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Explained: “Halo Infinite’s” Post-Credits Scene

“Halo Infinite” is now available, and it’s set to remain the platform for all future Halo content for years to come. If this is true, we can anticipate a story extension or sequel set wholly within the Halo Infinite structure. The game’s post-credits scene supports this theory by showing us what could be Master Chief’s next ultra-headache. Continue reading to learn more about the “Halo Infinite” post-credits scene. Also, if you’re reading this early, be aware that this article includes major spoilers. Take this as a warning!

The post-credits scene in “Halo Infinite” is explained

“Halo Infinite” is now available, and it’s set to remain the platform for all future Halo content for years to come. If this is true, we can anticipate a story extension or sequel set wholly within the “Halo Infinite” structure. The game’s post-credits scene supports this theory by showing us what could be Master Chief’s next ultra-headache. Continue reading to learn more about the “Halo Infinite” post-credits scene. Also, if you’re reading this early, be aware that this article includes major spoilers. Take this as a warning.

The post-credits scene in Halo Infinite is explained

You’ll face Harbinger in the last moments of “Halo Infinite”, a strange creature who has been working alongside the Banished for reasons that have remained mostly unclear throughout the game. Because you’re Master Chief, you’ll finally triumph and eliminate her for good. She appears to be The Endless, an entity whose name you’ve already heard a lot. Harbinger, it turns out, is not The Endless himself, but rather a representative of The Endless, a forerunner race of aliens that have been pulling strings for a long time.

Harbinger warns you that your time is running out and that The Endless will be your doom in her final breaths, but Chief sees no proof of this. However, after the credits, we come upon a vault whose location is unknown. A Banished’s hand unlocks the vault with a key, revealing a plethora of strange vaults, one of which may contain The Endless. We know for sure that the Forerunners had them imprisoned long before Chief, the pilot, and the Weapon landed on Zeta Halo.

As the camera pans across what appears to be a genuine army of Endless imprisoned in memory card-like cells, it’s revealed that the Banished warrior who has unlocked the vault is none other than Atriox, the Banished’s once-thought-dead leader. His ostensible martyrdom acts as a fervent flame in the hearts of the Banished, particularly Escharum, who assumes the mantle of leader in his absence. We’re not sure if what we witness next were Atriox’s acts before his death or if he’s still alive. It’s all a bit of a puzzle when you put it all together.

However, if you complete the game on Legendary difficulties, you will receive additional information in the form of a voiceover during the same moment. Atriox may be heard conversing with what appears to be an AI, and the latter voices worries about the former’s next moves. Atriox defends his actions by claiming that they are the only way to stop The Endless menace. Because they (or it) appear(s) to have been mentioned first in this scene, both Atriox and the AI-like voice cite their work for The Criterion, a term that even the most well-read Halo enthusiasts may not be familiar with.

For the time being, 343 doesn’t want everything to make sense, so we’re left wondering what Atriox is up to. He implies to the apparent AI that Harbinger believes he is assisting The Endless when, in fact, he appears to be impeding their escape from the Forerunner-created prison. Meanwhile, who is The Criterion, and why does it feel like they’ve just set a new standard for galactic dominance?

It’s safe to assume Master Chief will be summoned at some point. Expect more DLC or maybe a full-fledged sequel to continue the story. After dealing with the Covenant, Flood, Forerunners, and Banished, it appears that Master Chief is still learning about the powers that be.

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