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> > > > I like to believe that the Created an Covenant will not be separate factions. I keep coming back to this single line all the time, but I feel like it’s something that should be remembered when talking about potentials for Halo Infinite.
> > > > In the mission Guardians, in Halo 5, Cortana directly speaks with every specie. She invites them to join her or be slain. Seeing her power and the likelyhood that Infinite takes 2 years after Halo 5, 2560, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this. In fact, I expect the Covenant species to have a Forerunner-influence in their gear, meaning they’re allied with the Created, alias, the Prometheans. As a matter of fact, I consider the Grunt Goblin to be a gift from the Created to the Grunts, although that may be quite unlikely.
> > > > Taking that to account, we only have 2 factions: UNSC and the Created. I believe that the Banished won’t be included because… there’s way too many counters to even be remotely possible. For one, their (supposedly) only ship was destroyed. 2: They’re trapped on the Ark.
> > > > However, I believe that the Flood can still make an appearance. It’s Zeta Halo. It would be absolutely devastating to have the setting be Zeta Halo and not have an enemy which was and still is, the most critical piece in it’s history: The Flood. The Primordial, Mendicant Bias, Primordium (book). It would be such a waste of a build-up.
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> > > I can kind of see that. Considering that most sides that have heard it may have genuinely found it as a striking deal, and so joined. That would also explain where the remains of the Covenant went after its dissolving. With that said though, its clear we still have sides. Though the Banished is still trapped on the Ark, we don’t know for sure what will take place with them other than the possibility of just nothing. Or who knows, maybe they’ll find a way off? And with that said, the theory(and to be fair with it, most accurate conclusion) that Infinite is stationed on Zeta Halo doesn’t mean that is the only place this game could be situated in. But whatever the case,
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> > > I do agree that if Halo: Infinite doesn’t have the Flood, I’mma be a bit disappointed. I expect them greatly, and where both sides have major wars being fought (UNSC[or whatever is left of those who didn’t join Cortana, so I’ll refer to them as…Pariahs for the sake of simplification and it sounding cool] vs Created, and probably Banished vs Flood as somewhat seen in HW2’s DLC) the Flood taking a heavy prevalence in it all would kind of fit for the arc 343 is attempting to lead us into. And with the Flood, I would hope that Primordials could take some more of a role in the games other than “hey we created everything and a bi-product, which became the Flood”.
> > It’s basically next to impossible for the Banished to be in Halo Infinite unless the game takes us back to the Ark.
> > I talk about the game’s events occurring in Zeta Halo specifically because of the lore. No other Halo ring has the biodiversity and life that Zeta Halo has, not to mention that we have no idea who wrote those letters in the cave. Heck, they’re not even in the Forerunner alphabet, which could only hint us that it were Ancient Humans, and only Zeta Halo has had such an history with them and the Primordium (book) proves it. Yes, it may not be the only location in the game, but it’s likely to be a focal point.
> > Again, I’d be disappointed if the Flood wasn’t in Infinite if it was set in Zeta Halo.
> > There is only 1 Primordial. It’s also known as The Captive and The Timeless One… and it died long ago, at least it’s body. It’s consciousness became the Flood’s. If the Flood has a role in Infinite, then so does the Primordial, just like in CE, 2 and 3.
> I don’t think the ship in HW2 was the only Banished ship. If you look closely at the cutscene where the shipmaster kneels before Atriox, there’s 2 ships in the background. It’s likely that the Banished has a mini fleet. Anders will definetly show up somewhere in Halo Infinite as well. It’s a safe assumption by the way HW2 ended. How do you think Cortana is going to feel after Anders tells her there are UNSC and Banished fighting over control of the Ark? That should be a major plot point right there. Eventually Cortana & The Created will go to the Ark which will probably lead the Infinity there as well once they hear the SoF needs help. I believe Zeta Halo won’t be the only location in HI. It’s very possible we will have 3 locations (Zeta, 04c, The Ark).
Yknow, you do bring a fair point to the table. With the armies Atriox had as it is, and the technology, its very much possible that one ship wasn’t all he had, let alone that be his only army. And with what SilentRebel said, its also likely for the Covies who are left to maybe have turned their eyes to either the Created or the Banished.
As with the Flood, I would imagine if not a direct play that the Spirit of Fire is at least referenced in some storyline. But as I would hope, the games could finally connect at this marker, Halo Infinite. Considering Cortana basically is in hold of such a large and that said intimidating force, the Ark could really prove a major plot if the story chooses to separate from Chief on Zeta Halo.
Really, the story has a lot of things left that can have a big place, considering by the game’s title is literally “Halo: Infinite”. SoF is off, the Created has been formed, the Covies have practically fallen, the Flood have awakened themselves, and it sure is clear that the UNSC aren’t gonna handle this one any easier than they did with Prometheans in Spartan Ops flooding the ship. It feels as if now is a better time than ever to make them cross more thoroughly, which does rouse some excitement. Though I do imagine Chief’s story will be rather odd, him roaming on Zeta Halo for what purpose I’m not aware of.
On a different subject, the Insurrectionists are an interesting yet probably not likely idea in the Halo games. Despite all the way in the Halo 5 promotions members of Blue Team sported that red & white color, it doesn’t seem right for them to fit in this world, especially at its time right now.