Halo Infinite delayed to 2021

We all know at this point the year 2020 is unprecedented for industries across the world, and the gaming industry is no different. This year has seen numerous big game releases delayed thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and it appears that Halo Infinite is the latest game to be affected.

Developer 343 Studios’ Chris Lee announced Halo Infinite, originally scheduled to launch this holiday season, has been delayed to 2021. Lee released a statement on the official Halo Twitter account citing the challenges in game development during a pandemic and how the team needs more time to accomplish their vision for the game.

“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,” Lee said. “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.”

Halo Infinite is considered one of the flagship titles and system seller for Microsoft’s new console, Xbox Series X, due to launch this holiday season. Check out Lee’s full statement below: