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In an announcement that probably most Xbox fans were thinking of but not hoping for, Halo Infinite has now been officially delayed to 2021, citing COVID related reasons that have affected not just 343, but the entire gaming industry and the world as a whole.

Coming from an announcement by 343 Industries Studio Head Chris Lee, it was a tough decision but ultimately done to finish up some more critical work.

Judging from the announcement, it’s a good sign that 343 have listened to player feedback and are looking for ways to further improve the product that will result in an “experience that meets our vision”.

Halo Infinite was supposed to be the flagship title that would accompany the Series X launch in November but with that no longer available, Microsoft will have to rely on its solid backwards compatible lineup and outstanding service in game pass to tow them into the next generation.

In the mean time, you can check out Halo Infinite campaign gameplay that was revealed a few weeks back to satisfy your hunger for more Master Chief.

After what some consider to be a divisive campaign gameplay reveal, developers 343 Industries dish out a massive win for Halo and Xbox fans as they announce that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and to take advantage of the massive power of the Series X, support 120FPS.

The official announcement reads that “Halo is for everyone” and assured fans that more details will be announced at a later date.

While the Halo Infinite multiplayer has not been revealed yet, it is an integral part of a Halo experience and knowing that it will take full advantage of the capabilities of the Series X will put fans of the game at ease.

There is a lot riding on the return of Master Chief, especially as it anchors the launch of the Series X later this year. While it will not be a Series X exclusive, playing on the next gen console will give you the definitive Halo experience that fans have been longing for.

During the Xbox games showcase, Microsoft officially showed off its campaign gameplay video for Halo Infinite, which is set to release later this year for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. More importantly, it’ll be available for game pass subscribers on day one!

Check out this teaser trailer first before we jump into the action:

Here is some information about the game coming from Xbox Wire:

Halo Infinite is the most ambitious Halo game ever made, with an environment several times larger than the last two Halo games combined. Players can explore an expansive landscape filled with sprawling natural wonder, mystery, and a story that welcomes those new to the franchise as well as continues the Master Chief’s saga for our most dedicated fans.

With Xbox Series X and the Slipspace Engine, built to power the future of HaloHalo Infinite is poised to usher in the next generation of gaming. Taking full advantage of the power of the console to deliver unprecedented visual fidelity and silky smooth campaign gameplay at a locked 60 frames per second at up to 4K resolution, the Slipspace Engine will also scale to existing platforms to provide a fantastic experience for players on the Xbox One family of devices as well as Windows 10 and Steam. Halo Infinite will also be available at launch on Xbox Game Pass for PC and console. Combined with Smart Delivery, you can rest assured you will get the best version of the game for your platform of choice.

Without further ado, check out the campaign gameplay premiere of Halo Infinite:

Wasn’t that a bit… underwhelming? The graphics look good and frames look smooth but overall, the reveal lacked oomph amidst all the build up. Master Chief has a grappling hook which he has use in and out of combat, the game now sports an open world of sorts, and much more improvements like upgrades to usher in a new generation of Halo after being quiet for so long but it still looks like a work in progress and will need much more to hype everyone up. No multiplayer was shown, so that could be something worth watching out for since Halo is well known for its fantastic multiplayer gameplay.

What did you think about the reveal? Did it live up to the hype?

Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed the Halo Infinite Box Art as it gears up for its first gameplay reveal tomorrow at the Xbox Games Showcase.

It does kiiiiiinda look like the cover art from the first game back on the OG Xbox, in a very good way, and Master Chief is raring to bring Microsoft back into the fight.

We’ll see more of Halo Infinite tomorrow during the Xbox Games Showcase, where it will presumably be the big star of the show.