It’s not Halo 6, though. Developer 343 Industries ditched the numbering convention (due to Microsoft’s wishes) for the latest entry. It’s still the continuation of Master Chief’s labyrinthine story and sequel to the (admittedly bizarre) events of Halo 5. This “entirely new chapter,” according to Xbox general manager Aaron Greenberg, will follow John-117 and his compatriots, picking up sometime after Halo 5.
Halo Infinite was originally slated to debut this year, but it was pushed back due to development difficulties brought on by the pandemic. When it finally arrives, it’s set to offer an explosive new campaign that follows the mercenary group the Banished, and it will bring back the Halo weapons, vehicles, and attitude we’ve come to expect over the years, including a possible battle royale mode and extensive multiplayer options.
It’s about time we return to the world we fell in love with so many years ago, and the fact that it’s an Xbox Series X/S title makes its resurgence even more fitting.
Bloober Team is known for its visceral psychological horror games, from Layers of Fear to Observer. Its latest project is The Medium, which is set for a 2021 debut. It’s a stark departure from painters gone mad and dystopian cyberpunk futures. This time around, The Medium takes players into the world of medium Marianne, who can travel in and out of the spirit realm, for a game that will exist in two different planes.
This third-person adventure will allow players to shift between realms at different segments throughout the game, with Marianne putting her spiritual powers to use by sealing off hostile spirits and interacting with pots of psychic energy called spirit wells. From the look of things so far, it’s set to feature some truly unsettling visuals, accompanied by the legendary Akira Yamaoka’s score and singer and voice actress Mary Elizabeth McGlynn’s vocals.
The Medium has been under wraps for some time, though there’s additional information promised for 2021 ahead of its release. If it follows in the footsteps of earlier Bloober Team titles, players will be in for some seriously chilling narrative moments as well as more than a few jump scares.
Capcom is hard at work on a new title called Pragmata, and it looks fantastic. There’s just one caveat: We know very, very little about what it is or what it’s about. It’s supposedly set for release in 2022, but it’s likely we’ll start hearing more about the project when 2021 rolls around, given that all we have at present is a very mysterious cinematic trailer.