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Halo Infinite release date delayed, won’t launch with Xbox Series X

Published: 11/Aug/2020 20:23 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 22:36

by Albert Petrosyan

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343 Industries have announced that their prized upcoming title, Halo Infinite, won’t be releasing on schedule as planned and instead will debut in 2021.

343 revealed the news on August 11, citing the current global health issues as one of the main reasons why the sixth main entry of the Halo series has been delayed into 2021.

“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 year,” they wrote.

As of now, no official release date has been announced, so it’s unclear how long into the new year fans will have to wait before getting their hands on Infinite.

343 IndustriesHalo Infinite’s release date has been delayed.

Incidentally, this news came on the same day that Microsoft announced the November release of the Xbox Series X; previously, they had only mentioned that the next-gen console would be arriving “holiday 2020,” but now we have a specific month.

Unfortunately, it’ll be launching without Microsoft’s flagship exclusive title, which a lot of fans were probably looking forward to when Halo Infinite was initially announced to be releasing around the same time.

Just as with Infinite, however, we still don’t have an exact release date for the Xbox Series X will be making its highly-anticipated debut, so expect that announcement to come in the near future.

MicrosoftMicrosoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X is coming in November 2020.

There is a lot to look forward to for when Halo Infinite does finally hit shelves, such as the fact that 343 recently confirmed that the game’s multiplayer would be free-to-play as well as have 120 FPS support on the Series X.

The campaign, which a lot of die-hard fans will undoubtedly be excited for, will be behind a paywall, although exactly what the game will cost at launch remains to be seen.

There is, of course, also the matter of a potential battle royale. While 343 have adamantly denied it, there’s been growing speculation that Infinite will include a BR mode, flames which were further stoked by the Japanese Xbox site referred to the game as a “battle royale shooter.”

There’s no denying that the BR genre has been a force in the gaming industry for a while now, and seeing how big of a success Call of Duty’s Warzone has been despite being launched out of the blue, 343 could be having visions of similar grandeur.

That said, we won’t know for sure until the game comes out, which won’t be until 2020. For now, it’s just wait-and-see-mode when it comes to what more Halo will bring to the table than what’s already been announced.

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Iconic Halo theme composer casts doubts on Master Chief in Smash Ultimate

Published: 8/Jan/2021 17:38

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate fans hoping to see Xbox mascot Master Chief added to Nintendo’s flagship fighter at some point may be in for some disappointment thanks to comments made by the composer of the Halo theme.

Many Smash Ultimate players felt like it was becoming increasingly likely that the FPS superstar would come to the game after Microsoft and Nintendo worked together to get Banjo and Steve from Minecraft added as DLC fighters.

Now, sadly, that opportunity may have come and gone if remarks by the Halo theme’s composer, Martin O’Donnell, are to be believed.

In an episode of the Kiwi Talkz podcast, O’Donnell was asked about if he was approached by Nintendo or Microsoft to remix the Halo theme for Smash, assuming Master Chief was added.

Microsoft Master Chief
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Master Chief could be the biggest Smash reveal ever.

“I’d love to be asked,” he replied, but not before taking a brief pause.

After some back and forth with the hosts about how Microsoft and Nintendo have worked together and the possibility of Chief coming, O’Donnell further explained his answer.

“It would be great. I haven’t been asked by Microsoft to do anything in the last decade or so,” he added. “So, I’d be surprised. Because Microsoft, of course, still owns the IP and they, for some reason, have not asked me to do anything.”

While the composer is doubtful that Microsoft would ask him, he is completely open to the idea. “If Nintendo asked me, that would be great! I would love to do that.”

Of course, this comment doesn’t completely rule out the chance that Master Chief could “finish the fight” and round out Fighters Pass Volume 2, but with a different composer remixing the theme.

The Fighters Pass Volume 2 DLC has already been decided, so you would think that if O’Donnell was going to be asked to compose a remix, Nintendo or Microsoft would have already done so.

Fighters Pass Volume 2 spots
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Could one of the remaining Fighters Pass Vol 2 spots go to Master Chief?

This isn’t the first time the Halo star’s chances for a roster spot have taken a hit. As Dexerto reported back in October, Microsoft responded to a fan question about when Master Chief would be added to Smash.

Xbox France simply replied: “He’s still waiting for his invitation,” suggesting they hadn’t been asked but are open to the idea if asked by Nintendo.

In any case, chalk O’Donnell’s comments as something to consider when evaluating the SPARTAN’s chances at coming to Smash Ultimate as DLC in the future.