Microsoft is putting Halo: Infinite back in the oven. The publisher announced today that it is promoting the next Halo game in 2021 so that the 343 Industries developer has more time to refine the final product.
This is a big hit for the Xbox Series X, which is starting in November. according to Microsoft. Halo: Infinite had to act as the biggest release of that launch platform. Now, anyone who chooses the X Series this holiday will have to wait.
In its messages, Microsoft clarified that it is not changing its next-generation plans.
Chris Lee, head of studio 343, posted the following message on social media:
Today I want to share with the community 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 the right time to deliver a Halo game experience that fulfills our vision.
The decision to shift our release is a result of numerous factors that have contributed to the development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts that affect us all this year. I want to acknowledge the tireless work of our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not consistent for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to send it this holiday.
We know this will be frustrating for many of you and we all share that feeling. The passion and support that the community has shown over the years has been tremendous and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday season. The extra time will allow us to complete the critical work needed to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever with the quality we know our fans.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
This move is likely to be the best. Halo: Infinite looked fun in revealing its game last month, but many fans criticized the visual style. Moreover, rumors claim that the development of the campaign was coming in the heat and there are likely to be start-up problems. A delay could avoid a catastrophic first impression of a game that Microsoft wants to last for years.
Update, 12:38 pm with the launch of the Xbox Series X in November.