The Halo Infinite Developers are determined not to make the same mistakes as other studios when Halo releases this year.
Like other notable triple-A titles, Halo Infinite has faced multiple delays since it was announced. The game was pushed back to late 2021 after initially being advertised as an Xbox Series X/S launch title.
A new release date is yet to materialize, but it’s entirely likely that Halo Infinite will face further delays. In fact, the developers themselves would rather this be the case then to release an unfinished product.
Sources indicate that 343 Studios has been watching the industry closely and have no desire to release the game until it’s ready. And ready on every console.
Halo Infinite will release on the Xbox Series X/S, but it will also release for the Xbox One. 343 Studios are keen to ensure that Halo Infinite is fully optimized for every Xbox, not just the most recent tech.
After all, the vast majority of Halo Infinite players will be using an Xbox One console. The game needs to work well on both – as a cross generational title.
What Did the Halo Infinite Devs Have To Day?
Daniele Giannetti, one of the leading developers said, “Here’s something that excites me as an engineering architect. For Halo Infinite, we rebuilt the engine multi-threading solution to ensure high execution efficiency across all platforms and PCs, instead of running optimally just on Xbox One.”
"We used this new system to transition the renderer to a massively parallel multi-threaded framework to support the increased cost of all our new rendering features and achieve high graphics efficiency on PC CPUs of various size as well as Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One X/S hardware.”
He went on to say, “In practice, this means that we are doing our very best to make sure Halo Infinite runs optimally on any device you may choose to play on!"
The Influence of Cyberpunk 2077 On the Industry
Of course, the elephant in the room here is Cyberpunk 2077, another game that faced multiple delays before release. When it did arrive, the game was still clearly unfinished.
This was most noticeable in the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Fans were frustrated that current-gen consoles could barely run the game. And this drama went on for weeks.
The saga of Cyberpunk 2077 is still going on, even months later. So much so that it’s become a cautionary tale for other studios.
Game developers have now learned that it’s preferable to delay a game as much as necessary instead of releasing an unfinished product. Fans have also learned a valuable lesson, not to harass and pester game developers.
Good things come to those who wait, and games often face unforeseen challenges, which lead to inevitable delays. This has always been the case.
We’re pleased to see that the Halo Infinite developers are learning from others' mistakes and being realistic. It means by the time the game does release; it should be ready for every Xbox console.
Don’t forget, a recent leak showed off Halo Infinite’s Battle Royal details. Even more reason to be excited!
But Halo Infinite isn't the only exciting Xbox Series X/S game coming in 2021. There's lots to look forward to for Microsoft fans, and much of it is coming to Xbox Game Pass.
In fact, Xbox Game Pass may soon get another significant expansion, as Microsoft reaches out to more publishers.