Halo Infinite has found itself under a barrage of criticism over visual fidelity, and the latest community update by 343 Industries dives into the issue in depth.
Halo Infinite's narrative director Dan Chosich has already confirmed that 343 have been all ears in terms of community feedback, but the latest community update answers all the possible questions.
All the discussion around graphics centred on two key areas - art style and fidelity, one of which seems to be a done deal.
"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. With Halo Infinite, we’re returning to a more ‘classic’ art style which was a key message going back to the very first reveal that garnered enthusiastic and positive responses. This translates to a more vibrant palette, “cleaner” models and objects with less “noise”, though it doesn’t mean less detail. While we appreciate this may not be everyone’s personal preference, we stand by this decision and are happy to see it resonating with so many fans around the world."
That's not to say that the feedback will be ignored, quite the contrary. The comments about characters looking flat and plasticky, as well as dull and flat lighting, have apparently helped the team make some key decisions, especially those parts that are not about work-in-progress features.
"While some of the feedback was expected and speaks to areas already in progress, other aspects of the feedback have brought new opportunities and considerations to light that the team is taking very seriously and working to assess. We don’t have firm answers or outcomes to share yet but the team is working as quickly as possible on plans to address some of the feedback around detail, clarity, and overall fidelity. The team is committed and focused on making sure we have a beautiful world for players to explore when we launch."
They also confirmed that the Battle Rifle is there and you can catch glimpses of it in in the gameplay demo.
You can find the full Halo community update here .