Halo Infinite Won’t Be An Xbox Series X Launch Title

Pushed back to 2021.

Halo Infinite

It has just been announced that Halo Infinite will not be releasing as a launch title for the Xbox Series X as intended.

Halo Infinite will now launch for Xbox Series X (and PC) sometime in 2021.

The news comes from 343 Industries themselves, who have pointed to COVID as one of the reasons why they’ve struggled hit their expected launch window, which is totally understandable.

“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.”

It’s been a rocky road for Halo Infinite, the first mainline entry since Halo 5. Its gameplay reveal didn’t exactly go down a storm and its creative director left late last year. Couple that with a tight release window amidst the backdrop of a pandemic and it’s clear why the game was pushed back.

When Infinite does launch, though, it will do so with free-to-play multiplayer, which will be a series first.

Xbox Series X, meanwhile, has been confirmed for a November release window, which is more specific than the previous Holiday 2020 window. The price, though: vaguer than ever.

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