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343 snuck a Halo 5 audio log into its latest Infinite blog post

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Halo Infinite's latest developer update might've focussed on how the spiritual reboot is eschewing Halo 5's sensibilities for a nostalgic return to Halo's roots. But 343's oft-maligned previous entry still snuck its way in, thanks to an easily missed audio log buried in the blog post.

The log, inconspicuously placed within a paragraph on Infinite's throwback sensibilities, appears to directly follow-on from the ending of Halo 5—an ending that (spoiler alert) saw your man John Masterchief reunited with Dr Halsey after Cortana becomes a galactic-scale supervillain. 

There aren't any mind-blowing plot reveals here, but the log does affirm that Infinite won't be a completely clean break from its controversial predecessor.

Secret audio in the latest Inside Infinite article (Halsey and Chief) from r/halo

Halo 5 is something of a sore spot for long-term fans of the series, and one 343 seems willing to break away from. Despite coming to Windows 10 in limited form in 2016, Halo 5 won't be joining the rest of the series on PC, either as a standalone or as part of the Master Chief Collection. From the get-go, Infinite has been positioned as a clean break from 343's previous entries. 

Our first visible antagonist, the Banished, was pulled from the RTS spin-off Halo Wars 2, while the game's environmental design is a conscious throwback to the first game's vibrant pine forests. Where Halo 4 and 5's landscapes were cluttered and overdesigned, Infinite is focussing on "legacy" and "simplicity" to hit Combat Evolved's distinct notes.

"We want players to feel a nostalgic familiarity with these designs, like meeting up with an old friend, as they experience all that Halo Infinite has to offer," campaign art lead Justin Dinges explained in last week's blog post.

This isn't the first time 343 has snuck in references to their older games, mind. The developer has been up-front in stating that the Cortana plot will continue through Infinite, too, with Dinges teasing that "players will not only experience the immediate story of Chief's reawakening to confront the Banished and Cortana but if they look around, they may find glimpses of the future as well."

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more secret audio logs, then.

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.