Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021

“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.”

343 did not say when exactly the game will release in 2021. In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft did some damage control, promoting all of the other games players will be able to enjoy on the Xbox Series X in November. Here’s a breakdown of all the stuff that isn’t Halo Infinite that you can play on launch day:

Xbox Game Pass subscribers will also be able to enjoy the usual offerings, including xCloud support, at launch. The company also stressed that thousands of games across Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the original Xbox will be playable on the Xbox Series X.

But will all of these perks be enough to distract people from the fact that the Xbox Series X will release without a single new first-party launch title?

We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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