Microsoft’s upcoming flagship title Halo Infinite has been delayed from its 2020 release window to 2021, the game’s developer 343 Industries announced this morning.
343i Studio Head Chris Lee posted a statement on the game’s social pages that said that the team has faced development challenges, including COVID-related impacts, that have meant that the game won’t be ready to release when the the Xbox Series X console hits the market later this year. The extra time will allow the team at 343i to deliver a Halo game that meets the studio’s vision.
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— Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020
The news of Halo Infinite’s delay is hardly surprising given the beating it has taken since being shown off at the recent Xbox Games Showcase in July. The game’s showing was lambasted for its poor visuals and it wasn’t long before it was revealed that the demo was an old build running on a PC with ‘Series X-like specs’. What impact this will have on Series X sales only time will tell, but from what we’ve seen, this delay is the right call.