Halo Infinite has pretty much dipped out of the public view after its delay in August that pushed the shooter out of the Xbox Series X/S’ launch. But that hasn’t stopped rumors and conjecture from circulating online in the months that followed. However, developer 343 Industries is promising that there will be a significant update on the state of the game and its future before the end of 2020.
Brian Jarrard, the community director behind the Halo series at 343, took to his Twitter account to both lament “unfounded” rumors surrounding Halo Infinite (likely referring to reports about the game getting a battle royale mode), as well as confirm the studio is in the process of putting together a year-end update to talk about what the game’s 2021 will look like as it gears up to launch on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
“Nothing gets a post-holiday Monday going like fresh unfounded Halo Infinite rumors”
“Btw yes I’m aware we could help solve this with real news. We certainly have some things we’re overdue on and eager to talk more about. We’re in the process of pulling together a year-end update.”
Just what we might learn before the end of the month is unclear at this point, but given that the game was supposed to have launched last month, 343 might have something fairly comprehensive to show in the coming weeks. Something like a roadmap to touch on things like a potential beta for the multiplayer mode, which 343 Industries has already confirmed will be free-to-play whenever Halo Infinite launches. While it seems less likely, a launch window for the game is also a possibility, given that all we know at the moment is that Infinite is coming sometime in 2021.
Since the delay, there’s been a handful of high level personnel changes over at 343 Industries, including the departure of studio head Chris Lee back in October as he moved to a different position within Microsoft.
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While Halo Infinite didn’t make it out the door for the Xbox Series X/S’ launch last month, Microsoft wasn’t able to delay all the promotional collaborations the company had going with partners like Monster Energy Drinks and Snapchat, and had to implement a sort of IOU system to redeeming in-game bonuses for those who took part in those promotions. Microsoft and 343 Industries did consider putting Halo Infinite’s campaign and multiplayer out separately, which would’ve hypothetically allowed at least a part of the game to be released alongside the new consoles in November, but those talks ultimately fell through after it was decided that wasn’t the note anyone involved wanted to kick off Halo’s next-gen story on.
Halo Infinite’s delay does mean that the latest game in the series will be launching in the same year as Showtime’s TV adaptation of the series, which recently had to recast Cortana due to COVID-19 complications. But fans of the series will be glad to know that Jen Taylor will be reprising her game role now.