The July 23 Xbox Games Showcase, the second event so far for the next generation of Xbox games, naturally started off with a big ol' Halo Infinite campaign video. It even started with a demo title screen and a "press start" button prompt! Could that mean a playable demo is on the way? Probably not, but we can still hope!

After a brief introduction cutscene, part of which we’ve seen already, the gameplay started, with Master Chief wandering around an outdoors field murking grunts with an assault rifle. That visual similarity to the original Halo: Combat Evolved was probably no coincidence.

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We also got to take a look at the game's map, giving us a peek at what sort of open world trappings are driving Halo Infinite's gameplay. A variety of different points of interest are visible, and after Master Chief finds a warthog among a bunch of wreckage, we see how crucial vehicles will likely be in getting around.

After battling his way through a greatest hits crew of Halo aliens, Master Chief finds himself once again staring up at the titular Halo. Then we see a mix of different weapons, some which will be familiar to longtime Halo fans and a few new guns as well.

The Xbox Games Showcase also showed a little teaser to accompany the gameplay footage, which gave us an extremely dramatic look at how Master Chief's armor is built. Check that out right here:

Halo Infinite still doesn’t have a release date, but it’s also still on track for its previously announced holiday 2020 launch window. I have a feeling we won’t get a date for this one until the Xbox Series X does too, but we’ll see how that goes in the coming months.

And even if you can’t pick up a Series X right away, you’ll still be able to jump into Halo Infinite on any Xbox One platform, Windows 10, and even Steam! In fact, the Steam page for Halo Infinite launched earlier today. 2020 continues to be weird in every way possible, but Halo fans are certainly benefitting in this case.

Are you all excited for Halo Infinite, readers? What platform are you planning to play it on? Are you jonesing to pre-order the game, or is your Xbox Game Pass subscription have you feeling all set? Let us know over on our social media channels at Facebook or Twitter!