Halo Infinite delayed to an unspecified date as the team grapples with various problems. The biggest issue is, as anyone could have guessed, COVID-19 related. There has been relatively little news about the game other than its initial reveal. So far, all we know is that the multiplayer features have been pared down to make room for other systems within the game.
The ongoing pandemic has delayed a great many games, and no one paying attention is all that surprised by this. A big AAA project like this has a lot of people involved, and for obvious reasons they can’t all be cooped up in an office for days on end right now. So far, no new release date has been set for Halo Infinite.
The original plan was to launch the game later this year, alongside the new Xbox console. This flagship title getting pushed spells some really worrying trends for the state of development, but also for the launch lineup of the Xbox Series X. It could end up going really poorly for both Microsoft and 343 if things don’t improve.
Studio head Chris Lee made the announcement of Halo Infinite getting delayed, published on social media and the Halo Infinite blog.
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.