Halo Infinite Dev: 'Your Voice Matters and is Heard' Following Criticism

Halo Infinite Dev: 'Your Voice Matters and is Heard' Following Criticism - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 August 2020 / 1,835 Views

Publisher Microsoft and developer 343 Industries during the Xbox Games Showcase last week unveiled the first gameplay footage of the Halo Infinite campaign. There has been a range of responses following the gameplay footage from praise to criticism for the graphics. 

Some developers at 343 Industries have stated it is from an early build and the team is hard at work on improving the game's visuals. 

Director of the Halo Infinite narrative experience Dan Chosich responded to criticism of the game from a Halo fan saying the development team has heard the response about the game. 

"I’ve been in your shoes. I know what it’s like to have expectations built [and] feel let down," he said. "I want you to know your voice matters [and] is heard.

"You're not falling on deaf ears. I always want to live up to the legacy that Bungie pioneered. I personally care a lot about honoring that."

Halo Infinite will launch in Holiday 2020 for the Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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32 Comments

VAMatt (on 30 July 2020)

I think Halo is still a top-tier franchise, but just barely. Microsoft needs this one to be an excellent game. Very good is not good enough right now. So, if the game just isn't ready yet, delay it until it is. Even if they have to push it back a year, I think that's better then releasing something that's going to get an 82 metacritic score. They need something it's going to score 90-plus.


SKMBlake (on 30 July 2020)

Currently, I don't see anything that would suggest a +85 score


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VAMatt (on 30 July 2020)

I don't think we have enough information to judge anything really, with the exception have a decent sample graphics in one part of the game. But, if I was scouring the game based on what we've seen, I agree with you.

Anyway, that's kind of my point. Halo is on the cusp. An excellent game will launch it right back up to the top in terms of its significance in gaming. Another very good game, something as well received as Guardians, for example) and it will fall down into that second tier of games that people are interested in, but nobody talks about outside except around launch of new entries. Microsoft badly needs Halo to regain it's status has an epic franchise. I hope they take the time needed to get it right, even if it means a substantial delay.


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Mr Puggsly (on 30 July 2020)

I honestly don't think the average gamer feels it looks that bad. However, they got plenty of time to make big improvements before launch.


VAMatt (on 30 July 2020)

I don't think anybody thinks it looks "bad". The general consensus among hardcore gamers in forums like this one is that it doesn't look like an awesome, next-gen, flagship title.


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Angelv577 (on 31 July 2020)

It doesnt look bad...for current gen standard.


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DonFerrari (on 29 July 2020)

Early build and the game is launching in like 5 months? Doesn't seem to add up, even more when previous footage looked better.


Azzanation (on 29 July 2020)

If previous footage looked better, doesn't that answer the question of the early build they showed?


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DonFerrari (on 29 July 2020)

??? You want to say that they are showing a build even earlier than the video they showed over a year ago? What would be the point?


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Azzanation (on 29 July 2020)

No, i am saying the build they showed was probably the only build they had fully functioning where as the older builds that looked better probably wasn't consistent. Who knows. Apparently the build they showed was in January so 7 months later the game could look better and it still has a few more months to improve. I sense they will delay the game anyway for more time.


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JRPGfan (on 29 July 2020)

Azzanation the trailer from 2018 looked better...... thats what DonFerrari means. What happend that caused it to come out looking so much worse? well they changed engines and had to restart some of it. Basically the engine change mid developement has hurt them, and it needs more time.


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pitzy272 (on 29 July 2020)

The game is actually launching closer to 3mo from now. It's nearly August, and consoles have often launched in November. I've heard several people speculate that MS might launch even earlier in October or even September to try to get a head start on Sony, but idt there's any evidence behind that.


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DonFerrari (on 29 July 2020)

Considering games go gold about 1 month before release this game would need to be finished by October end at most. With that in mind and considering a demo needs some time to be made and test we would have at most a 6 month prior to release demo (perhaps even as low as 3 months), which would be where most Beta should already be close to finished. That is why it is odd to claim it is an early/old build so close to launch.


