Xbox Series X Launches This November, Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021

Xbox Series X Launches This November, Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 September 2020 / 3,296 Views

Microsoft announced their next generation console, the Xbox Series X, will launch worldwide this November. Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries in a separate post announced it will no longer launch alongside the Xbox Series X and has been delayed to 2021. 

"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," said 343 Industries studio head Chris Lee. 

"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."

Xbox Series X

There will still be thousands of playable games at launch on the Xbox Series X through backwards compatibility as well as over 100 games optimized for the console, including Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Madden NFL 21, and more.

More than 50 new games are planned to launch by the end of 2020 that will release on the Xbox Series X and Xbox One, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,Dirt 5,Gears Tactics,Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and Watch Dogs: Legion. There are also several Xbox Series X console exclusives, including exclusives like The Medium, Scorn, Tetris Effect: Connected, and more.

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 or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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trunkswd (on 11 August 2020)

It sucks Halo Infinite has been delayed, but I'd rather wait a bit longer than play an incomplete and buggy game this year. lets hope the delay isn't until holiday 2021, but early 2021.

ArchangelMadzz (on 11 August 2020)

I doubt it's incomplete and buggy to be honest. I think they want to launch with ray tracing on XSX.

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ArchangelMadzz (on 11 August 2020)

Instead of patching it in later like they originally intended.

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VAMatt (on 12 August 2020)

There is zero chance that they're delaying there biggest title in years from launching with their new console because they don't want to patch in ray tracing later, like they said they would. They're delaying it because it just generally isn't good enough, and they recognize that Halo must have an excellent release of they want to keep that franchise in the top tier.

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ArchangelMadzz (on 12 August 2020)

Oh it won't just be that, I just mean that it's not because the content isn't finished or it's buggy. They really want to improve the visuals of the game and that will take a while to do so. This improvement will also include ray tracing.

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Barkley (on 11 August 2020)

How many systems have launched without a single new first party title before? MS don't have anything else lined up right? It's just going to be 3rd parties and backwards compatiblity. Crazy.

SecondWar (on 11 August 2020)

I don't believe either the 360 or Xbox One had a major launch title. Gears of War came a year after the 360's release and the most notable first party launch title for the Xbox One was Ryse (remember that?).

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Barkley (on 11 August 2020)

Xbox 360 launched with Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero and PGR 3. Xbox One launched with Killer Instinct, Forza 5, Zoo Tycoon & Ryse. Launching a system without any new games from a 1st party studio is kind of crazy.

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Salnax (on 11 August 2020)

I think the PS2's Japanese launch didn't have any Sony published games, since technically Fantasvision launched a few days later. From what I can tell, that's the main example in gaming history up until now. Even the N-Gage got a Puzzle Bobble game published by Nokia.

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SanAndreasX (on 11 August 2020)

The most heavily promoted PS2 titles I saw at launch were SSX and Kessen, which was a historical tactics game from Koei. Both were published by EA. No Naughty Dog, Insomniac, or Sucker Punch titles, Gran Turismo 3 A-spec didn't come out until the following year, and Final Fantasy IX was a PS1 game.

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Chicho (on 12 August 2020)

So Series X will do PS2 numbers?

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Mr Puggsly (on 12 August 2020)

I mean cross gen, not cross play.

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Cerebralbore101 (on 12 August 2020)

Wait, it's 3rd parties and backwards compatiblty? Always has been.

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Angelv577 (on 11 August 2020)

You might as well delay the series X. There isnt a game that makes the series X a worthy purchase.

errorpwns (on 11 August 2020)

PS5 has one?

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kazuyamishima (on 11 August 2020)

Spider-Man: Miles Morales and the rumours are that it will include a copy of Spider-Man PS4.

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errorpwns (on 11 August 2020)

I still don't think spiderman is anything to write home about, but hey.. Both launches in my opinion look lack luster.

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javi741 (on 11 August 2020)

Even if Halo Infinite released on Series X at launch, you could still get that game on PC & the Xbox One. So it's almost no different to a 3rd Party Multi-plat. So you could argue Halo Infinite isn't a game worthy enough to purchase an Xbox SX. Unless you care about performance & graphics that much, there's no reason to purchase an Xbox SX even if Halo Infinite launched with it.

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Jannlee48504 (on 11 August 2020)

Most people don't have and can't afford a gaming pc so thats why 100 of millions of consoles sell so having halo on pc is not going to hurt series x only help it

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Ryotsu (on 11 August 2020)


hunter_alien (on 12 August 2020)

Slaughterhouse. That's what this generation will be. Said it before and gonna say it again, MS was yet again caught with their pants down. It's not about how many studios you have, it's about how you use them. This is unacceptable and sales will show it. I am baffled by people who come out in favor of MS with this when they won't even have a cross-gen exclusive release for launch. I mean how in the name of God can you have such a terrible launch when you have 15(!) internal studios? I won't even get into the Halo fiasco, but for the game itself, it was obviously not an "early build" as they stated, but an unfinished product, that they tried to push on fans. Not cool MS, not cool...

