After yesterday’s Xbox presentation, fans might be forgiven for assuming that Gamescom will pass them by without any Halo Infinite news, which would be a surprising move given that the game is Microsoft’s largest title for 2021. However, it turns out that Microsoft was merely reserving material until the main stage at Gamescom Opening Night Live, where Halo Infinite’s release date and a new multiplayer cinematic were both announced.
Geoff Keighley joined the stage alongside Halo Infinite Head of Creative Joseph Staten during the Opening Night Live demonstration, revealing some major new information for the forthcoming sci-fi shooter.
First, the team showed the Halo Infinite first multiplayer season’s entrance cinematic, which depicted a group of Spartans rescuing a lady from the rubble of a Covenant-devastated city. The greatest surprise, though, was the release date for Halo Infinite.
Xbox has been teasing the release date for Halo Infinite for a time now, surprise many when it wasn’t disclosed at E3. Halo Infinite, on the other hand, will be published on December 8, 2021, according to Staten.
Despite earlier confirmations that there would be no campaign co-op or Forge when the game launches, both the multiplayer and campaign components of the game will launch at the same time, contrary to certain speculations.
The December 8 release date is a few weeks later than expected, but just by a few of weeks. Early reports claimed that the game will be released in November, which would coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Xbox Series X’s launch. The majority of those rumors, however, were based entirely on the imprecise “holiday 2021” release timeframe and the console’s apparent synchronization with its debut anniversary.
Begin your Spartan Journey on December 8, 2021 – and, prepare for battle with a #HaloInfinite Limited Edition Xbox Series X Bundle, and Elite Series 2 Controller.
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— Halo (@Halo) August 25, 2021
December has a somewhat free release calendar at the moment, however there is some competition that 343 Industries should be wary of. The largest title releasing with Halo Infinite, at least according to what has been revealed so far, is Dying Light 2, a zombie-killing parkour game set to arrive on December 7, only one day before Halo.
Of course, Halo Infinite will be available through Game Pass, so anyone with a Game Pass subscription won’t have to pay for it separately. That provides it an instant edge in terms of barrier to entry, thus Halo Infinite will likely have an advantage over Dying Light 2 in terms of day-one gamers. Of course, additional delays and announcements have the potential to throw everything off.