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Halo: Infinite, the much-awaited next-gen installment in the Halo franchise and a launch title for the Xbox Series X, has been delayed to 2021. The game is being delayed so that 343 Industries can have more time to refine the final product.

Chris Lee, 343 studio head, posted the following message on Twitter

Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community. 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.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

While this might be a good thing for the game (as evident by the gameplay reveal reception), the Xbox Series X is now short of a title to launch this November.

Still hungry for Halo news? Did you know that the multiplayer of Halo: Infinite is going to be free-to-play? Stick around with Gameffine for more news about the Xbox Series X, Microsoft and the Game Pass!

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