Halo fans will have to wait until 2021 to play the new Halo Infinite. Microsoft showcased the official gameplay trailer recently, along with upcoming new titles for the platform. The game’s development schedule was already rumored to be rushed to meet the Xbox Series X release date. Now, with COVID-19, perfecting the game before it’s release was simply no longer a viable option.
Microsoft’s released a statement addressing the delay of Halo Infinite reads:
“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.”
Despite this being a smart decision overall, this is still a very tough break for the Xbox Series X (XBX) launch. The Halo franchise means a great deal to its loyal fan-base. Many fans have expressed that they would rather wait for Halo Infinite to be ready, than invest in a subpar product.
Nintendo game designer, producer and developer Shigeru Myamoto has been famously quoted saying “A delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.”