Originally planned to launch alongside Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite will now release in 2021.
The news came yesterday, with a statement from Chris Lee, 343 Industries’ studio, head published to the game’s official Twitter channel.
“We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision,” the statement reads.
It goes on to say: “The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year.”
The news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. At this point, it’s more surprising when something doesn’t get delayed as a result of COVID-19. But we can’t help but wonder if the decision was also influenced by the backlash Halo Infinite received following its latest gameplay reveal. Many fans – and journalists – expressed their disappointed at the game’s visuals. It’s not a stretch to assume 343 wants more time to improve things.
Halo Infinite Development Update pic.twitter.com/TFZvXhRN9f
— Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020
Hopefully a few extra months of development time can put Halo Infinite in a position where its developers and fans are happy with it. We’ve no doubt it’ll be worth the wait.
It’s certainly a blow to Xbox Series X’s launch lineup – with Halo Infinite positioned as the flagship title. But all is not lost; as Microsoft published yesterday, it still has a lot of excellent titles and services still worth getting excited about.
There’s no firm release date for Halo Infinite yet; just “2021”. Whether that’s early or late in the year remains to be seen. We’ll have more news as it becomes available. Until then, more information is available on the game’s official landing page.