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Halo Infinite delayed into next year, Xbox Series X launch not affected

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343 would rather wait than crunch

The Xbox Series X was going to be the first Xbox console in four generations to launch alongside a new Halo game. That's substantial because Halo is Xbox's flagship franchise. Hand-in-hand, they can do a lot to help each other.

That's no longer the case. Developer 343 Industries has made the decision to delay Halo Infinite into 2021. No new release window was given apart from it coming next year.

In its message, 343 attributed the delay to COVID-19 workflow issues as the whole studio is working remotely. 343 head Chris Lee goes so far as to say the developer is actively avoiding crunch, stating "It is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship [Halo Infinite] this holiday."

This doesn't affect the timing of Xbox Series X's release. In a post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft commits itself to a November launch (which may be the first time "November" has been explicitly stated, although it was always presumed). It does, however, affect the strength of Xbox Series X's launch lineup. Halo Infinite was going to be the crown jewel, but now early adopters will have to wait for Master Chief's latest. Still, Microsoft mentions that there are more than 50 new games releasing this holiday that take advantage of Xbox Series X's features.

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