News surrounding Halo Infinite has dried up since its delay back in August. But developers, 343 Industries say they intend to be “much more communicative” in the next few months. 343’s community manager, John 'Unyshek' Junyszek confirmed in a blog post that their next community update would take place on December 17.
“We know you're all very eager to know what's going on with Infinite and due a myriad of circumstances in the wake of our date change, we've been quiet longer than we like.”
Unyshek adds that as a team, 343 will be aiming “to provide an end of year update and establish plans to be much more communicative in the coming months.” As a studio, Unyshek said that they “want nothing more than to answer your questions.”
“We know. We hear you. We understand.” Unyshek adds. Unyshek says that the team would much prefer to “show rather than tell.”
For some, the lack of news has stoked fears of Halo Infinite being in development hell, especially as some were disappointed with the reveal trailer this year. Fears only grew when the game's director left the company two months after the delay was announced.
343 added that the game will be unveiled “when it’s ready", and that “when we get close, we’ll be sure to let you know ahead of time. Your questions will, eventually, be answered.”
The update covers everything else from improvements made to Halo 4, enhancements for the next-gen Xbox consoles, Pro Series tournaments, and a schedule for the remainder of the year concerning Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Infinite was scheduled to be a launch title for Xbox Series X/S (as well as release on Xbox One and PC). A more specific release date has not been announced.
A statement from 343 reads that as a studio they’d “made the difficult decision to shift our release to 2021 to ensure the team has adequate time to deliver a Halo game experience that meets our vision.”
“The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect.”