Halo Infinite being set on Zeta Halo has huge lore implications

Halo Infinite being set on Zeta Halo has huge lore implications

A whole lot has happened on Zeta Halo long before the Chief came onto the scene.


Zeta Halo, also known as Installation 07, is where Halo Infinite is set. This is huge from a lore standpoint, as it is one of the most mysterious Halos out of the entire array. Now, this is a mighty claim, especially when the Halos are already so enigmatic. However, based on the lore, Installation 07 could be the most important Halo, and if 343 Industries has written the campaign well, could be an experience full of twists and turns and surprise reveals.

Let’s start with the biggest element and go from there. Zeta Halo is where the Precursor was taken and where it eventually turned Mendicant Bias against the Forerunners. For those that aren’t in-the-known, the Precursors were the race that came before the Forerunners. It’s the alien race responsible for the Flood – they literally turned themselves into the Flood (accidentally) and eventually used this state to combat the Forerunners.

As for Mendicant Bias, this was the Forerunner’s ultimate AI set in charge of interrogating the Precursor. Instead, after hearing what the Precursor had to say, it decided to side with it, turning against the Forerunners. In the end, the Precursor that existed on Zeta Halo ended up dying, though its mind was transferred into the body of the Gravemind.

Whether some part of the Precursor or Mendicant Bias exist on Zeta Halo remains to be seen. However, alongside their existence on the ring, Installation 07 was also where early humans were located as part of a conservation effort. But, it wasn’t as great as it sounds. One rogue Forerunner decided to run experience on these early humans. It would use them to test the Flood infection among other heinous acts.

Then there’s the actual size of Zeta Halo. It was part of the original array of Halos, meaning it measured 30,000 km in diameter. But upon humanity discovering the ring in the 24th century, it was a mere 10,000 km. Were the other parts of the ring complete destroyed? Might we discover their location and contents in Halo Infinite? I guess we’re going to wait until December to find out.

There are so many dominos currently setup with Halo Infinite that it’s hard to imagine how the campaign could knock them all over in a satisfying manner. We’ve got Cortana out there leading other AI in an effort to disarm the galaxy after having had her rampancy “cured” by Forerunner tech. There’s the Banished that are lauded by Halo Wars 2 fans as one of the best enemy races in the series. And we’ve got the deep mysteries of Installation 07 where humans underwent Forerunner-led Flood experimentations, where the Precursor was taken, and where Mendicant Bias was turned. It’s a boiling pot of ideas and threats and hopefully the location where we reach a satisfying conclusion to Master Chief’s story.

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    October 17, 2021 11:59 PM

    We’re rapidly closing in on the release date of Halo Infinite and I cannot stop myself from replaying the games, reading through the wiki pages, and consuming the novels once more. One thing that continues to excite me is that Halo Infinite takes place on Zeta Halo, one of the most mysterious and lore-rich locations in the Halo universe.

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      October 18, 2021 1:09 AM

      it's either incredibly promising or incredibly unnerving they've released zero (?) SP footage since they derailed their original launch window with that stuff last year.

      that said, the MP test was a pleasant surprise. i'll be happy if they nail it.

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        October 18, 2021 4:41 AM

        The fact that coop isn't a launch feature concerns me.

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          October 18, 2021 5:35 AM

          It’s definitely coming hot but if that helps…

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        October 18, 2021 5:39 PM

        imo, the only thing wrong with the campaign reveal was the lighting and some textures. Everything else seemed par the course.

        I'm sure we'll get a gameplay trailer soon. Another 10 minute chunk of gameplay would be pretty awesome, but we can only hope.

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      October 18, 2021 5:52 AM

      I'm pumped, MP beta was really great, in stark contrast to Bf2042 MP beta

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        October 18, 2021 10:39 PM

        I didn't get to experience the BF2042 beta. I certainly hope it winds up better than what I'm hearing.

        I went back and watched some BF1 footage. Man, that game was fucking awesome.

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      October 18, 2021 5:54 AM

      Man, I really miss being super into Halo on the OG XBOX. That first game helped get me through some tough life stuff (perfect timing).

      When that 2nd game came out I was all-in. I bought 3 and Reach (?) and the first top-down strategy game, but they lost me somewhere between 2 and 3.

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        October 18, 2021 5:55 AM

        Same, but I did play until 4.

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          October 18, 2021 5:57 AM

          I don't think I got that far. :( My last XBOX was the 360, incidentally.

          Anyways, I still have all of my collector's edition stuff from Halo 2 and 3 (the helmet; and the statue with all of the multi-coloured Spartans on it).

          And I'll defend that first game for ever, even with all its (minor, IMHO) faults.

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            October 18, 2021 6:02 AM

            Halo 4 was the last one they released on the 360, it looked bonkers, last two games I played on that thing were that Halo and GTA V.

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            October 18, 2021 6:03 AM

            After Bungie left the games never felt the same to me.

            I played them, but they were kind of hollow experiences.

            This one looks like it is a lot close to the original Halo both in the sandbox gameplay as well as the epic scope of the campaign.

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              October 18, 2021 6:12 AM

              Oh dude, I was so into the games, I watched the making of documentary for Halo 2 at least 10 times, knew all the names of the devs they interviewed in it, etc.

              And back then, as a Mac gamer, I'd been following Halo's development a few years before it was announced that MICROSOFT (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) had bought Bungie. That was a little punch in our guts. But we got over it. Well, I did. I bought my first ever "modern" console (the OG XBOX) and the rest is Halostory.

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                October 18, 2021 6:32 AM

                I remember that, it was even demo’d on a MacWorld event with Jobs as interim CEO at the moment

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        October 18, 2021 6:08 AM

        BTW I love reposting this: a musician friend of mine wrote this epic 10-ish minute song inspired by HALO (and actually called "HALO") and it sounds just like the music that would be in the game, but he was careful not to steal, but rather write music heavily "inspired by" it.

        It's also got vocals and lyrics about the games.

        He wrote this special "Helloooo Shacknews!" intro for me and uploaded it:

        And if you wanna check out the entire 10+ minute track for free on SoundCloud:

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      October 18, 2021 6:50 AM

      Your enthusiasm for Halo inspires us, SerfaSam!

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