The second season of Halo Infinite is live. Our resident Halo expert, Nat Clayton, felt that the game’s first season was a “uncomfortable confusion” so we hope the second one does a better job of attracting its fans. And a great way to please your audience is to bring back Clippy, everyone’s favorite Microsoft mascot.
Clippit, better known by the nickname Clippy (yes, that’s a nickname, who knew) was Microsoft’s most charismatic help button. While researching this article, I was surprised to find that Clippy was widely disliked upon release. People found the feature to be intrusive and irritating. But as a kid I only saw Clippy as an animated little guy on my parents’ screens, and I personally love the guy.
Clippy was eventually killed, along with his group of other animated helpers, but his influence remained strong. Many people remember his smug smile with a dose of positive nostalgia. So Microsoft and Xbox added him to a gun buddy and nameplate in Halo Infinite season 2.
A tweet from James Shields showcases both, and I have to say the legendary friend is pretty damn good. While maybe it’s a potential competitive distraction, I think it would be cool if he animated like he used to when you killed. Cool, but obviously a little over the top. As it stands, he still looks pretty good hanging from the Bulldog, with that familiar eyebrow raised.
Turns out fans have kind of wanted Clippy in the game for quite some time. Halo players on Reddit had previously created a concept and then fan art of an AI based on Clippy – Clip-E. With a few thousand upvotes on Reddit it’s not impossible that this help inspired the wizard’s return in Infinite.