Halo Infinite delayed into 2021, will not be an Xbox Series X launch title

By Sean Carey,
Developer 343 Industries has announced that Halo Infinite has been delayed into 2021 and will not launch alongside the Xbox Series X this November. The developer has cited the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the main reasons for the delay.

A statement posted over on Twitter from 343 Industries studio head Chris Lee reads, "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.

"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."

Halo Infinite recently came under heavy criticism from fans after gameplay footage was shown for the first time during July's latest Xbox Games Showcase. The delay means Halo Infinite will not be an Xbox Series X launch title when the console releases later this year.

Halo Infinite will now launch in 2021.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with the latest gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5, or failing miserably in Call of Duty: Warzone.