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Will Halo Infinite be an open world game?

When the Halo Infinite announcement trailer first played at E3 2018, fans weren't entirely sure what game it was for. Opening on lush vegetation, calm wildlife, and expansive landscapes, it didn't quite look like the typical Halo game that fans of the franchise have come to expect. But the second Master Chief showed up towards the end of the trailer, there was no doubt what game was being announced. But even so, the locations showcased in the announcement trailer suggest that Halo Infinite may be a much larger game than the previous installments. And that gave rise to a good question: will Halo Infinite be an open world game?

Game Informer was lucky enough to catch up with the head of Xbox Studios, Matt Booty, to ask him a few very pointed questions about Halo Infinite and other projects the studio was currently pursuing. Booty did a good job of keeping his answers vague enough to stay out of trouble and not reveal any hidden details about the game. But when asked what his reaction was to his first look at Halo Infinite, he stated that it was "visually impressive and more expansive."

The words "more expansive" certainly suggest an open world game, but Booty was careful to steer clear of those specific words. He did say, however, "I think the first thing that is just very cool in where that game is headed, is how they're thinking about expanding the world. I won't go so far as to say 'sandbox', because you bring up sandbox and people sort of 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 just more things to explore, is awesome. The things they're working on are really cool."

All of these hints, combined with the large and expansive world shown to gamers in the announcement trailer for Halo Infinite, seem to suggest that it will be an open world game to at least some degree. With a vague release date of 2020, we're hoping to hear more details and confirmation on these rumors soon.