Halo Infinite is one of first flagship titles on the upcoming Xbox Series X, but it’s development has been affected by the novel coronavirus.
Halo Infinite has been set to be one of the first flagship titles on the upcoming Xbox Series X, though it appears the game’s development has been affected by the destructive novel coronavirus, COVID-19.
Head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty released a statement that acknowledged the challenges brought about by COVID-19. In the statement, Booty said that, while Xbox is committed to delivering high-quality content to its fans and consumers, it also remains conscious of those who are part of the Xbox Game Studios development teams. As the developers’ health and safety remain vital and integral in Xbox’s decision-making, Microsoft and Xbox Game Studios are “supporting our studio leaders to make the right decisions for their teams and their individual games during this challenging time.”
While nothing had been said about Halo Infinite‘s release date or that of any other Xbox Games Studios-developed title, there are implications within Booty’s statement that suggest potential delays. While Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries indicated in a blog post that development was on track for its projected release, the virus may “get worse before it gets better.”
No official changes have been made at this time, but this statement prepares readers, in a way, for any delays made to Halo Infinite or any other Xbox Games Studios-developed titles.
As COVID-19 has been determined to be one of the most infectious viruses, companies have made appropriate decisions to accommodate the unfortunate decision. From shifting to a “work-from-home” model to delays, gaming industry companies have found ways to work around the impacts of the virus, though it will likely continue to have impacts from here on out.
The coronavirus has already had numerous impacts where gaming events are concerned. From the cancelation of E3, leading to a Microsoft digital Xbox event and the cancelation of the Taipei Game Show, the novel coronavirus is rearing its ugly head all across the gaming industry. Of course, while it’s understandable to be depressed over a particular game’s delay, it’s important to keep in mind that the health and safety of those who are heading the development of affected games are of utmost concern.