Since Halo Infinite was released at the E3 in 2018, fans are excitedly speculating on what the next entry in the popular first-person shooter franchise will bring. While 343 Industries has just confirmed few details about the new title, the rumor mill is likely to continue in a recent vacancy, noting that Halo Infinite may contain RPG elements.
According to the vacancy, 343 hires a Senior Systems Designer to work on Halo Infinite . Most of the listing is what you might expect, suggesting that the ideal candidate has experience in designing high-level AAA games and a specific understanding of the inner workings of shooter titles. Among the others, however, a requirement should be emphasized, as the article emphasizes that applicants should be familiar with role-playing mechanics.
At this point, nothing further is listed in the listing, but their inclusion undoubtedly suggests that Halo Infinite may bring new mechanics into the franchise. While this is purely speculative, it does not seem to be beyond the scope of the possibility that these mechanisms could provide a more comprehensive character customization and a stronger focus on the gear train.
Moreover, this new development fits in well with an ongoing community-oriented conversation about Halo Infinite – which particularly points to an open world. This idea was strengthened not only by the game's unveiling trailer, but also by a statement from 343 that suggests it will contain "a living, breathing world that is ripe for exploration and endless play opportunities."
Perhaps then players can expect a more open experience of Halo Infinite one with a focus on equipment and replayability over a finite narrative. If games such as Monster Hunter: World and Destiny 2 succeed, it certainly makes sense that the Halo franchise would go in that direction.
Nevertheless, one big question remains: how would the people invested in the series react to such a publication? While some fans may welcome these changes as a renewal, others believe that Halo does not have to be among the growing ranks of open-world RPG games. However, until 343 offers more details, fans can just dream what Halo Infinite will be.
Halo Infinite is currently in development for Xbox One.