Last month, Microsoft’s new Xbox Series X|S consoles launched without what should have been their flagship exclusive game, the much-anticipated Halo Infinite. Following a poor reception at the Xbox Games Showcase in July, 343 Industries’ new Halo game has now been delayed to 2021, and we haven’t heard any updates from the team since August.
While it has been previously reported that 343 Industries had hired two Halo veterans and a third-party studio to work on Halo Infinite, Halo fans would really like to hear more about what’s happening within 343 Industries. Brian Jarrard, the studio’s Community Director has acknowledged this growing fan frustration in a series of tweets and said that the team was currently working on an upcoming year-end update.
“The Infinite road hasn’t been easy. This year in particular has been incredibly challenging (…) We want to turn the corner as 2020 comes to an end and leave the challenges of this year behind us and look ahead to 2021. We are committed to bringing you along on this journey, we just ask for bit of patience and understanding,” Jarrard wrote on Twitter.
In a recent interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer admitted that this Halo Infinite delay was “a miss on our part,” though the exec added that “we’re going to get a better Halo game at a good time when people can actually get a console.” With Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios division also about to grow even bigger with the upcoming acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Spencer is also confident that Microsoft will soon have a solid selection of new Xbox exclusive games. “I feel good, really good, the best I’ve ever felt about our roadmap,” Spencer said.