Blood_Tears (on 11 August 2020)

Phil Spencer back in June: ”I felt good after the PS5 show and I thought the games line-up we're gonna have at launch I've felt really good about. " :)

TheRealOne (on 11 August 2020)

🤔 I thought everybody was saying the build they showed was months old. I think this is the right call to delay, but at the same time this was their big console launch game so it's also a bad move.

mjk45 (on 11 August 2020)

no the build was 2 weeks halo developer said it was an old build from a couple of weeks ago.

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Otter (on 11 August 2020)

Eeek, good for the game assuming its more than just graphical tweaks but bad for Series X's launch. I hope this doesn't cause them to money hat a big third party title this fall.

ClassicGamingWizzz (on 11 August 2020)

But we that Said it looked terrible are such fucking haters , Microsoft did the right thing , clearly this game was not ready to launch in a few months and needs a LOT of work.

gamingsoul (on 11 August 2020)

Ms should delay it's console too, all it's games and controller work on current gen, what's the point?

Signalstar (on 11 August 2020)

Launching the original Xbox with Halo as a launch title turned out to be a big win for Microsoft. It is a shame (and weird) that they have not been able to launch a new Xbox console with a Halo title since 2001. Seems like a no brainer.

Fight-the-Streets (on 11 August 2020)

I guess Xbox Series X will fail hard during the first months - can they recover?

NextGen_Gamer (on 11 August 2020)

Yeah this is huge. It's the right call for Halo Infinite but it's gonna hurt XSX immensely. They almost have to undercut Sony on price now, since every game on Xbox Series X you could also get on PS5...

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loy310 (on 11 August 2020)

This is going to be a rough launch for SX, hooe they can survive it with Sonys current state of mind when it comes o PS5. They are building a console and a campaign thats already hard to beat, and now this happned to SX. Wow.

xMetroid (on 11 August 2020)

Well, MS maybe should have done that before showing it.. feels like they want the marketing to fail. The only game playable will be third party sequels which feels like most already got tired of last gen. Maybe they should have just delayed launch to March or holiday next year tbh.

xMetroid (on 11 August 2020)

You know.. i want to rephrase a bit, after reading the twitter post, i do agree they have to put their team's health and perfection the game first. Just unfortunate they are biting hard on that release date. A misstep from the start can make you lose and entire gen. Don't think it will be the case, but they could have delayed the launch. Switch launch mid gen and in March and was successful. It did launch with a big title tho, which could have been the case here with Halo in 2021 for a 1-2 punch.

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KratosLives (on 11 August 2020)

spencer is the biggest idiot in gaming today

Pemalite (on 11 August 2020)

Good call. I am always happy if a game gets delayed if the consumer ends up with a better product because of it. Hopefully the next time they showcase the game it's got Ray Tracing on.

TheLegendaryBigBoss (on 11 August 2020)

Sucks it's not a launch title, but at the end of the day it's the right thing to do.

Maluigi (on 11 August 2020)

The only reason for me to buy a Xbox Series.

VAMatt (on 12 August 2020)

Basically, they've decided that preserving the Halo brand is more important than having a strong console launch. I agree with that, in that the Halo franchise really needs an excellent game. As I've said before, Halo is teetering on the edge between top-tier franchise, and average AAA game. Another entry (like Guardians) that is just very good, and it'll likely slip into the "just another AAA game" category. But, if they can make this one a truly great game, Halo will be right back up there with the greatest IPs in gaming. That's probably more valuable in the long run than moving a couple million more units during the launch window of the new consoles.

LivncA_Dis3 (on 12 August 2020)

this delay will help it get the legendary 90 on open critics and metacritics! lets just hope 343 is up to the plate this time!

MasonADC (on 11 August 2020)

This sucks as i didnt mind the visuals but this will only make the game better. I hope the delay isnt that long

Srex117 (on 11 August 2020)

Well that sucks, rly. Another game i was looking for is delayed. Halo is my favorite series and i was rly looking for Infinite. I didnt care about all criticism about graphic, since for me it looked beautiful and gameplay was great. Oh well i just hope Cyberpunk and WD Legion wont get deleyed because if they did i wont have anything to play until the end of year since there are no games i look for beside Halo,Cyberpunk and Legion

SecondWar (on 11 August 2020)

I still get what looked good about the gameplay. Just seemed very simplistic to me. The enemies barely posed a threat.

