E3 2021: Halo Infinite artwork may hint at multiplayer reveal

A multiplayer teaser or is Microsoft focus testing some radically different designs for Master Chief? (Pic: Microsoft/343 Industries)

A new piece of artwork for Halo Infinite has fans thinking Microsoft will properly show off the game’s multiplayer at its E3 presentation.

With E3 2021 starting in less than two weeks, fans already have plenty of ideas of about which games they can expect to see there. In Microsoft’s case, Halo Infinite is practically guaranteed to make an appearance.

Microsoft already teased the game in its Twitter post confirming the date of its E3 presentation, but given Halo Infinite is supposed to be out this autumn and yet has barely been talked about since the gameplay reveal last year, it seems obvious it’ll be there.

And now fans may have a better idea of what to expect, thanks to a new piece of artwork that’s been shared online by Xbox insider Klobrille.

The artwork is simply a more detailed version of the art seen in the aforementioned Twitter announcement, but what’s interesting is that none of the characters featured in it appear to be Master Chief.

With all four soldiers wearing very distinct armour and helmets, it seems likely that the art is from the multiplayer mode, which has been talked about even less than the main campaign.

It’s been unclear whether the multiplayer would be released at the same time as the story campaign, with Microsoft admitting it has considered splitting them up to make sure one at least was released this year, but this may confirm that they’ll both make it out on time.

Last year, word spread of the multiplayer mode being free-to-play and featuring a battle pass system, similar to battle royale games such as Fortnite. There has even been speculation of the game having its own battle royale mode, although 343 Industries denied this back in 2018.

Of course, the first showing of the game, back in the summer of 2020, was an unmitigated disaster, leading to the creation of the Craig the Brute meme and the game being, at that point, indefinitely delayed.

Microsoft will no doubt be looking to make a more positive impression this year, although it’s still tantalisingly unclear what exactly they will show.

Halo Infinite is scheduled to release this autumn for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.

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