Halo Infinite has been officially pushed back to 2021 and will no longer be launching in tandem with the Xbox Series X this year.
In a year that has been rough on developers around the globe due to the ongoing pandemic, 343 Industries shockingly announced today that it will be delaying the release of Halo Infinite from its Holiday 2020 window into 2021.
Halo Infinite, which is the latest entry in the beloved first-person shooter franchise, was set to be the biggest launch title for the Xbox Series X later this year, but it will now be arriving a bit after the next-gen console arrives. “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,” 343’s studio head Chris Lee explained in a message on social media. Lee said that the had come about for a variety of reasons, but specifically mentioned how development has become tough this year due to COVID-19. He went on to thank fans for understanding while also acknowledging that he knows the news will be upsetting.
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— Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020
Halo Infinite has been hyped up as the Xbox Series X’s biggest launch title for well over a year at this point, which makes its delay so shocking. That said, after some fans seemed to be left wanting more following the game’s campaign demo which was shown off a few weeks back, this delay perhaps isn’t as jarring as it once would have been.
It’s also worth noting that the Xbox Series X will still be launching this year and has been confirmed to arrive in November 2020. Previously, Xbox head Phil Spencer said that no single game getting pushed back would prevent the next-gen platform from arriving this year, and that is holding true.
There’s a lot to unpack here for certain, but what are your initial thoughts? Let us know down in the comments.