After a year-long delay, Halo Infinite reportedly has a final release date: December 8.
The date was first spotted on the Microsoft Store, then subsequently confirmed by sources at The Verge. The date is suspected to be announced properly later today at Gamescom’s Opening Night Live event, which is kind of surprising they’d wait the extra day given Xbox had its own showcase yesterday. However, given that the ONL presentation is billed as the “main event,” that’s probably where more eyes will be anyway.
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This comes off the heels of confirmation from developer 343 Industries that Halo Infinite is launching without cooperative play for the campaign or its Forge creation suite. Both will be coming in future seasonal updates, which the studio says will be roughly three months apart. Co-op will be part of season two, and Forge will be added as part of season three.
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Halo Infinite was originally meant to launch alongside the Xbox Series X/S last November, but was delayed and pushed over a calendar year beyond that. At some point before the decision was made, Microsoft and 343 had conversations about launching the game’s multiplayer separately as to have something Halo on the Xbox Series X/S at launch. But everyone involved eventually decided to delay instead.
Back in June, 343 hosted a stream regarding Halo Infinite’s multiplayer.