Halo Infinite will launch on Dec. 8, 2021 as announced by Microsoft. The long-awaited shooter includes both multiplayer and single player modes, but no cooperative campaign nor Forge creative mode will come at launch.
The release date had already been leaked earlier in the day and was confirmed during the Gamescom Opening Night Live event. A new cinematic trailer also debuted alongside a Halo Xbox Series X and controller.
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The new shiny trailer was an introduction to Halo Infinite’s first free-to-play season, according to 343 Studios’ Head of Creative Joseph Staten.
“That was Commander Agryna,” Staten told Geoff Keighley on stage, referring to the character in the trailer. “She’s the leader of a whole new generation of Spartans and she’s a key character as you start your own Spartan journey that will continue from season to season.”
Halo Infinite was initially intended to be released alongside the Xbox Series X/S, but ultimately got delayed. Staten told Keighley that they are “putting the finishing touches on our most wide open and adventure-filled campaign” and that it is releasing alongside multiplayer this December.
However, a cooperative campaign and multiplayer map editor are not coming on Dec. 8. They will be added later, 343 Industries said on Friday, Aug. 20.
“We made the determination that they’re just not ready,” Staten said in the Halo Infinite development update video. “And as a studio, we don’t want to ship things if they’re not ready. So people can play them, have fun, have a nice, stable performance. So, we’re gonna keep campaign co-op and forge in the oven for a little bit longer, and when they’re ready we’re gonna release them as part of our seasonal roadmap next year.”
The multiplayer will feature a battle pass and no loot boxes.
The Halo Xbox Series X console and controller will launch on Nov. 15, 2021. This also includes Halo Infinite, which will become available for download the following month.
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