343 Industries has confirmed today that Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021 "to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision."
In an update on the official Halo Waypoint website, Studio Head Chris Lee addressed the fans:
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.
Unfortunately, this means that Halo Infinite won't be launching alongside the Xbox Series X - the console is now officially releasing this November, with over 100 optimized for Xbox Series X titles planned for this year.
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