Halo Infinite got a big gameplay demo revealed at the recent Xbox Games Showcase. Though one key takeaway about the Xbox Series X launch title is that the visuals look off.
As such, there’s plenty of feedback from social media showing displeasure about this next-gen title not looking like the visual showstopper it should be. To the point that it spawned memes. Hello Craig.
For why exactly Halo Infinite’s gameplay reveal looks visually off, the folks at Digital Foundry made a video putting into words what’s exactly wrong.
For one, the game uses dynamic lighting, which may not be as good-looking for graphics under low-light. Most of the gameplay reveal took place in a valley, with low lighting in a lot of areas. Other notable flaws include an aggressive LOD (level of detail), and a shift to a simpler art style that doesn’t look good with the current lighting model.
Developers 343 Industries have responded to the feedback.
“We’ve read your comments, we’ve seen the homemade examples of retouched content,” the post on Halo Waypoint reads. “And yes we’ve heard the Digital Foundry assessments.”
“In many ways we are in agreement here – we do have work to do to address some of these areas and raise the level of fidelity and overall presentation for the final game.”
343 explained that the demo was based on a work-in-progress build several weeks old from the reveal. As such, many graphical aspects of the build has yet gotten the final polish, or finished.
There will be plans to address “detail, clarity, and overall fidelity”, though what those will be will be shared later.
However, in regards to aesthetic choice of cleaner looking models, that’s a deliberate art style shift. 343 used feedback from the games post-Bungie (Halo 4, Halo 5, Halo Wars 2) and concluded that for Halo Infinite, the art style should shift back to how it traditionally looked like. So don’t expect guns or armours getting changed art-wise.
At the very least, we can hope that when Halo Infinite launches, it will get only a visual upgrade rather than a downgrade. And they’re at least laughing with us with the memes.
Halo Infinite launches on Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC (Steam, Microsoft Store) later this year. It’s also included in Xbox Game Pass.