Halo Infinite sets revised sights on 2021
Halo Infinite isn't going to deploy this calendar year after all.
Earlier today, the official Halo account on Twitter released a "development update" on Twitter, announcing that Halo Infinite, the eagerly anticipated next shooter in the beloved Halo franchise, is no longer planned for release in 2020.
An official notice, which is also embedded below, outlines the reasoning behind the change.
Chris Lee is the studio head in charge of the Halo Infinite project, which means this news (though admittedly disappointing) is definitely official. Fans who were anxiously awaiting the game's availability near the Xbox Series X launch will simply have to find something else to play while they wait for 343 Industries employees to finish polishing the game so it can shine like the diamond we all want it to be.
"We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday," Lee notes near the end of his unfortunate announcement. "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."
Microsoft gave fans an early look (the first really meaty one) at Halo Infinite this July, and the response from fans was somewhat muted compared to what one might expect. The game looks ambitious, but not necessarily as pretty as some might have hoped for given everything that is likely to be happening on-screen at once. Perhaps that is one of the things 343 Industries will look to address with the additional development time.
Staff article by Jason Venter (August 11, 2020)
Jason Venter has been playing games for 30 years, since discovering the Apple IIe version of Mario Bros. in his elementary school days. Now he writes about them, here at HonestGamers and also at other sites that agree to pay him for his words.
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