Microsoft’s new Halo arrives just-in-time for Christmas.
Halo Infinite will be the next instalment in Microsoft’s long-running series. It will be launched on December 8. The Microsoft Store posted the date today. A source who is familiar with Microsoft’s plans confirms that it will launch on December 8. Later in the day, Microsoft officially confirmed the date during the opening of Gamescom and showed off a new cinematic trailer you can see above.
Microsoft originally intended to launch Halo Infinite with the Xbox Series X / S in November 2020. However, due to challenges in game development during a pandemic, the game was delayed to fall 2021.
Halo Infinite’s development has been bumpy, and Microsoft even assigned Bungie veteran Joseph Staten to head up the game’s development nearly a year ago. Although we haven’t seen much campaign gameplay since last year’s Craig meme, the first multiplayer technical preview felt and looked exactly like the Halo that fans will enjoy.
The official launch date was set just days after 343 Industries announced that Halo Infinite wouldn’t launch with campaign cooperative and Forge. Three months after launch, cooperative play with friends will be available in season two of Halo Infinite. Season three of Halo Infinite will see the Forge mode, allowing Halo players to customize and share maps. It is expected to arrive around six months after launch.
Halo’s campaign mode and co-op are very popular in the franchise. Fans were disappointed by the news. Fans will still get to experience the new Halo Infinite in just four months, as the multiplayer mode and main Halo Infinite campaign launch on December 8.
Microsoft today announced that it would ship a new Halo Infinite-themed Xbox Series X console and a companion Xbox Elite controller featuring Halo Infinite design alongside the game.