343 Hasn't Locked in a New Release Date for Halo Infinite

343 Hasn't Locked in a New Release Date for Halo Infinite - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 October 2020 / 2,287 Views

Halo Infinite was originally going to be the big AAA launch title for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S this holiday season, however, due to technical issues the game was delayed to 2021. 

343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard via Twitter has revealed the developer has yet to lock in a new release date for the game. Anything seen on a retail site is just a placeholder or speculation. 

"We haven’t locked on release date for Halo Infinite yet," Jarrard said. "Anything you see on a retail site is just placeholder / speculation."

The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will launch worldwide on November 10.

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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yvanjean (on 25 September 2020)

Take your time and give us a good game.

AFattyGamer (on 25 September 2020)

No rush 343. Make Halo as good as possible when I get my Series X next year :)

JRPGfan (on 25 September 2020)

Holiday 2021?

VAMatt (on 26 September 2020)

I'm going with Q4 2021. So, 11-12 months from the original launch date.

shikamaru317 (on 25 September 2020)

I was kind of hoping it could be ready by Spring/Q2 since Xbox's 1st half 2021 line-up is looking kind of weak right now, but this statement doesn't give me hope. Starting to think it won't release before September. Forza Horizon 5 is our best hope of a 1st half 2021 AAA Xbox exclusive now I reckon, they already have more dev time on Horizon 5 than any previous Horizon game, and they're the largest they've ever been, having hired I believe 40+ new racing team devs since Horizon 4 released.

yvanjean (on 25 September 2020)

Forza Horizon 5 hasn't been announce.

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shikamaru317 (on 25 September 2020)

Yep, but they usually announce it only about 3 months before it releases, so it could be announced as late as The Game Awards in December and still release in March.

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hunter_alien (on 26 September 2020)

Calling it now: second half of 2021. The game was nowhere near ready, based on the latest trailer, and they will need to pull this off the right way.

shakarak (on 27 September 2020)

343 is a very large studio with 200+ employees I'd imagine they'd be able to get the development finished by the first half of next year.

Azzanation (on 26 September 2020)

No need to rush, take the time needed, plenty of games to keep people occupied. Weather it hits next year or not, it will make a big splash either way.

Walbert (on 25 September 2020)

Release date of holiday 2021 and then delayed to February 2022.

Mr Puggsly (on 25 September 2020)

The earliest would probably be March. I am doubtful it would get delayed an entire year.

ironmanDX (on 25 September 2020)

I was thinking march too.

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JRPGfan (on 25 September 2020)

How much more can you do to a game with just 4 extra months of time? It will probably be longer than that no?

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shikamaru317 (on 25 September 2020)

@JRPGfan Well, they made it sound like it wouldn't be getting a total graphical overhaul. Supposedly the delay is mainly to fix the pop-in issues, get the ray tracing update into the game at release, and to add higher quality textures and character models for the Xbox Series and higher end PC's only. It wouldn't take a full year just to do that, would only take that long if they changed their mind and decided to do a full graphical overhaul instead.

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Mr Puggsly (on 25 September 2020)

Right, I don't think they're rebuilding the game per se. I mean they were seemingly committed to launching this year. If it does take a year, then a serious overhaul must be happening.

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mjk45 (on 25 September 2020)

@JRPGfan when you factor in the time from the announcement to the series x launch you have close to 3 months atop of the 4 months post launch time if they met a march release date.

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