Halo Infinite has introduced new in-game items, a helmet, and a helmet visor inspired by Paramount's Halo TV show. Players can easily acquire one of these items by logging into the game, while the other requires a bit more dedication in terms of playtime.
In a recent substantial update, Halo Infinite unveiled a host of new features, including a new operation, arena map, forge capabilities, and more. The newly introduced Illusion map stands out with its camo-inducing central hallway, offering unique gameplay opportunities. The level designers affectionately refer to it as a "love letter" to the map design of Halo: Combat Evolved, showcasing the game's commitment to paying homage to its roots. It appears that future updates for Halo Infinite will continue to incorporate references to different facets of the Halo franchise.
Players of Halo Infinite can now acquire two items inspired by the Riz-028 character from the Halo TV show. Simply logging into the game unlocks her reddish helmet visor, while completing this week's ultimate challenge, running from February 6th to February 13th, grants access to her helmet. To undertake the ultimate challenge, players must first complete the regular weekly challenges, and this week's challenge involves achieving five sniper kills in a single game or earning one No Scope medal. Additionally, the game developers have confirmed that more cosmetics inspired by the Halo TV show will be introduced soon, with players being able to earn Vannak-134's helmet from February 20th to February 27th.
In the previous week, players had the opportunity to earn Kai-125's helmet through the ultimate challenge, but this free offer has since concluded. Despite any reservations fans may have had about the controversial first season of the TV show, anticipation for improvements in Halo season 2 is growing. Pablo Schreiber, the actor portraying Master Chief, has hinted at substantial changes in the upcoming season. Regardless of the show's reception, the addition of free new helmets in Halo Infinite is generating excitement among the player base.
Halo Infinite's nods to other aspects of the franchise extend beyond cosmetic items. The Illusion map, as previously mentioned, houses a secret room brimming with Halo easter eggs. Moreover, players can uncover a drivable forklift on the Illusion map by collecting ONI tags during an Infection match, offering yet another nostalgic callback to earlier Halo games.
In an unexpected turn of events, rumors suggest that future Halo games may go cross-platform, with leaks indicating that Xbox is contemplating a strategic shift. Allegedly, previously Xbox-exclusive franchises may see releases on PlayStation as part of a broader effort to boost profits. Insiders cite underwhelming hardware sales and the substantial costs of Game Pass as contributing factors to Xbox's recent challenges.