Today, 343 Industries announced that their upcoming xbox one/Series x exclusive Halo Infinite, is getting delayed to 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The news comes in a few weeks after the game was revealed during Microsoft’s Xbox game showcase. 343’s Chris Lee made an official statement regarding the delay.
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.
We believe that 343 made the right call after the negative response the game was getting. A delay will certainly help as it gives developers extra time to improve the quality of the game. Microsoft may need a plan B when they launch their next generation console. We have no idea in what they’re planning, but we look forward to their upcoming showcase later this month.