Halo’s unspoken strength has always been its ability to create maps that aren’t just fun to play at a baseline level, but the ability to create maps in multiplayer with a great ambience, artistic direction, and bits of story expanded upon outside of the campaign. Backwash was an excellent callback to the end of 343 Guilty Spark in Combat Evolved. Cold Storage and Isolation gave us a glimpse in multiplayer as to what happens when the Flood breaks out. Maps like Epitaph and Ghost Town give us a glimpse into long-forgotten structures, the former being Forerunner and the latter being human. Some maps such as Death Island and Forge World make for some of the best open-ended gameplay and imagination. Overall, Halo maps have to do a few things-
- Tell a story visually (Show Don’t Tell)
- Look aesthetically pleasing (even destruction)
- Imply a “bigger picture” (What makes this map so important?)
With these things in mind, here are my ideas for Halo Infinite to explore in terms of settings:
MAETHRILLIAN- The Forerunner Capital
HIGH CHARITY (INFECTED)- The ruined remains of the former Covenant Holy City
THE “PALACE OF PAIN”- One of several Flood research facilities on Zeta Halo, the (presumed) setting of Halo Infinite
SYDNEY- The capital city of the United Earth Government. Set in a rainy dark night. Think ODST setting but for Multiplayer. (Okay I really just want a call back to ODST PLEASE)
THE CARTOGRAPHER- Zeta Halo’s Cartographer facility.
VOI EXCLUSION ZONE- The radioactive, eerily quiet remains of Africa left behind after the events of Halo 3.
UNSC HALCYON-CLASS CRUISER- Setting meant to resemble the UNSC Pillar of Autumn.
REQUIEM- Forerunner Shield World that housed Ur-Didact Shadow of Sundered Star.
SANGHELIOS- Homeworld of the Sangheili/Elites.
MISRIAH ARMORIES- Weapons manufacturer on Mars. Builds everything from firearms to HAVOK nukes to MJOLNIR power armor.
ANCIENT HUMAN RUINS- Hinted in the Halo Infinite trailer. These ruins would have been present during the events of HALO: Primordium.
What locations do you hope 343 Industries explores in the Multiplayer for Halo Infinite?