Halo Infinite is "Visually impressive and more expansive"

Not much is known about Halo Infinite. At Microsoft’s E3 2019 press conference earlier this year, the company revealed that Master Chief’s latest adventure would be an Xbox Scarlett launch title–in addition to releasing on Xbox One and PC–sometime during holiday 2020.

Now, corporate vice president of Xbox Games Studios, Matt Booty, has revealed some more details on the upcoming title during a recent interview with Game Informer.

“The first thing that is really cool and where that game is headed, is how they’re [343 Industries] thinking about expanding the world,” Booty explained. “I won’t go so far to say ‘sandbox’ because we bring up sandbox and people seem to overload that term with a lot of other things. But what the team is doing to build a bigger universe and a bigger set of gameplay scenarios, and sort of more things to explore is awesome.”

Halo Infinite runs on 343 Industries’ brand-new Slipspace game engine, which studio director Chris Lee said is aimed at supporting Halo titles for 10 years to come. “The things they’re working on are really cool. As they bring the Slipspace Engine up to date with where we’re at in terms of graphics these days, there’s just some cool stuff,” Booty went on the say. “Design-wise, it’s been really cool to see them get back to some of the shape-language and design-language of some of the earlier Halos. It could be said that, Halo, when you get into Halo 5, maybe it was getting a little ‘busy’ design-wise. [For Halo Infinite] it feels more modern and more clean, but also there are stronger echoes back to the roots of Halo. I would say visually impressive and more expansive.”

Getting back to the roots of Halo has been a common thread amongst the drip-feed of information regarding Halo Infinite. Earlier this year, Brian Jarrard, community director at 343, shared a blog post revealing the long-awaited return of split-screen support to the series in Infinite. The studio also announced that it would support LAN multiplayer, and confirmed that characters in Infinite will have black undersuits–a small detail, but one that harkens back to Halo’s beginnings.

During the interview, Booty also revealed that Microsoft sees The Outer Worlds as an exclusive franchise.

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Wireless SNES controller spotted for Nintendo Switch

A new FCC filing has revealed an upcoming wireless SNES controller for Nintendo Switch.

Resetera user Link83 discovered the new filing (which is required for the controller’s release in the US) after setting up an alert for any Nintendo FCC ID filings. Much of the documentation is confidential, but the accompanying image matches the SNES controller’s iconic shape, while the appearance of the “HAC” model number notates its potential as a Switch peripheral, since all other Switch hardware and accessories use the same model number.

Nintendo released a similar NES controller for the Switch 12 months ago when NES games started appearing for subscribers to Nintendo Online. This new controller might signal the arrival of SNES games to the Switch’s virtual library, with an accompanying controller letting you relive the days of playing Super Mario World, A Link to the Past, and Super Metroid with a familiar peripheral in-hand.

Nintendo hasn’t officially announced the controller in any capacity yet, but we’ll keep you updated on when they do.


Quantic Dream is 'not exclusive to any platform anymore'

After a long stint on PlayStation, Quantic Dreams’ weird thrillers have recently made their way over to PC. Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls are available on the Epic Games Store now, and in an interview with DualShockers, Quantic Dream’s David Cage confirmed that this is how the studio means to continue, no longer tied to a single platform.

Cage had been eyeing the door two years before the launch of Detroit, after more than a decade working with Sony. The PC ports allowed Quantic Dream to branch out, not just putting its games on the Epic Games Store, but also becoming a publisher, starting with its own games.

“Quantic Dream is not exclusive to any platform anymore,” Cage said. “So yes, unless there are some specific exclusivity deals on a title-by-title basis, all our games will be released on all platforms at launch.”

The caveat is a pretty big one. Each of the new PC ports launched exclusively on the Epic Games Store, so while it’s not a platform exclusive, it’s still tied to a single store, at least for now. It’s considerably less restrictive then PlayStation exclusivity, however, and doesn’t preclude them from appearing in other stores later.