With the release of the new teaser that teases the Banished, I think the questions needs to be asked. Who is the main villain for Halo Infinite? Is it Atriox, Cortana, someone else leading the Banished (Atriox is stranded on the Ark due to the ship being destroyed). Also with the toys revealed way back early in the year, we are getting standard covenant enemies such as Elites and Grunts in classic colors.
Just going off the trailers they’ve shown us:
- The Banished Warlord is the main villain since Atriox is on the Ark. They want to wipe out humanity. My only guess is that this is just about power. Humanity is too strong and the Banished are a brotherhood of strength. The Halo ring allows them to achieve their goals.
- Cortana is a more ethereal and detached character that the Chief is trying to work with. As opposed to the central antagonist and does not want to wipe out humanity. The conflict is that she’s still insane, yet really powerful and being a Rogue Servitor doesn’t want her bio trophies being killed. It could also be a case of putting Humpty Dumpty back together or downloading that latest patch to fix the various bugs. Like they could legit make the excuse that her mind has disintegrated into fragments since Halo 5 and the Banished are just rampaging through UNSC space.
The July event is probably going to fill in more of the gaps. I think there’s a big piece of context concerning what going on with the Created and Cortana missing. My guess is that this has been a very bad Stellaris run for Cortana. Which, thematically would make sense. If the Created actually can’t even protect humanity from the Banished then they’ve obviously just exposed humanity to doom by disarming them. Oh if they had stood together with humanity things would have never got this bad