Halo Infinite has a new release window: Fall 2021. The game’s creative director, Joseph Staten, announced on Tuesday, US local time, that the next Halo game would be released well into next year. Halo Infinite was originally slated to debut along with the launch of Microsoft’s next generation consoles, the Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, in November (Fall 2020). This means we’re essentially expecting a one-year delay for the next main Halo first-person title, the sixth in the long-running franchise.
This is the first piece of news we’ve received from Halo Infinite since Microsoft’s own developer 343 Industries announced in August that the game will not be an S / X launch title for the Xbox series and has been postponed to 2021. Chris Lee, studio manager of 343 Industries, cited COVID-19 as one of the factors that “added to development challenges” and a propensity to avoid “crunch” – overtime, including nights and weekends that lead to a deadline – as another reason.
The years of delay suggest that there is more to it. The delay is a good thing, however, as 343 Industries has plenty of time to bring Halo Infinite up to the desired level and deliver the criticisms that were voiced against the gameplay trailer back in July. One of the expressionless non-player characters (NPC) became the face of Halo Infinite memes (and was called “Craig”) about the visual fidelity of the game – or rather, the lack of it.
In the new announcementBrian Jarrard, Community Director of 343 Industries noted that Craig wasn’t his “best me” in the July trailer, and Art Management Director Neill Harrison added that it was because the NPC facial animation wasn’t “fully in.” This build was implemented “and so on. Characters are” modeled in a neutral pose “, resulting in Craig’s” incredibly expressionless / lifeless appearance “. When Halo Infinite arrives next year, Craig and other NPCs will look very different, 343i claimed.
Alongside this, 343 Industries also revealed the first look at the Halo Infinite multiplayer maps (work in progress), which you can see below. While the game is paid for (and is part of Xbox Game Pass), the multiplayer parts of Halo Infinite are free to play.
Halo Infinite will be available on Xbox Series S / X, Xbox One, and Windows 10 PCs in Fall 2021.
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