In a tweet today Microsoft announced that the much-anticipated new entry in the Halo series, Halo Infinite, has been delayed until sometime in 2021.
Head of 343 Industries has stated that the reason for the delay is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the development of the game. Stating that it was not sustainable to the health of the development team to release in 2020.
This delay means that the Xbox Series X will be launching without it’s flagship title. Meaning Microsoft will have to lean more heavily on other offerings to support the Series X launch. The Smart Delivery system allows certain titles purchased on the Xbox One to have their Xbox Series X ports downloaded for free. This in conjunction with Microsoft’s Game Pass will make for a decent library of games available on launch for the Series X, which without Halo Infinite, will have to rely mostly on multi-platform titles, and smaller titles.
The Xbox Series X launches in November, at this time no price has be given.