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FormerlyTeamSilent13 (on 11 August 2020)

I would rather they release the product in a good state even if it takes till 2022. MCC on console was a disaster for years before it became playable. Halo 4 was a disaster, possibly the biggest fail in AAA gaming (at least for me and my friends) and Halo 5 was also divisive even though it was a step in the right direction. A lot is riding on this game. They are doing the right thing making multiplayer free-to-play but both sides of the product (campaign and multiplayer) need to be in a good state at release. They can't be missing features at launch like with Halo 4 and 5. It can't have constant server issues like with console MCC. IMO this could turn the halo series around for the better and they should spend whatever additional months in development to get it right.

KratosLives (on 12 August 2020)

is psychonaughts2 aytleast launching?

SuperNintend0rk (on 12 August 2020)

Nope it got delayed to 2021 and it's not an Xbox exclusive anyway so it wouldn't really help to move units.

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Mr Puggsly (on 12 August 2020)

I said long ago I was skeptical about this achieving releasing on time. Its simple guys, be skeptical about all 1st party games. It would be interesting if the MP came first given its F2P. However, I imagine they want to launch it all at once to boost hype.

DonFerrari (on 11 August 2020)

Good that we have confirmation for November, just a matter of the day now. On the Halo Infinite, it was obvious it wouldn't be possible to solve all the issues in a couple months, no matter how much some users pretend it was easy stuff or unimportant. The covid excuse I think is a little silly, it isn't something that happened this past couple weeks and would create after that a several months delay, it is due to the harsh backlash.

Bristow9091 (on 11 August 2020)

Kinda' sucks for people that were hoping to pick the game up with their console... but there's still plenty of third party games and such to pick up in the meantime anyway, so it's not really a big deal for the fans. Microsoft on the other hand... I know they really wanted Halo to be a launch title, but it's nice that they looked at all the feedback and made the difficult decision to delay the game. Will it impact console sales? Probably, since this was gonna' be the "killer app", but hey, guess it just means we'll see the sales bump once the game does release!

shikamaru317 (on 11 August 2020)

For those wondering what this means for the Xbox Series launch lineup. Microsoft still has 3 exclusives announced for a Holiday 2020 Xbox Series release; CrossFireX, Gears Tactics, and The Medium. Plus graphical updates for several already release Xbox games including Forza Horizon 4, Ori 2, The Outer Worlds, and Gears 5. Plus they still have marketing on 4 big 3rd party games releasing later this year, Cyberpunk, AC Valhalla, Dirt 5, and Madden, all of which will be getting Series X updates on launch (except for Cyberpunk, which will be playable on Series X with XB1 X graphics on release, with the Series X version coming in 2021).

Signalstar (on 11 August 2020)


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shikamaru317 (on 11 August 2020)

Not sure what you mean by that. CrossFireX is a timed Xbox console exclusive. The Medium is a lifetime Xbox Series console exclusive. Gears Tactics is a lifetime Xbox console exclusive. Sony has 4 timed exclusives for launch themselves (Godfall, Busgnax, Deathloop, and Kena).

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Signalstar (on 11 August 2020)

Well within one post you went from talking about "exclusives" to "console exclusives" that should tell you what I mean right there.

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Blood_Tears (on 11 August 2020)

Medium was listed under the "Console launch exclusive" tag which is basically just a timed exclusive I believe. That's how MS words timed exclusives. Especially since this developer's past games were timed as well.,in%20about%206%2D12%20months.

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Bandorr (on 11 August 2020)

The medium is just confusing. They put it under "console launch exclusive"and Major Nelson writes (and takes two days to delete) an article about it being on xbox one. Yet the makers of the game claim neither are true.

I don't really even know what medium is. How it plays, whats the goal etc. First guess? Strikes me as a point based puzzle based on using multiple timelines to progress.

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Original (on 12 August 2020)

Aw damnit

yvanjean (on 11 August 2020)

I'd rather play Halo infinite as a finished product than a preview program version. Just give me a Cyberpunk Xbox Series X bundle.

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Azzanation (on 11 August 2020)

Visuals didn't bother me, the game looks fun as hell. Guess this delay will only make the game better. Plenty to play so not exactly in a rush to play it. Take your time.

okr (on 11 August 2020)

Why was this downvoted?

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LivingMetal (on 11 August 2020)

Probably because the VGChartz community is sick and tired of people making excuses for Microsoft.

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LudicrousSpeed (on 11 August 2020)

Downvoted for console warz, why else

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Azzanation (on 12 August 2020)

@okr How dare i have an opinion XD

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