Delayed Halo Infinite set for December 2021 release

Delayed Halo Infinite set for December 2021 release

The long-awaited next entry in Microsoft's Halo franchise has been pencilled in for a December 2021 release date.

At the Gamescom Opening Night Live showcase, the Xbox firm has confirmed that Halo Infinite will be hitting shelves on December 8th of this year, following a delay from the end of 2020. Not only will the title be available for sale physically and digitally, it will also be included within Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service.

Halo Infinite was revealed back at E3 2018 and was originally set to launch alongside Microsoft's new Xbox Series X and S consoles at the end of 2020. In the summer of last year, developer 343 Industries showed off the project but the quality on display failed to impress fans. As a result, the game was delayed until autumn 2021.

Bungie vet Joseph Staten was brought on board to head up the game's campaign in August of last year, while Halo Infinite's director Chris Lee departed months later in October.

The game is also set to support multiplayer cross-play and cross-progression between the Xbox and PC versions. 343 Industries has said that the PC edition of Halo Infinite will be treated as a "full first-class citizen," likely a reference to other games where console is the focus and PC the afterthought.

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