Microsoft has just announced a new Halo-centered mixed reality project called Halo: Recruit. It is shortly described as a “fun little arcade experience” that serves the purpose of introducing the player to the world of Halo. The experience will only last about five minutes but will feature a few of the franchise’s iconic characters such as Master Chief and Cortana presumably.
Developer 343 Industries stated in a blog post that the player will get to stand next to an Elite, which will probably be a frightening experience for them. Halo: Recruit was developed in partnership by 343 Industries and VR developer Endeavour One. In the blog post, 343’s Kiki Wolfkill stated that she was skeptical about virtual reality at first due to the concern of the helmet causing the feeling of claustrophobia. However, her concerns were apparently put to rest.
“Boy was I wrong,” she said. “There are precious few opportunities as a creative team to get to explore a truly brand new medium the mixed reality space is exactly that, and it’s magical. Here at 343 Industries, we are just starting to dip our toes into the mixed reality space but we are hugely passionate about the potential to truly explore and play in our universe with this technology.”
Anyone looking to try out Halo: Recruit for themselves will be able to download it for free from the Windows Store starting on October 17, or by going to a Microsoft Store, although a list of locations has not been given at this time. For those who do plan on downloading the experience, you will need a Windows Mixed Reality headset to do so. All of the headsets that will be available this holiday season are currently up for preorder.