343 Industries announced Tuesday that Halo Infinite has been delayed until 2021 due to multiple factors, including the current COVID-19 pandemic, which has slowed the game's development.
"Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community," the developers wrote on the game's official social media accounts. "We have made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision."
Last month, the Xbox Games Showcase revealed gameplay footage from the highly anticipated game, and 343 Industries also announced the game's multiplayer mode would be free-to-play on the Xbox Series X.
Halo Infinite is the sixth main installment of the Halo franchise. The first entry in the series, Halo: Combat Evolved, released in 2001. Halo is one of Microsoft's marquee video game franchises, with over 70 million copies of the series sold worldwide. Halo Infinite was slated to release later this year in tandem with the company's newest console, the Xbox Series X, which is scheduled to release in November.
This isn't the first time this year a major title has shifted release dates, as Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II was delayed indefinitely before finally releasing in June and CD Projekt Red's highly anticipated futuristic role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 had its launch moved back twice, first from a mid-April release to September before having it pushed back once more to its current release date of Nov. 19.
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