Halo Infinite has been in development hell for a while, and it doesn’t look like things are changing any time soon. Either COVID-19 has delayed Halo Infinite’s release or 343 Industries had an easy excuse to buy themselves more time. It didn’t help that the gameplay reveal on July 23, 2020, showed underwhelming graphics.
However, newer news sounds like Halo Infinite will get stuck in development hell a little longer. Since the backlash surrounding graphics, everything was thrown into disarray. 343 Industries decided to delay Halo Infinite again. Now, it seems 343 Industries can’t even decide which engine it wants to run Halo Infinite on. First, it was running on the Unreal Engine, then there was word they were working on a proprietary Slipsace Engine. This isn’t good news for gamers who were hoping to control their favorite space Spartan during the holiday season of 2020. Unfortunately, it looks like gamers are getting even worse news in an already disappointing developmental run for 343 Industries: the current Xbox generation may not see the game at all.
Rumors are swirling that 343 Industries is struggling to optimize performance for the Xbox One console. If this is true, then this would go against Microsoft’s claims of having all first-party Xbox titles releasing cross-generation for the next couple of years. It seems Halo Infinite is having loading issues with the older Xbox One console. What’s worse is, it seems this might delay Halo Infinite even longer beyond 2021. If 343 Industries is going to drop support for the current-generation Xbox console, then there’s no way we’re going to see Halo Infinite until at least 2022. The developers know gamers wouldn’t be satisfied if the current generation Xbox runs Halo Infinite at anything lower than 900 fps. It would take another year or two to fix these issues.
This is not good news for those who believed they didn’t have to drop dough on the next-generation Xbox to play the next installment in the Halo series. However, some fans are calling for the Xbox One version to be scrapped entirely. It might be bad for business for the Halo Infinite to only be an Xbox Series X exclusive. One on hand, it might be an incentive to drive sales for the Xbox Series X if it was exclusively for the next-generation. On the other hand, there could be sales lost from those who already own the Xbox One, but cannot afford the Xbox Series X.
Hopefully, 343 Industries can get themselves together, or they’ll be the next Nuke Dukem catastrophe.