- Halo Infinite’s newest map, Illusion, includes a hidden room with Halo: Combat Evolved Easter eggs, paying homage to the franchise’s classic days.
- The room features a TV playing Halo: Combat Evolved, Xbox consoles, beer bottles, and more, symbolizing the community’s love for LAN play.
- Halo Infinite’s development team shows deep respect for the franchise’s history, as seen by their attention to detail and inclusion of nostalgic elements.
Halo Infinite‘s newest map includes a semi-secret room that pays homage to Halo: Combat Evolved, the game that launched one of Xbox’s most legendary franchises. The new map was added as part of Halo Infinite‘s recent major update.
Halo Infinite‘s January 30 update kicked off the new year by adding the Illusion map, the Spirit of Fire Operation, new Forge features, and more. One of Illusion’s designers, Cliff Schuldt, explained that the new map aims to recreate Halo: Combat Evolved‘s level design by implementing a unique feature not seen in any other Halo Infinite maps. The map’s central hallway, which runs almost the entire length of Illusion, has an active camo effect that renders anyone inside of it invisible. The map’s unique aspect is reminiscent of the approach used by Halo: Combat Evolved‘s level design team, seeing that many of its maps featured a unique aspect not repeated on others. However, it seems that this isn’t the only way Illusion pays homage to the classic Halo game.
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Twitter user MintBlitz posted an in-game screenshot that showed a semi-secret room in Illusion chock-full of Halo Easter eggs. The room contains a TV with Halo: Combat Evolved‘s main menu screen pulled up. Underneath the TV lies the original Xbox, the Xbox 360, and empty beer bottles. In front of the TV sits a table with multiple Xbox controllers and more beer bottles. This part of the room seems to be a tribute to the old days of Halo and the community’s love for LAN play, which has since been mostly extinguished due to modern online multiplayer. The room also contains a Halo Wars 2 poster, a smashed TV with an Xbox controller sticking out of it, and more Halo Easter eggs. During most multiplayer matches, the room is closed off and only viewable through a window, but during Infection matches the room is opened up.
Halo Easter Eggs in Illusion’s Semi-Secret Room
- Halo: Combat Evolved playing on the TV
- Halo Wars 2 poster
- Photo of Halo Wars 2‘s The Sale trailer
- Giant sandwich
Halo Infinite‘s development team clearly has high regard for the classic days of the franchise. This enduring respect extends to the game’s community too, with one fan faithfully recreating a legendary Halo: Combat Evolved level in Halo Infinite‘s Forge mode.
The game’s latest update marks a new era in how Halo Infinite releases content. Instead of Seasons that span months, Halo Infinite will now release Operations that span four to six weeks and feature free content for players to unlock.
Following the recent update, Halo Infinite fans have more to look forward to in February. The second season of Paramount Plus’ Halo premieres on February 8, as fans hope for an improvement over the controversial first season.
Halo Infinite is the latest entry in the long-running Halo series. A first for the franchise, this game is open-world, features a grapple system, and more.
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