The recently-announced Halo Infinite is going to be a big project -- so big, the Halo masterminds at 343 Industries are bringing in some help. Turns out Infinite will be co-developed by Burnaby, British Columbia-based studio SkyBox Software. SkyBox has some experience with the Halo franchise, having developed Halo 5: Forge. They’ve also co-developed a number of other Microsoft-published titles (Age of Empires II HD, Project Spark) and EA Sports UFC.
Here’s what 343 Industries’ Halo boss Chris Lee had to say about working with SkyBox.
“343 Industries is excited to continue our partnership with SkyBox Labs on Halo Infinite, with their team doing great work across many areas of our project.”
Unsurprisingly, SkyBox’s Shyang Kong is also excited about the team up…
“We have been working closely with 343 Industries on Halo projects for a number of years, and we’re thrilled to be part of this exciting time in Halo’s history.”
This time around SkyBox Labs, which currently boasts over 100 employees, won’t just be working on Forge – they’ll contributing across the board to Halo Infinite’s gameplay, AI, visuals, and networking. Sounds like they may be doing the bulk of the development heavy lifting.
Aside from SkyBox’s involvement, and the fact that the game won’t have a battle royale mode, we don’t know a whole lot about Halo Infinite yet. Here’s the official description:
Master Chief returns in the next chapter of the legendary franchise in Halo Infinite. Developed by 343 Industries and created with the studio’s new Slipspace Engine, Halo Infinite debuted at the Xbox E3 2018 Briefing with a thrilling engine demo that provides a glimpse into the future of the Halo franchise that leads it into new and unexpected directions.
Halo Infinite is coming to PC and Xbox One. A release date has yet to be announced.