Developer 343 Industries has released a preview trailer for the Halo Infinite Season 2 Cards Circuit Breaker and Catalyst. In the nearly 3-minute video, the flyover trailer shows off the verticality of the Forerunner Catalyst-inspired symmetrical arena map and the pseudo-symmetrical Big Team Battle (BTB) Breaker map. The Halo Infinite community has been clamoring for new in-game content for some time, so the developer hopes these two maps are a welcome step in the right direction.
How were the Halo Infinite Season 2 Breaker and Catalyst maps designed?
A Halo Waypoint Q&A with Tyler Ensrude, the multiplayer level designer for Halo Infinite, details how the two maps have developed over time. Both Catalyst and Breaker were created to ensure that the cards offer something different from the current selection of cards in Halo Infinite. Interestingly, the design of both of these maps were originally intended to be Capture the Flag (CTF) maps, with Catalyst also being the first map that Land Grab was implemented on, but they both started to evolve over time. of their development.
As of Catalyst, the symmetrical arena map is set in a Forerunner structure with tunnels, waterfalls, and cathedral walls. A glowing bridge connects the different sides of the card. This map is meant to evoke similar vibes to the competitive action of Coliseum in Halo 5 and the architectural style of Epitaph in Halo 3.
On the other hand, the pseudo-symmetrical BTB Breaker map takes place on a banished heist with a plasma cutting beam that moves back and forth, effectively splitting the field down the middle. The beam is meant to present a “dynamic element of the map that presents both opportunities and challenges in gameplay”.
The designers wanted to mix environmental hazards with interesting sightlines for snipers and ramps over a death pit for memorable vehicle races where you might have to dodge the beam. Stylistically, the developers wanted to show that the outcasts frequently pick up parts from the UNSC and Covenant. This explains the huge pieces of ship wreckage embedded in the map.
Both Breaker and Catalyst will be featured in Halo Infinite Season 2 titled “Lone Wolves” which releases May 3 for Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC consoles.
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