite set to release in 2021, following a delay, it’ll be exciting to see this championship lineup flex its muscles sooner or later.

Written with contributions from Tanner Pierce.