Microsoft and 343 Industries have not been having the easiest time this month. The recent reveal of a full delay to Halo Infinite has not been easy for gamers all over the globe. And it’s a pretty safe bet that 343 has been having a bad time. Although there is one small bright spot. At least the Halo TV show is still on track apparently.
Notable Microsoft insider Brad Sams published his own post describing the reasons why 343 Industries chose to delay the game out of 2020. He mentioned the innovativeness of the engine and the hardware creating new challenges, miscommunication with third-party contractors, and the TV adaptation. This was allegedly a “significant distraction” for management, and certain milestones were missed as staff were overworked trying to fill in the gaps left by these problems.
343 has now clarified the situation in a statement supplied to IGN. “343 Industries has a devoted transmedia team that is working with Showtime on the creation and production of the Halo TV show. This group is separate from the Halo Infinite development team. These are two completely independent projects with dedicated teams and leadership that do not impact one another,” it said.
There are many different moving parts to such a production, so it’s nice to see things are still going OK in one way. There were plenty of missteps along the way, say for example when important folks like Tim Longo and Mary Olsen left 343 Industries. This cast some doubts on the future of the efforts for the game, and some suspected creative issues with the Halo TV show, but it’s nice to see that’s not the case.
THere have beenother disruptions as well, for example, when community manager John Junyszek announced a schedule change. Gamers ands fans may have been unsurpised to learn that there would be no weekly update. “FYI: There will not be a Community Update this week,” he announced. “We know there are lots of questions out there, especially in regards to Halo Infinite, but please hold tight for now. There’s a lot to work through, including communication plans, but please know we’ll share more when ready.”
Halo Infinite will be released for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X in 2021.