Halo Infinite has long been expected by fans of the franchise, desperate for Master Chief to regain his place among the game’s top level after a couple of disappointing contributions on Xbox One.
But after an overwhelming gameplay debut and a delay following the launch of the Xbox Series X, Halo Infinite fans have worried about the direction of the iconic shooter series.
Infinite has been delayed until the fall / fall of 2021, which Microsoft says is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the reaction to the first demo. It was also reported by Thurrott that a large part of the development was outsourced to third parties who contributed to the development issues.
More recently, longtime franchise actor Joseph Staten announced that he had taken over the role of creative director at Halo Infinite after former director Chris Lee retired from the project following the reaction to Infinite’s first demo.
This would be just one year after the former creative director of the game, Tim Longo, was reappointed, leaving the campaign development of Halo Infinite in the hands of Mary Olsen, who would then leave 343 in October 2019.
The most relevant information for Halo fans was the news that the game would now be released in the fall of 2021, a full year after the first launch date. While no specific date was given, Bonnie Ross, founder and studio manager of 343, tweeted the caption: “So proud of the work this team has done and look forward to sharing more soon. Autumn 2021 … hmm, do not have any anniversaries? “
The 20th anniversary of Halo Combat Evolved takes place on November 15, 2021 – a likely release date for Halo Infinite.
The long-running blog post describes improvements that the team has implemented since the announcement of the delay, including a section where they directly refer to “Craig”, a lifeless enemy who is prominent in the demo that became the lightning rod for much of the online spot.
Neill Harrison, director of art management at 343, said of the internet’s favorite brute: not arrived in July. So while we have fallen in love with our dear old Craig, he is definitely undergoing a significant makeover. “
In a first series, Infinite’s multiplayer will be free to play. As announced on Twitter in July 2019, the game will also support a 120FPS mode on compatible screens using the Xbox Series X. ”
Also in the blog post, there were new details from the live team about how the ongoing support for the game will work.
While the team confirmed that the game would not have stolen goods, the controversial “coating” system would remain. While in previous Halo games armor customization consisted of RGB colors for players to choose from, coatings are more extensive in leather giving armor different textures and patterns compared to the original, flat colorful designs from the early games.
This has not gone well among fans, many of those who believe this is to limit creativity and player-driven adaptation.
Although there will be no exchange boxes, coatings will be available for purchase as well as being obtainable through games. The first has been available for some time via promotional boxes with Monster energy drinks adorned with Master Chief since the summer of 2020, an agreement that was in place before the delay of Infinite, leaving the boxes as promotional items for a game that you can get armor for, but not play in a year.
In a first series, Infinite’s multiplayer will be free to play. As announced on Twitter in July 2019, the game will also support a 120FPS mode on compatible screens using the Xbox Series X. The free-to-play multiplayer component was part of a leak that also mentioned 120FPS mode, but this leak further revealed that the game would have a match pass, which is not confirmed by Microsoft at this time.
This would make sense as a free level of multiplayer rewards that increase significantly if the player pays has proven to be extremely popular in games like Fortnite and Call Of Duty: Warzone. Especially considering Microsoft’s Game Pass, the cost of upgrading to the full experience will be as little as £ 10 per month.
A Battle Royale mode has also been heavily rumored in recent months, reportedly taking place on a Halo ring, but these rumors were quick to note that the directive to include a Battle Royale mode came from Microsoft and not 343.
Given the huge popularity of the mode in other games, it’s not surprising, but if it’s nothing 343 is passionate about and simply a directive from on high, it’s a concern that it will divert resources from what is already a turbulent development cycle.