While many fans had hoped that 343 Industries would remaster fans of their favorite classic cards like Halo: Combat Evolved’s Blood Gulch or Halo 3’s Valhalla for Halo Infinite, the chances of that happening are generally considered pretty slim. This is because the developers have announced that Halo Infinite is unlikely to have a remake before the game launches in late 2021, citing the team’s desire to avoid using old map layouts and the belief that many of Halo’s older cards will not be well suited for Infinite’s gameplay sandbox. However, according to new comments from the head of creative department 343 Joseph Staten, the policy of studies on map processing may have changed.
In the 90th episode of the Xcast podcast hosted by Kinda Funny Games, Statena was asked if she could explain why developers can’t simply switch Halo’s older cards to the Halo Infinite multiplayer experience. Staten responded by saying, “I can talk about some things, but I can’t talk about other things. There are some great Halo cards … I think we all have our favorites. Guardian, Blood Gulch, The Pit …. there are a lot of cards that They’re great, aren’t they? I think it would be great to play those cards again – isn’t it? That sounds like fun. I’ll mark it in my little notebook. “
This is very an interesting answer, and it sounds to me like Staten is hinting that fans might still expect a remake of the maps at Halo Infinite. It’s unlikely to come soon – based on previous comments, developers are likely to want to tweak and balance the way cards play to better suit Halo Infinite – but maybe players will have some card remakes to look forward to after Halo Infinite season 2 ends later this year.
Ultimately, I think remake maps would be great for Halo Infinite, and I’m excited about the possibility that the developers may have changed their minds about it. Bringing old cards to modern graphics and gameplay standards is probably a challenging and time-consuming task, but it’s something every Halo game has done before Infinite, and I’d love to see Infinite do it too. Reproducing new versions of fans’ favorite classics has been a Halo tradition since Halo 2 was reworked by Blood Gulch, and delivering some remakes of the cards along with new original tickets would add a nice variety to the Halo Infinite multiplayer experience.
Halo Infinite multiplayer is now available for free on Xbox and PC, and while it hasn’t had the best start, it has the potential to grow into one of the best Xbox shooters ever made.
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