In surprising news, 343 and Xbox have confirmed that Halo Infinite that was due to be an Xbox Series X launch title, will now be released in 2021. Alongside this announcement, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox Series X would launch in November. For the first time, Xbox will have no major first-party exclusive launching alongside its new console.
In a press release, Chris Lee 343 Studio Head mentioned the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as one of the main reasons for the delay:
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 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.
I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday.
Xbox last showcased Halo Infinite in July with its first gameplay demo, which fans widely criticised for lacklustre graphics. Hopefully, this extra time will allow 343 to polish the game and make it great for their fans.
In more positive news on the Halo front, 343 did confirm recently that the multiplayer for Infinite will be free-to-play.
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