One of the new pieces of equipment in Halo Infinite is the grappling hook, which players can use for a variety of purposes. It can be used to swing to new locations or to grab items and throw them at enemies. The grappling hook can also be used to perform an attack.
343 Industries head of design, Jerry Hook, recently expanded on the grappling hook in an interview, saying you shouldn’t expect to use it to swing like Spider-Man wherever you want.
“I want to make sure our fans understand this–Master Chief is not Spider-Man. That is not at all what the Grappleshot does,” Hook said.
Hook went on to say that Halo’s deeper lore mentions the grappling hook, so it’s not something that 343 created for the game.
“If you look in the lore, Grappleshot had a very specific purpose for the UNSC. For helping Marines and Spartans be able to do ship-to-ship combat,” Hook said.
And in Halo Infinite, Master Chief has found a way to modify to help climb and assault enemies in new ways. “Chief and the Spartans have modified that to ensure it can be used within not only the Ring but terrestrial environments in general,” Hook said.
A blog post from 343 shares a few more details on the grappling hook, which is officially known as the Grappleshot.
“The Grappleshot opens up new traversal options while also providing new ways to engage enemies. Get up close and personal by grappling into an enemy for a satisfying melee, pull a Fusion Coil to yourself and throw it at your target, or grapple to a ledge to rain fire on enemies below,” 343 says. “This new equipment, along with various new weapons, open up more freedom and flexibility for players to showcase their own playstyles.”
The Grappleshot will also be available in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, but 343 said it will be a pick-up as opposed to an item you always have.
Halo Infinite is a launch title for the Xbox Series X, and it will also come to the standard Xbox One as well as PC. The first gameplay trailer wowed some Halo fans and left others wanting more, especially in terms of its graphics. In response, Microsoft has said the graphics will get “better and better” in the lead up to launch.
Microsoft has also clarified that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is not delayed.