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Azzanation (on 30 July 2020)

@JRG, i anwsered that question. The other builds they showed were probably not finished or unstable so they showed the current build instead. Who knows tho, we can only speculate.


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DonFerrari (on 30 July 2020)

And somehow we must believe 343 cancelled the beta because of covid being to big of a burden but at the same time they will manage to improve to the game leaps and bounds in the short months remaining to launch?


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Azzanation (on 30 July 2020)

They showed a slighty better version of the demo with an Add so they do exist. Maybe 343 might delay the game to boost it even further, who knows at this stage


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DonFerrari (on 30 July 2020)

MS know, and greenlit the presentation and stated launch game. They controlled the reveal date and decided it was good to show like that.
Not sure if they would feel comfortable releasing the Series X without Halo Infinite, even more since they didn't give another flagship game for the launch. But yes better to delay a game so it can be great than releasing it not being the greatest it can be and carrying that bad image for the rest of gen. MS really needs all the good faith they can garner.


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Azzanation (on 30 July 2020)

People would have been just as mad if they didn't show gameplay. So they showed gameplay, unfortanunly all they had was an old build that was ready. Lets wait until August and see if anything has improved if they show Halo again.


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DonFerrari (on 30 July 2020)

They had the show in the planning and could have waited to have a date to show when they were confident they would show something they approved, and I guess that is the case, they didn't think the graphics were poor, it is mostly probable that it was their targeted graphic.


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Heavenly_King (on 29 July 2020)

I am not a MS fan; but MC is a badass character that deserves a great game. Hopefully they can deliver.


trasharmdsister12 (on 29 July 2020)

I think Halo is a pretty cool guy. Eh shoots aliens and doesn't afraid of anything.


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Mr Puggsly (on 30 July 2020)

@trash - That gave me a good laugh.


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method114 (on 29 July 2020)

It's sad for me to see this. I haven't been a fan of MS this whole gen but at the end of the day I know those devs worked hard on this. Creating a new engine and working with it can't be easy.


JRPGfan (on 29 July 2020)

Its not just creating a new engine, its when you choose to do so.
Apparently they did the new engine thingy mid development. You can see from the older trailers, they where done on the old engine. If your gonna be useing a new engine, its always best to do so, early into development. The later you choose to do it, the more likely it is it will mess everything up.


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shikamaru317 (on 29 July 2020)

I honestly hope they decide to delay the game into 2021. Xbox Series doesn't need Halo on launch to sell well (XB1 selling out Holiday 2013 proved that), and 2021 is looking lite on AAA exclusives for Xbox anyway. The game could really benefit from increased dev time on all platforms, but especially on Xbox Series and high end PC's. With the extra time they could get the planned post-release ray tracing update ready at launch, create higher res textures for PC ultra and Xbox Series, and then have time to optimize the game so that it can run those higher res textures at 60 fps. They could also use the extra time to get more multiplayer content ready at release.


JRPGfan (on 29 July 2020)

I actually find I really agree with this. If they value halo, they shouldn't be useing it like this. In the end, I think xbox will be better off, and halo too, if its delayed.


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VAMatt (on 31 July 2020)

We haven't seen enough of the game to really know. But, if it's just going to be an 80-85 metascore game right now, I think it should be delayed until they can give us a 90+ quality title. The Halo franchise needs an excellent entry to regain it's footing.


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Cueil (on 30 July 2020)

The easiest things to fix in a game are textures... textures don't ruin code and as long as you stay in budget they don't effect frame rates. I don't even get why people got upset about the texture or the lighting those things will be fix... even if that wasn't old code they are still 4 months out


Azzanation (on 29 July 2020)

Constructive criticism will always help lead to improvments. This is good news for those who it matters too


JRPGfan (on 29 July 2020)

the problem is there's a deadline. Its not like them "hearing people" will change anything, unless they plan to delay the game and give it more time to come out better. Basically its empty speak unless actions back it up.


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COKTOE (on 30 July 2020)

Incorrect. For several reasons. Not the least of which as the one pointed out by JRPGfan.


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Azzanation (on 31 July 2020)

Well they might just delay the game for those caring for the visuals


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