Heading into the next-generation of gaming, the most important aspect is and will always be the games. What will you play on your shiny new box is extremely important to if and when you upgrade. Going into the release of Xbox Series X, team Xbox had its biggest franchise set to release with the console. Halo Infinite’s releasing day one with the Xbox Series X was a huge deal. Players who upgraded to the new console would be able to experience the game in 120 fps. Although the title is not exclusive to the Series X, as it is also playable on Xbox One, it gave gamers a bit of a reason to upgrade their console over possibly building a gaming PC.
Yesterday via twitter the official Halo twitter handle officially broke the news that the newest Halo is indeed delayed until 2021. 343 industries studio head Chris Lee issued you a statement. The full statement is as follows:
Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community. 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. We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment. The passion and support the community has shown over the years has been incredible and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday. The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect. Thank you for your support and understanding.
I always have and always will reserve the right to be wrong. However, I truly believe without Halo Infinite launching the holiday it will hurt the sales of the Xbox Series X. Granted, Microsoft has shifted their focus as of late to subscriptions due to the ever popular Xbox Game Pass however, I am fairly certain selling consoles is still a priority. This delay will hurt. As a matter of opinion, the Halo Infinite delay hurts Xbox Series X, not Halo as a franchise. Although delayed games often frustrate gamers, they are in essence a good thing. Players would much rather spend $60 on a game that is up to par rather than a game that will consistently need patches for it to be complete. No one want to play a game that could obviously look better. Halo Infinite is that game. With the massive team at 343i and a limitless budget this game should be a showcase for what the Series X can do.
It will be an interesting time this holiday when both Ps5 and XSX release. I am truly intrigued on how Microsoft will handle this delay and convince gamers that the Xbox Series X has value now, not just in 2021. Again, this Halo Infinite delay hurts the Series X, not the Halo franchise.