Halo 7 will not abandon Slipspace for Unreal Engine

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halo 7 will not abandon slipspace for unreal engine
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Halo won’t be finishing the fight anytime soon, or its support of the new Slipspace engine. While rumours claim that 343 Industries might be switching engines for Halo 7, some strong evidence indicates that this won’t be the case.

Fans have had mixed reactions to the Slipspace engine recently, blaming it for the lack of Halo Infinite content, among other things. It’s one of many things to blame for the live-service shooter not taking off like 343 wanted, with players hoping that an engine change will help things.

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At the time of writing, it appears that 343 will be sticking with the engine and, hopefully, improving it for future games. Following the release of Infinite’s brilliant Forge mode, Slipspace improvements could bring the game’s long-anticipated ray tracing update to fans.

Tech4gamers reports that 343 Industries recently hired a lighting artist for its Slipspace engine. Alex Corll, the lighting artist in question, was hired in September 2022 and their experience section clearly mentions the Slipspace engine currently used for Halo Infinite.

“Real-time lighting for narrative and cinematics utilizing 343’s proprietary Slipspace engine,” claims Corll’s LinkedIn profile.

Prior to this, a report from YouTuber Sean W claimed that 343 Industries would be switching to the Unreal Engine for Halo 7 and future games. Industry insider Jez Corden confirmed the video, albeit cautiously, claiming that the engine has been problematic for the company and Halo Infinite.

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Engine change rumours have run rampant over the past year, especially surrounding Xbox games. Alongside Slipspace, rumours also claimed that Playground Games would be abandoning ForzaTech for its Fable reboot, despite that not being the case.

With 343 Industries still hiring artists for the engine, it’s clear that the company will still be supporting Slipspace, at least for now. Things can always change for Halo, especially if it’s hindering progress for future games, but that change won’t be coming anytime soon.

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