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Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021, No Longer a Next-Gen Launch Title

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Halo Infinite has been delayed to 2021. 343 Industries announced the push back on Twitter with a lengthy statement explaining why gamers will have to wait longer than expected to get their hands on Microsoft’s flagship title. Along with saying the coronavirus pandemic is at least partially to blame for the delay, 343 cites a desire to put the well-being of its team and Halo Infinite’s quality before hitting a release date:

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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.

Halo Infinite’s showing at the July Inside Xbox Xbox Series X showcase was met with some mixed reactions. The studio did not clarify what specifically will be fleshed out with the extra time, only that it wants to deliver “the Halo experience that meets our vision.” It was also recently announced that the game’s multiplayer element would be free to play, a major development for the series.

Halo Infinite launches sometime in 2021 for PC, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One.

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