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Here's what you need to know before starting Halo Infinite

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Brush up on your lore before embarking on Master Chief’s new adventure

Written by Lars Cornelis at Saturday 04 December 2021 08:00

Halo Infinite is intended to be a “spiritual reboot,” a new chapter in the twenty year old series. On many fronts, the game makes a fresh start, but those two decades of history are not just thrown overboard. On the contrary: Halo Infinite is full of small and large references to the past. However, it is not necessary to quickly play through all the Halo games or go through the more than thirty books: we list everything you need to know before you start Halo Infinite.

Obviously we won’t spoil the story of Halo Infinite at all, so don’t be afraid of spoilers. We’re just refreshing your memory – or just giving you some background information if you’re really new to Halo. Logically, this article betrays the outcome of previous games. We also touch on the most important matters from a few books. We don’t go too deep into the elaborate

lore from Halo, but give you just enough background information so you can embark on Master Chief’s new adventure perfectly prepared.

Halo Infinite

Master Chief

After all, Halo Infinite is again exclusively about the Master Chief – there are no other playable characters this time. Since 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved, we have saved humanity several times as Master Chief. Chief’s story actually begins thirty-five years earlier, when the then six-year-old John is “recruited” for a controversial military project: the SPARTAN-II program. This program was created by Dr. Catherine Halsey and is actually intended to create super soldiers who could deal with extremist rebels. A few years later, when the UNSC (United Nations Space Command) becomes embroiled in an interstellar war with the Covenant, a motley crew of alien races, the SPARTAN-IIs are desperately needed to stand another chance.

Especially Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, or Master Chief for short, appears to play a crucial role in this war. This is partly because Master Chief is not alone. He is assisted by the extremely advanced artificial intelligence Cortana, which is also “made” by Halsey. After the fall of Reach, the second most important planet to humanity after Earth, Chief and Cortana stumble upon the very first Halo.

Master Chief

Master ChiefThe Halos

This artificial ring world appears to have been made by the Forerunners, an advanced race that ruled the universe thousands of years ago and was destroyed by that same ring. Halos, seven in total, are intended as a weapon against the Flood, a zombie-like parasite. The rings destroy all intelligent life in the universe and with it all the food of the Flood. The Forerunners have also stored genetic material from every life form with which to repopulate the universe.

The Covenant, however, see the Forerunners as gods and are determined to fire the rings. In the original Halo trilogy, Chief and Cortana manage to prevent the Covenant from succeeding several times. Because of this battle, the Flood breaks out again. In the end, Chief and Cortana finally defeat the Covenant and the Flood, but end up stranded together in a wreckage, far outside the Milky Way.

Cortana’s Sacrifice

Pass four years later, Chief and Cortana resurface. Their wreckage is being pulled into a Shield World (another Forerunner building) – and there also happens to be a whole fleet of a newly formed Covenant stationed on this planet. This Covenant maintains the same religious delusions of the original Covenant, and is still obsessed with all things Forerunners.

So if Master Chief in the Shield World accidentally brings a real Forerunner to life, it won’t be long before the Forerunner takes full control of all of the Covenant’s troops. To make matters worse, he also appears to have quite a few pent up resentments towards people. Together with his new army, he immediately tries to wipe out humanity. Of course, Master Chief and Cortana put a stop to this together, but this time they do not come out unscathed: Cortana sacrifices herself in an ultimate attempt to stop the Forerunner and bring Master Chief to safety. She wouldn’t have much time anyway: AIs have a lifespan of seven years. After that, in principle, their processes continue.

Halo 4

The Reclamation

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