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4 wild glow-ups from the Halo Infinite campaign trailer

The campaign of Microsoft’s biggest exclusive of the year is looking much better than before.

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Microsoft showed off Halo Infinite’s campaign for the first time in July 2020. It received a lot of criticism for its lackluster visuals.

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A new trailer released on October 25, 2021, showcases the campaign, and major improvements can be seen in 4 key areas.

4. Zeta Halo

In the July 2020 demo, the Zeta Halo looked large and engrossing, but the lighting and textures were underwhelming.

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This campaign overview trailer kicks off with a montage highlighting how the lighting has improved, and Halo Infinite is much better off for it.

3. Combat

The campaign reveal’s battles lacked the spectacle the series is known for.

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But this action-packed new trailer makes Halo look more bombastic than ever.

2. Escharum

Escharum, the main villain of Halo Infinite, looked oddly smooth and low-detailed during his extended monologue from the July 2021 trailer.

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He appears in a post-title card stinger of the new trailer and looks much more threatening than before. A Halo Community Manager, however, does say that this image is pre-rendered.

“Just to clear up confusion and set expectations, the Escharum [at the end of the trailer] is not in-engine. Keep your eyes peeled for more on both.”

- John Junyszek, 343 Industries Community Manager

Escharum

1. Craig

This image of a Brute, which the internet named Craig, was the face of Halo Infinite’s graphical problems.

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Craig’s redesign adds more detail, including a beard. Brutes will even wear armor in some cases.

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Craig’s glow-up shows that 343 Industries has listened to fans’ feedback and brought the game up to a standard worthy of the franchise.

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Halo Infinite will be released for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on December 8, 2021.