Halo Infinite dataminers have uncovered a mid-credits cutscene that was removed from the final game. It's got some interesting implications for a potential Halo Infinite sequel, although we should take its contents with a pinch of salt since it was removed from the finished product.
What does this Halo Infinite datamined cutscene show?
Naturally, you should proceed with caution here if you don't want any Halo Infinite spoilers, as it'll be difficult to talk about the contents of the cutscene without spoiling the story. You have been warned. You can see the datamined cutscene right here, courtesy of YouTube channel Gamecheat13. The cutscene is a little shonky and lacking in polish, but the fundamentals are there. It shows Master Chief and the Pilot in the Pelican spaceship as they receive a message that they've come into contact with a friendly ship. There's also Morse code playing in the background, which supposedly spells out the letters "UNSC TAG DET", or "UNSC tag detected".
This is significant because the credits scene that made it into the final game shows Banished leader Atriox awakening a new enemy by the name of the Endless. Naturally, Chief would have a lot on his hands battling this enemy alone, and at the outset of Halo Infinite, almost the entire UNSC in the region is wiped out. This deleted mid-credits cutscene suggests that Chief might have a fighting chance against this new unknown enemy thanks to some allies' timely arrival. This could mean that by the time a follow-up to Halo Infinite comes along, the Zeta Halo ring could be more populated with human structures and forces. We could also see the return of characters like senior UNSC officer Thomas Lasky, although this is all speculation at this point.
When can we expect a Halo Infinite sequel?
We likely won't get to find out the answers to these questions until a Halo Infinite sequel is released, and it could be some time before that happens. The previous mainline Halo entry, Halo 5: Guardians, was released in 2016, leaving a five-year gap between that game and Halo Infinite (although delays are at least partially to blame for this). With four or five years between the last few major Halo installments, it's likely we won't see a new Halo single-player adventure until 2025 at the earliest. However, that doesn't mean we won't see Chief's story potentially continued by single-player DLC, so we'll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, you can grab Halo Infinite right now for PC and Xbox consoles. The single-player component of the game is also available via Xbox Game Pass, while the rather excellent multiplayer is free-to-play for everyone. There's a raft of post-launch content on its way to Halo Infinite, too, including fan-favorite features like co-op campaign gameplay and the Forge level editor. We'll have more for you on Master Chief's adventures as soon as we get it, so stay tuned.
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