In news that will disappoint many Xbox gamers, Halo: Infinite has been delayed to 2021. The news was reported today by Jez Corden of Windows Central.
Microsoft and the teams at Xbox and 343 Industries had initially planned to release its next installment in the Halo franchise later this year. The game was a key launch title for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft’s next-generation console. Microsoft cited difficulties with the development process related to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the contributing factors behind the delay.
Halo: Infinite is the next main installment in the long-running series. The game is set to be a departure from previous games in the franchise in many ways. For one, the single-player campaign features an open world and its story will be expanded on over time by 343 Industries. Furthermore, the multiplayer component of the game is scheduled to be a free-to-play endeavor, which should attract droves of new players to the series.
While Xbox fans are understandably disappointed by this news, Halo: Infinite is arguably the most important game release in the history of Xbox. If the development team needs more time to ensure a polished experience worthy of the Halo name, more power to them. Delivering a compelling next-generation experience for their flagship IP is absolutely crucial for Microsoft at this time.
Microsoft has stated that this delay will not impact the launch of the Xbox Series X. The next-gen console is still scheduled to launch Holiday 2020.
Source: Windows Central