The lengthy post comes from Halo Community Manager John Junyszek, who spoke candidly about several of the questions raised by the Halo fan community in response to the 9-minute Halo Infinite demo shown at the Xbox Games Showcase. At the forefront of these responses was a statement made about some of the controversy surrounding the look of the game, which is set to launch in Q4 this year on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows.
While Junyszek acknowledges that the feedback regarding Halo Infinite’s visuals has been “far more positive than negative”, he also concedes that “there are two key areas being debated around the community – overall art style and visual fidelity”. As far as the art style goes, the post describes Halo Infinite’s as being inspired more by Bungie’s original trilogy than 343 Industries’ other contributions to the hit first-person shooter franchise.
“With Halo Infinite, we’re returning to a more ‘classic’ art style which was a key message going back to the very first reveal that garnered enthusiastic and positive responses. This translates to a more vibrant palette, ‘cleaner’ models and textures with less ‘noise’, though it doesn’t mean less detail.”
Talking about the graphical fidelity of Halo Infinite’s demo that was called into question by outlets like Digital Foundry, Junyszek acknowledges how certain models, textures, and lighting appeared “flat, simplistic and…dull”. The campaign demo was apparently from several weeks ago and lacked the finishing touches on certain technical aspects that would polish up the look of the game. Still, the post goes on to explain that 343 Industries are taking the comments seriously and that the team will do everything they can to release a more fan-pleasing product later in the year.
How did you feel about the look of Halo Infinite’s campaign demo? The blog post assures that 343 Industries are “focused on making sure we have a beautiful world for players to explore” when Halo Infinite launches on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows during the holiday season this year.