Halo Infinite could feature Spartans from the Halo Extended Universe.

Earlier this week user Atill555 on the Halo subreddit clipped a podcast featuring actor Verlon Roberts, who was talking about his experiences working on Halo Infinite. Roberts revealed that his character is called Spartan Griffin and that he was acting opposite Master Chief during motion capture sessions. Roberts pointed out that Chief is much taller than Griffin in the game, and that Roberts had to talk to a baseball cap with a tennis ball on the end of it to make up the difference. Roberts posted a picture of himself in mocap gear to Instagram in 2020, which may be from when he was working on Infinite. Mega Construx leaks previously revealed the existence of a Spartan Griffin toy, who sports purple Mark VII armour.

While this is already providing more details about the game’s story and characters, Halo novel fans have pointed out that a character called Spartan Griffin already exists in the Halo Extended Universe. In the book Halo: Shadows of Reach: A Master Chief Story, Master Chief meets Commander Palmer (a character that voice actor Jennifer Hale has confirmed to be in Halo Infinite) who is in charge a Spartan-IV crew from the UNSC Infinity called Fireteam Taurus, who have been sent by Captain Lasky to fight the Banished (the antagonists of Halo Infinite) on the planet Reach. One of the Spartans in the crew happens to be called GRIFFIN.

In the past, 343 Industries has said that Shadows of Reach isn’t “required reading” to enjoy Halo Infinite, but its author, Troy Denning also said the following: “343 wanted Shadows to give a glimpse into certain plot points that also come to fuller fruition within Halo Infinite, and often times this can mean that certain elements I’m writing in my manuscript are brought to life in parallel with ones being developed for Halo Infinite’s story and gameplay.”

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Halo Infinite takes place on Installation 07 or Zeta Halo, in the wake of a battle between the UNSC and the Banished, led by War Chief Escharum, who we saw in the Halo Infinite gameplay reveal. From the gameplay trailer we also know that the crew of the UNSC Infinity suffered heavy casualties in the battle that frames the game’s story. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that some may have survived, including Commander Palmer and Spartan Griffin, played by Verlon Roberts, who appears to have acted opposite Master Chief for Halo Infinite.

We don’t have a confirmed release date for Halo Infinite after it was delayed into Fall 2021, but another interesting tidbit from the interview is that Roberts said that the game was “pushed to later November this year.” We can’t yet confirm that date, but it’s perhaps a useful pointer.

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Jordan Oloman is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.
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