Microsoft held a 90-minute presentation today as part of Gamescom, introducing new details on everything from Psychonauts 2 come Age of Empires IV. But one notable game did not appear: Halo Infinite. Despite the fact that the shooter is positioned as a major holiday game for Xbox, not a single minute of the show is dedicated to it. That has Halo fans worried about the state of the game after a tumultuous year.
Going into the stream, fans expect to see Halo Infinite appear in several forms. One popular theory is that Microsoft would eventually drop a release date for the game, which is still vague about a 2021 holiday deadline. That didn’t happen, leaving Halo players unsure if the game would ever come out. eyes this year or not. Fans immediately took to Twitter after the show to voice their confusion.
“Guys, I’m getting more and more worried because Halo Infinite,” Halo streamer Jaay Frosty tweeted. “There is no release date yet. I don’t understand the marketing plan right now for 343 and Microsoft, but it doesn’t seem like they’re intentionally building hype.”
All that I worry more #HaloInfinite No release date yet. I don’t understand the marketing plan right now for 343 and Microsoft but it looks like they purposely didn’t create hype
& mdash; Jaay Frosty (@JaayFrosty) August 24, 2021
Another Twitter user, @DaTrathofMikeP, indicating that the 2021 holiday isn’t too far off at this point, which is a cause for concern. “Not going to lie, the lack of a release date for Halo Infinite is worrisome, especially when you consider that September is next week.”
It’s not just paranoia; fans have every right to be skeptical of the match at this point. Originally slated to launch alongside the Xbox Series X/S in 2020, the game was delayed indefinitely at the last second, leaving a huge gap in the console’s opening day lineup. Since then, we’ve gotten a steady stream of details in the form of trailers, blog posts, and even a multiplayer beta. With a shared count, the odds of Halo Infinite landing this year looks positive from E3.
And yet, this week has brought a lot of unfortunate news for fans. The game will no longer launch with campaign co-op or Forge mode. Both are now scheduled as post-launch content, raising concerns that Microsoft might rush the game’s release in time for the holiday season. The lack of breaking news at Gamescom could help offset that blow giving players more reason to be skeptical.
Looking at the overall Gamescom stream, it is clear that Halo Infinite not Microsoft’s big holiday game anyway: Forza Horizon 5 To be. The hosts spent the live stream talking about the racing game, which featured a big closing sequence complete with eight minutes of new footage. Set for release on November 5, Microsoft will take a long time to position this game as the Xbox’s trump card. It’s a continuation of a trend we saw at E3 this year, when Halo Infinite there is a small segment in the middle of the show while Forza get noticed at the golden hour at the end. It’s starting to feel like Microsoft is trying to turn players’ attention to something they’re confident will be available in stores (and on Game Pass) before Christmas.
Even so, Microsoft still sticks to the holiday 2021 launch window for Halo Infinite, but that feels more impractical with each passing day. Release dates for this major video game tend to fall by several months. Bethesda’s Starfield take the 11/11 2022 release date at E3 for example. Should we believe that the biggest video game of the holiday season will have a release date of just a month or two before it drops? And more importantly, should we be excited about it after last year Cyberpunk 2077 debacle, where the rush to release the game in December led to controversy for the developer CD Projekt Red?
Infinite halo It’s not the only game experiencing this last-minute release issue this year. Sony maintains it Forbidden Horizon in the West is still scheduled for a holiday 2021 release, despite the fact that entire streams dedicated to the game have passed without an official date. The reports note that a the delay to 2022 is imminent because the Forbidden Horizon in the West, it seems possible at this rate. Halo fans should be prepared for the same.