The developer of Halo Infinite 343 showcased the campaign for the first time in over a year this week – and in doing so, revealed that the infamous Brute dubbed Craig has received quite a splash.
Microsoft’s reveal of last year’s Halo Infinite campaign went so badly that it delayed the game this Christmas, and part of the negative reception was related to the flat visuals. A close-up of a Brute foe nicknamed Craig by the Halo community became an instant meme – and to be fair, developer 343 then leaned into it.
After the new Halo Infinite campaign reveal this week, we saw that Craig had a makeover – and now sports a tidy beard on his chin.
In a follow-up blog post, Character and Fighting Director Steve Dyck spoke about the reaction to Craig and how the developers of 343 handled it internally.
“… the team has kind of a love-hate relationship with Craig,” Dyck said. âWhile it’s fun to see the community gravitate towards Craig, unfortunately he portrayed content and systems that weren’t ready for prime time in this demo.
âThe positive result for Craig is that he’s been one of the factors in saving more time to finish the job and get the Brutes to a place where the team is happy with them.
âThis is one of the many positive examples of 343 working with and aligning with the Halo community around expectations. Players looking hard enough will always be able to find evidence of Craig in Halo Infinite, his mind. continues! “
Bryan Repka, Head of Character Art for the Infinite Campaign, said: “Craig is in good hands, trust me!”
âHe’s gone through a few changes, but I’m here to say he’s become glamorous. He feels really good about himself and has integrated well with the rest of his Brute friends. He has also chosen a new hobby. and did well for himself. Long live Craig! “
343 posted an incredibly detailed render of Craig as he is now in Halo Infinite, which shows just how much he’s changed since last year. It’s not necessarily how Craig will appear in Infinite when you sit down to play the game in December, but it does show the potential details on offer.
Meanwhile, in the same blog post, 343 confirmed the suspicions of many Halo fans about the new foe dubbed the Skimmer: that this is a new species of alien.
There are new species in Halo Infinite, Dyck confirmed, as well as new variations unique to the game. Here is the quote on the Skimmer:
âWhile I won’t say everything about them, what I can say is that they are a mid-level fighter, sort of at the level of the higher-level Jackals and Grunts,â Dyck said.
âThese aren’t full-fledged flying enemies, but they do have hover packs to allow them to move quickly and provide unique challenges and opportunities to the player on foot or in a vehicle.
âWe didn’t want to pursue a full-fledged flying enemy, as we found in an FPS that flying enemies can get a bit frustrating and disorienting when the player is forced to look up. Skimmers, like their namesake, move around. simply by hovering over the ground.
âWe can’t talk too many other details ahead of release, but we’re just starting to scratch the surface of the mysteries this ring holds that include enemies. We can’t wait for fans to get their hands on the game and find out. the new gifts. “
There is no mention of the Harbinger, however. There are many theories circulating on what this new enemy is. A new race? A precursor? All we know for sure is that The Harbinger is not a prelate. Counting his fingers was worth it, then!