Halo Infinite Is Now Releasing Sometime in Fall 2021
Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has announced that the game will now release on Xbox Series X|S sometime in Fall 2021.
In a blog post from Halo Waypoint, Halo Infinite will now release on Xbox Series X|S sometime in Fall 2021. In addition to this announcement, we’ve also received new screenshots among other updates.
Halo Infinite was supposed to be an Xbox Series X|S launch title but got delayed back in August. After receiving new gameplay back in July, fans were worried about the game’s visuals and how it looked. Towards the end of the blog post, creative director Joesph Staten says he finished the game’s campaign twice during his first week and they’ll be focusing on fixing bugs and polishing.
“The primary goal for the Campaign demo in July was showing Halo Infinite gameplay for the first time. While that aspect generally landed as we wanted, the reality is that the art and visuals weren’t at the bar we hold for Halo – even in a work-in-progress state,” says Neill Harrison, director of art management at 343. “Much of the feedback we heard from the community aligned with our own views and work we were already committed to doing around things like indirect lighting, material response, foliage and tree rendering, clouds, level-of-detail transitions, and character fidelity. Still, the feedback was humbling, and it also pushed us to look at additional opportunities for improvement.”
Another thing touched on in the blog post is its multiplayer, which will be free-to-play. Chris Blohm, lead progression designer on the game says with it being free-to-play, there will be premium customization options for players. These can be earned in several ways such as through the campaign, completing challenges, or participating in special events. Additionally, the multiplayer maps will be more expansive, run at 60 FPS, and will feature time of day changes. 343’s Ani Shastry points out that these among others were technically challenging and required a lot of time spent to optimize their game engine and tools.
Halo Infinite has been on a rocky road the past year. Besides the delay, the game’s former director left the project back in October. 343 Industries says they’ll be more communicative about the game going forward. Additionally, Xbox’s Phil Spencer has said he’s glad the game will come out when more Xbox Series X|S’ will be available to purchase.
Halo Infinite launches on Xbox Series X|S sometime in Fall 2021. Stay tuned to DualShockers for more Halo Infinite and Xbox Series X|S news.