Halo Infinite has not been cancelled on Xbox One contrary to recent rumors

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Earlier this week a rumor started to circulate that Halo Infinite would not be coming to Xbox One. The game’s user interface designer, Chad Mirshak, changed his LinkedIn page to only list PC and Xbox Series X/S. This led franchise fans to start panicking that Microsoft had abandoned its old platform to avoid holding Infinite’s visuals back.

But base Xbox One owners will be glad to hear that this isn’t the case. Halo community manager John Junyszek gave a clear answer in response to these rumors On Twitter. When asked, Junyszek made it clear that Infinite is still coming to Xbox One and that he’d like to be left to “enjoy the holidays.”

Halo Infinite is still coming to Xbox One

Cyberpunk 2077 unfinishedAlthough this rumor was mostly baseless, the concerns aren’t completely unreasonable. After all, the recent disaster that was Cyberpunk 2077 has put people on edge regarding the treatment of old hardware.

Developer CD Projekt Red released Cyberpunk 2077 in a nearly unplayable state on both PS4 and Xbox One. It was clear that it hadn’t put in the necessary time to optimize for those systems. A similar fate falling upon Halo Infinite is less likely but not out of the question. After all, no one saw it coming with Cyberpunk either.

But there’s little reason to be concerned at least for the time being. Microsoft has shown no signs that it is looking to abandon the Xbox One in the near future. Both Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass are still fully supported on both its old and new platforms. Also, to this day even the Xbox 360 servers are still alive and kicking.

Microsoft has a good track record of supporting its old products. And I doubt the American tech giant wants to split off its fan-base with Halo Infinite. Even if it has been delayed, I suspect the wait will be worthwhile. The new Halo has the potential to become the defining game for next-gen consoles.

Halo Infinite looks set for a Spring 2021 release after initial delay

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Halo Infinite was supposed to be the Xbox Series X’s big launch title. But after a criminally underwhelming reveal at Xbox Summer Games 2020, Microsoft opted to delay it. Despite claiming that COVID was the cause, it’s seems likely that the American tech conglomerate was concerned about the rough state it was in.

An exact release date was not given at the time of the delay, but new details have emerged. In an interview with Dan Allen, Master Chief’s mo-cap actor, Bruce Thomas, confirmed a Spring 2021 release. When he was asked about Infinite’s development, Thomas stated it was “wrapped up,” and “ready to go next Spring.”

Are we getting Halo Infinite sooner than expected?

When the delay was first revealed, there were some concerns about how long Xbox fans would have to wait. With a game of Halo’s stature it could easily take over twelve months to fix. The presented campaign demo was plagued with a lot of difficult to address problems. This included rough texture work, assets popping in, and the now legendary Craig the Brute.

Craig was supposed to be a terrifying alien Brute trying to kill Master Chief. But due to some suspect face modelling he ended up looking more dopey than scary. The internet ran away with it and a viral meme was born. Regardless of the jokes, it did prove something about Halo Infinite. It needed more time.

Halo Infinite Craig the Brute

To Microsoft’s credit, rather than rushing it for the Series X launch it did delay Halo Infinite. And if Thomas’ claims of a Spring release are to be believed, the wait won’t have been that long anyway. Most gamers haven’t even had a chance to pick up a next-gen console yet due to stock shortages. So giving developer 343 Industries a little more time seems like a win-win situation.

All we can do for the time being is wait. Hopefully, Halo Infinite lives up to the hefty expectations placed upon it. Because there’s no doubt that Microsoft’s shiny new console is in desperate need of some big releases. Although a nice addition, there’s only so far relying on Xbox One backward compatibility can get you.

The top 5 games coming to next generation consoles

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The ninth generation of consoles are right around the corner and both PlayStation and Xbox have had plenty to show. With the launch line-ups of both consoles more or less being confirmed, it seems like a good time to see who came out on top. What are the five best games coming to next generation consoles?

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite for next generation consolesKicking things off with an obvious choice, there are few games that can hype gamers up as much as Halo. The next generation installment of Halo has started life off a little rough though. After a disappointing reveal at the Xbox Summer Fest 343 Industries have gone back to the drawing board and delayed its release.

