Pushed right out of the launch window for the Series X.
Halo Infinite

There is some unfortunate news to share with you today. 343 Industries just announced that they are delaying the release of Halo Infinite out of 2020. In fact, it has been pushed back to an unspecified time in 2021 in an effort to "ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision."

This means that Halo Infinite will now no longer launch alongside the release of the Xbox Series X as was originally planned. Speaking of which, the Xbox Series X is still apparently coming this year. Microsoft actually confirmed that the new next-gen console will be released in November 2020.

Here is the full statement from Microsoft about the Halo Infinite delay.

Today I want to share an important Halo Infinite development update with the community. 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.

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. 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.

We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment. The passion and support the community has shown over the years has been incredible and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday. The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Chris Lee
Studio Head, Halo Infinite
Whenever it decides to launch, we do know that Halo Infinite's multiplayer component will be free to everyone. This will be regardless of your current Xbox Live Gold status and whether or not you are subscribed. The multiplayer will also support up to 120fps on Xbox Series X.

Microsoft also confirmed that they will have "more than 50 new games planned for this year across generations and optimized for Xbox Series X."