Microsoft won’t launch Halo Infinite alongside the Xbox Series X later this year. 343 Industries announced that the game which was originally set to release this holiday season is now pushed back to 2021. There is no news on a new release date or window at this time.
According to studio boss Chris Lee, the delay is due to multiple factors including the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Chris explains that the wellbeing of his staff is important to the game’s success. However, the extra time allows 343 Industries to finish the work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever made.
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— Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020
This delay comes as no surprise. While the COVID-19 pandemic has no doubt caused issues, the main reason for this delay is definitely the game’s state. During the reveal last month, fans saw a mediocre-looking shooter with dated visuals and clunky-looking gameplay. I say let 343 Industries take all the time they need to fix this game. However, this now leaves the Xbox Series X without a major launch title. There is still time before the console launches later this year. Microsoft may have a trick up its sleeve.
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