There’s been a lot of rumors, “leaks” and general internet chatter about the Halo Infinite release since its recent delay. 343 Industries and Microsoft announced the delay shortly after the main gameplay reveal back in July. Infinite was pushed to a wide “2021” release window after it was initially scheduled for this fall. Since then, there have been rumors about it possibly being delayed even further to 2022, alongside debate about whether the Xbox One version should be ditched. Now, 343 Industries has addressed some of the chatter.
In a reply to Halo pro Snipedown on Twitter, 343 Community Manager John Junyszek addressed some of the rumors. Junyszek said that the team developing Halo Infinite has seen a lot of fake leaks, and that there are currently no plans to alter the release window. He also noted that rumors about platform alterations are false, saying that the team is ”building Halo Infinite to be the best it can be on each device/platform.” Junyszek reiterated that fans shouldn’t believe everything they read, which is a sentiment we can get behind.
Hey Eric – we're seeing lots of fake "leaks" out there, so please don't believe everything you read. There are no plans to change our 2021 release or the devices and platforms we'll be supporting. We're building Halo Infinite to be the best it can be on each device/platform 👊
— John Junyszek (@Unyshek) August 25, 2020
343 Industries not dropping the Xbox One makes a lot of sense. Going off that gameplay reveal, you can tell Halo Infinite was built as an Xbox One game first and foremost. It seemed to be missing a lot of “next-gen” features, like ray tracing, which was initially set to be added after launch. Hopefully the 2021 release will make the PC and Series X versions feel more cutting edge for the time.
Time to split
Around the delay announcement, there was also discussion of whether the game would be split up. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer addressed this on Gary Whitta’s Animal Talking digital chat show. Spencer said that the team considered splitting the game’s campaign and multiplayer into separate parts to get some of it out the door on time. However, it wouldn’t have been the release 343 Industries wanted for its flagship Halo game. Halo Infinite is still set for 2021 on Xbox and PC.