Following its gameplay reveal, Halo Infinite's graphics were one of the most discussed topics, some fans feeling that the first-person shooter wasn't living up to the expectations set for a next-gen title.
As this led some to cast doubt on Halo Infinite's potential, developer 343 Industries has provided more contest on the game's graphics, revealing its philosophy behind them and agreeing that improvements are required in some areas.
"Based on our learnings from Halo 4, Halo 5, and Halo Wars 2 – along with strong community feedback – we decided to shift back towards the legacy aesthetics that defined the original trilogy", the developer sad in a recent post.
343 Industries Provides Context on Halo Infinite Graphics
Halo Infinite is "returning to a more ‘classic’ art style" which "translates to a more vibrant palette, 'cleaner' models and objects with less 'noise', though it doesn’t mean less detail". At the same time, the developer acknowledges that this might satisfy everyone.
Although 343 Industries says that it received "far more positive than negative" feedback on Halo Infinite's graphics, it does recognize that in terms of visual fidelity the full version could do with some improvements over the build used in the gameplay reveal, which was "work-in-progress from several weeks ago with a variety of graphical elements and game systems still being finished and polished".
"Negative feedback in this area includes comments around characters and objects appearing flat, simplistic and plastic-like, lighting feeling dull and flat, and object pop-in.", the developer noted. "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".
The feedback received from fans targeted both areas which the developer is already working on improving but also new aspects "that the team is taking very seriously and working to assess".
Halo Infinite is set to launch at some point in Holiday 2020 and is headed to the PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
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