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Phil Spencer on Halo Infinite Delay: Game Will be Better and Release When People Can Find an Xbox

Phil Spencer on Halo Infinite Delay: Game Will be Better and Release When People Can Find an Xbox - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 December 2020 / 1,893 Views

Microsoft originally planned to have Halo Infinite as the big launch title for the Xbox Series X and S, however, due to issues the game was delayed to 2021. 

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer in an interview with The Verge said it was a big miss on their part with not having Halo Infinite at launch. However, it does mean they will release "a better Halo game at a good time when people can actually get a console."

"We were very public about Halo Infinite and our desire to have Halo at launch," said Spencer. "I do think there’s some great launch games that are there to go play, that maybe get lost in this dialogue about who’s got the better launch lineup, which is a downside.

"I’m playing a lot of Tetris Effect from my friend, Mizuguchi, and the team, and it’s awesome. We wanted Halo at launch. We thought it would have been a real cultural moment for us as Xbox. Last time we had done that was the original Xbox and Halo: CE.

Phil Spencer on Halo Infinite Delay: Game Will be Better and Release When People Can Find an Xbox

"From a business standpoint, I’m selling every console I can build. It’s hard for me to point out how I would be selling more consoles today. I wouldn’t be. There’s also a fan promise, and that’s not lost on me that people want to see new great games that play on their new platform that they purchase. That’s a commitment that we believe in.

"We’ve made huge investments in our first party [games], in growing the amount of games that we can build that can be special on Xbox, that can be there for our Xbox fans, so that they feel like they made the right purchase.

"[Halo] was a miss on our part. I wouldn’t change the decision based on the right game, [a] healthy situation for the team, and how they’re working. Absolutely, it’s something that we had planned for, Bonnie Ross who runs the studio and I, to have Halo there.

"In the long run, I think what’s going to happen is we’re going to get a better Halo game at a good time when people can actually get a console. I feel good about that. I think the game will be better for the time that we’re giving it."

"I feel good, really good, the best I’ve ever felt about our roadmap.," he added "But yeah, it would have been really great to have Halo at launch."

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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Eagle367 (on 25 November 2020)

You all do realise that the writers love you Xbox haters since you give more traffic and replies whenever Phil is mentioned right? If you stop hating on Phil, you won't get as many articles about him

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Cerebralbore101 (on 24 November 2020)

When people can find an Xbox? The game will run on XB1 and XB1X. Let's be real here. The game got delayed because fans saw the awful trailer and told MS to fix it.

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sales2099 Cerebralbore101 (on 24 November 2020)

The delay is making the best of the situation. As in releasing when stock is ample. People want the next gen version.

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KratosLives Cerebralbore101 (on 25 November 2020)

The next gen version will be the same , except for better frames/ resolution. This is a current gen game at heart

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sales2099 Cerebralbore101 (on 25 November 2020)

So is Spiderman MM and Horizon 2, doesn’t stop people from wanting the best.

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KratosLives Cerebralbore101 (on 25 November 2020)

It's no game changer and is the same game essentially. I'm no halo fan, but the footage shown wasn't that bad actually. It looked like a huge open world and the lighting was due to time of day. I think the issue people had was the stuttering and issues during the stream. But I can't see why they would delay a game that was meant for xbox one x. They had the stream and release ready to go, so the teaam was obviously happy. When it does release, xbox one owners will most likely be getting the same game that was shown. Series x will probably get slight enhancements. I think they also messed up by showing some cgi/ingame halo footage during the series x reveal add. It looked impressive, but it propbably got people's expectations too high.

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hiccupthehuman (on 25 November 2020)

I'm waiting for Halo Infinite to buy a Series X. I bet it'll launch November 15, the 20th anniversary of Halo CE. I hope the extra year of polish will improve the visuals.

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nosound_warmup (on 27 November 2020)

"But yeah, it would have been really great to have Halo at launch." Why? I thought people couldn't get a console. Phil Spencer - Master Gaslighter.

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 25 November 2020)

they delayed it coz it was a current gen trailer, more like xbox 360 trailer jayzus 343 really didnt do well as standard bearer for the franchise,

some1 else has to step up

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DonFerrari (on 24 November 2020)
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Azzanation (on 24 November 2020)
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