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Sorry Craig, It Looks Like Halo Infinite Has Redesigned The Brutes

343 Industries

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Tom Chapman

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17th Sep 2021 16:03

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RIP Craig the Brute, we hardly knew ye. While 343 Industries' much-delayed Halo Infinite continues to dominate the gaming world with buzz about its eventual release later this year, let's take a moment to remember its fallen comrade - Craig the Brute.

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It's been a whole six years since Halo 5: Guardians soared to the top of the charts and cemented the Halo name as an Xbox flagship, which means there's been plenty of hype about its long-awaited sequel. Sadly, 343's first reveal of the game at last year's Xbox Games Showcase led to widespread criticisms of graphics. Even through all these troubles, there was an unlikely hero in the form of Craig the Brute.

What's happened to Craig the Brute?

With his flat face and poor rendering, Craig the Brute was dubbed a modern low-poly Hagrid by some. Still, everyone managed to find the funny side of things, with even 343 Community Manager Brian Jarrard getting in on the joke. Since then, Craig the Brute has pushed Master Chief out of the frame and become the troubled title's poster boy. It was all fun and games, but now, Craig the Brute could be a thing of the past. 

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Posting on the Halo subreddit, u/DonCh1nga5 shared an apparent redesigned look at the brutes. These are a far cry from the Craig that was shown last year, suggesting 343 has completely overhauled the franchise grunts. Commenting on the post, players were suitably impressed - even if they did compare the new brute to Planet of the Apes copies.

Responding to the redesigned brutes, one fan wrote, "Wow. I mean I don't mean to kiss their ass, but I think they are basically totally remaking the game", while another asked, "Where is Craig? Is he safe? Is he alright?" A third concluded, "Craig may be gone, but his legacy will live on." We need to remember, it's entirely possible someone just made up these images and put them on Reddit for the clout.

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Will Craig the Brute remain in Halo Infinite?

The million-dollar question is whether the big guy himself will make the cut. In the first look at Infinite, Craig was one of two brutes that faced off against Master Chief in a short burst of combat. Assuming the scene is still in the final game, it stands to reason that Craig will be there - albeit in next-gen form.

Last year, 343 took the criticisms in its stride and promised there was still a lot to do before it would be ready for release. Still, the team promised your grumbles were being listened to, and how those involved felt personally hurt by the negative backlash. We'd always expected a souped-up Craig, but did you really have to kill him off?

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Part of us would love the idea that 343 would leave old Craig in there as a nod to his now legendary status. Then again, for those that might've missed the Craig boat, they're likely to call out this low-res foe standing out against his next-gen brute pals. Thankfully, there isn't long to wait until Halo Infinite suits up Master Chief once again. When it happens, rest assured we'll all be heading out there to look for Craig.

 

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Halo 2 And 3 Are Finally Getting Modding Tools

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Tarran Stockton

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17th Oct 2021 09:31

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