Halo Infinite will be released holiday 2021, Microsoft confirms

A new trailer for Halo Infinite showcased its gameplay during Microsoft’s E3 2021 keynote on Sunday. The tentpole sci-fi shooter, delayed last year, will launch this holiday season alongside its multiplayer, Microsoft said.

Microsoft said Halo Infinite will be Master Chief’s biggest challenge yet. And it sure looks like it! In the video, we see Master Chief flying through destroyed ships in space. He meets a different AI — not Cortana — who’s taking on a similar role. Multiplayer, too, was showcased, pairing frenetic gameplay with new toys, like the grappling hook.

Developer 343 Industries delayed Halo Infinite on Aug. 11, 2021, about three months before its original November launch window. No new release date has been given since then, with studio head Chris Lee noting that the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors contributed to the delay.

About this time last year, 343 Industries also showed new Halo Infinite gameplay during Microsoft’s Xbox Games Showcase; it didn’t exactly go well.

Fan response was mixed, with a lot of criticism aimed toward Halo Infinite’s graphics, and whether they were “next-gen” enough. An enemy shown in that demonstration, named “Craig” by the community, represented much of the criticism toward the game: that it looked more like a classic Halo game than one on the Xbox Series X.

“We have some polishing and tuning that the team is working on to really bring the full potential of the experience to our fans later this year,” Lee said at the time.

Halo Infinite was first announced at E3 2018.

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