For some, this will be a concerning sign. For me, it’s a sign that something great is in the works. For Microsoft to risk missing the Series X’s launch window for the sake of game integrity is a huge deal. If both the publisher and developer are this determined to make a great game, Infinite could be very good.

Horizon Forbidden West

Horizon Forbidden WestIf Halo is Xbox’s biggest upcoming release, Horizon is PlayStation’s. Over the years Sony has sifted through its fair share of mascots. From Crash to Spyro to Nathan Drake. However, it’s Horizon and protagonist Rost Aloy who has captured the hearts of many fans.

The first Horizon game was critically acclaimed, currently sitting at an 89 on Metacritic. If Sony can build on that and produce an ever better sequel, the PlayStation 5 could take an early lead in the next generation console war.

Forza Motorsport

Forza Motorsport for next generation consolesTruth be told, the Forza series definitely began to stagnate a fair few years ago. I’m not sure if Turn 10 grew complacent or the franchise simply lost its core identity, but the last few titles haven’t lived up to the greatness of earlier games.

And yet, I can’t help but be hyped up for the next Forza game. Not only is a soft reboot, but rumors suggest Turn 10 is finally taking the gamble of introducing rally racing. Given that Gran Turismo has had rally since 1999, this is a long overdue change that could catapult Forza into the next generation.

Starfield

StarfieldWe know very little about Starfield but the little we do know is very exciting. This is Bethesda’s upcoming RPG and its first new RPG franchise is over 25 years. Whilst The Elder Scrolls covers fantasy and Fallout is post-apocalyptic, Starfield will be Bethesda’s sci-fi space entry.

Bethesda certainly has some relationship mending required for its fans. After the disaster that was and still is Fallout 76, some trust has been lost. Hopefully, Starfield can reignite the love many of us had for the legendary RPGs Bethesda used to make.

Battlefield 6

Battlefield 6Battlefield 6 will be the game for players who want to push their new machines to the limit. Every new installment that DICE creates is always in the discussion of best game ever made. With the shift on next generation consoles and Nvidia unveiling its new GPU range, I have a feeling Battlefield 6 could look better than real life.

Looks aside, DICE will have to figure out what kind of identity it wants Battlefield to have. Both Battlefield 1 and 5 were sub-par and failed to capitalize on why people loved the modern setting titles so much. Regardless, it’s hard to disagree that the potential for Battlefield 6 is very much there.

The Halo Infinite reveal has some fans concerned over its sub-par visuals

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Microsoft’s big announcement in its Xbox Games Showcase was the official unveil of Halo Infinite. Infinite is the upcoming mainline Halo game set to release alongside the Xbox Series X. However, when fans finally got to see it there were some serious questions about its visual fidelity.

Screenshots from the reveal have been shared countless times on Twitter emphasizing its rough edges. Many of the NPCs and environments look a little too simplistic and even plain ugly at times. The new brutes in particular were so bad that it’s turned into a global meme.

The justification for Halo Infinite

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To 343 Industries’ credit, this new visual design isn’t completely unjustified. Many fans felt Halo 4 and 5 abandoned the iconic look that earlier Halo games had. To counter-act this, Infinite is supposed to look more simplistic and streamlined, just like the original trilogy.

Unfortunately, this wasn’t received overly well. After all, Microsoft had hyped Halo Infinite up to be the standout game in its next generation catalogue. So, when all it had to show was something that probably could have ran on the Xbox One X, fans were understandably disappointed.

Equally, to rub salt in the wound, it turns out the gameplay we saw wasn’t even on an Xbox Series X. Instead, the demo was showcased on a PC with similar specs to Microsoft’s next gen console. Even though Xbox Marketing GM Aaron Greenburg assures the experience is similar to the real thing, it isn’t a great look.

Thankfully, there is still time for Microsoft to turn things around. Halo Infinite is very much a work in progress and with several months still to go, the visuals could improve. Also, the stream was capped to just 1080p and therefore may have not been representative of the true 4K graphics. Only time will tell as to if Infinite will succeed or flop.