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Halo Infinite breaks radio silence to receive a message from The Banished

Brutes are back in town

Surely you didn't forget about Halo Infinite amidst the constant churn of PC releases for the Halo: Master Chief Collection. Halo Infinite has been here all along. Watching. Listening. 343 Industries have fired up the radio to broadcast a message on the newest Halo game. It's just a teaser for now, though it seems to confirm yer pals The Banished are coming back for a taste of the Chief.

343 posted a short video today, mostly just relevant for its audio. It does start out by signaling the reception of an anomaly and then deciphering the message before it plays. "Transmission intercepted. Unknown point of origin," says the video description. Here it is if you want to hear it with your ears first:

Here's the transcript as well, if that deep, gravelly voice isn't coming across clear for you:

"The hour approaches
Our forces occupy the ring
Within hours it will be under our control
Humanity will burn
Their brazen defiance will be all but a memory
No more Prophets
No more lies
We stand together
Brothers to the end
We are his will
We are his legacy
We are The Banished"

There's probably more to go on for you folks who know your Halo lore better, the long and short is the return of The Banished. They're a faction of Brute mercenaries that rebelled against the Covenant after the human-Covenant war, led by a bloke called Atriox. You might remember fighting them back in Halo Wars 2 a couple years ago.

That's about all for today's Halo Infinite teaser, but there's sure to be more coming within the next month. Microsoft are planning another Xbox 20/20 event like the one they hosted in May featuring, among other things, Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Though a date hasn't been set yet, Microsoft said that July's event would focus on Xbox Game Studios games. That means Master Chief will likely be stepping up to the plate next month.

Whatever you call it, hit our E3 2020 tag for more from this summer's blast of gaming announcements, trailers, and miscellaneous marketing. Check out the PC games at the PlayStation 5 show, everything at the PC Gaming Show, and all the trailers from the Xbox showcase, for starters.

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