Xbox Series X Gets November Release Date, 'Halo Infinite' Delayed to 2021

Microsoft just announced that its next-generation console, the Xbox Series X will be released in November. However, the highly anticipated Halo Infinite will be delayed until 2021.

On the official Halo blog, Chris Lee the head of 343 Industries, explained why Halo Infinite will be missing its previously announced release date, which was supposed to be available on the Xbox Series X's launch day.

"The decision to shift our release is the result of multiple factors that have contributed to development challenges, including the ongoing COVID-related impacts affecting us all this year," Lee wrote in the post. "I want to acknowledge the hard work from our team at 343 Industries, who have remained committed to making a great game and finding solutions to development challenges. However, it is not sustainable for the well-being of our team or the overall success of the game to ship it this holiday."

Lee said in his post that he knows fans will be disappointed, but the extra development time will let the studio finish the work necessary to "deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect."

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This delay news comes off the heels of many fans voicing their displeasure of the Halo Infinite gameplay, specifically the visuals, they saw during the Xbox Showcase in late July.

343 Industries took to its blog to address these criticisms saying, "we want to acknowledge that yes, we've heard the feedback coming from parts of the community regarding the visuals in the Halo Infinite campaign demo." They say that they wanted to go back to the aesthetics of the original three Halo games with a more "classic" art style. The studio believes this is the reason why fans are critical of the visuals as it is different from what they saw in more recent games.

It seems that 343 Industries are taking the community feedback into consideration as they will take this extra development time to polish up the game before launch.

As for the Xbox Series X, the official Microsoft blog revealed that the next-gen console will be released in November. While a specific date wasn't announced, this narrows down when Xbox fans can expect the console to become available in stores and online.

And while Halo Infinite won't be ready at launch, the Xbox Series X will have plenty of new titles and optimized games from the Xbox One for gamers to enjoy this holiday season.

Here's a list of games fans can expect when the Xbox Series X launches in November and for the 2020 holiday season:

  • More than 50 new games planned for this year across generations and optimized for Xbox Series X, including Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Dirt 5, Gears Tactics, Yakuza: Like a Dragon and Watch Dogs: Legion. With Smart Delivery you only have to buy these games once to play the best versions for your console, across generations.
  • New games developed for Xbox Series X and launching with Xbox Game Pass, including exclusives like The Medium, Scorn, Tetris Effect: Connected and more.
  • More than 40 popular games newly optimized to take full advantage of Xbox Series X such as Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, Madden NFL 21 and more.

What do you think of the Halo Infinite delay? What date do you think the Xbox Series X will release? Let us know in the comments section.