343 Industries has been working on Halo Infinite for a long time now. The development time has been longer than usual and fans expect there to be a good reason behind it. It turns out that there is indeed a good reason and 343 Industries has commented on the matter.
343 Industries boss Bonnie Ross talked about why Halo Infinite development has been longer than Halo 4 and 5, He talked about the development of the previous games and why the team was taking its time with Halo Infinite. The following is what he had to say about the development of Halo 4:
Yeah, with Halo 4, just given the nature of being a brand new team that had not worked on the Halo engine before, we did put the team through a really bad crunch. Obviously, we had a ton of feedback that that was not a great thing. And one of the reasons is that the Halo engine is a very technical engine, which means it’s a lot harder for artists and designers to get content into the game.
Ross went on to talk about the development of Halo 5. He mentioned that the game ended up being bigger than what was intended. The team did not get the tools needed in order to make development easier than Halo 4. Ross confessed that the team was right. It takes 3 years to make a Halo game and although Halo Infinite was shown off at E3 2018 Ross mentioned that tools are being made along the way and the engine is being altered to that the game can be made better and faster without the crunch.
we showed it at E3 last year, and it is basically trying to create an environment that we can build the game better, faster, and ideally, you know, prevent crunch. I think there will always be with any game, I think there will be times where we need to work longer hours. But I think that we need to be really deliberate with that because it’s not fair to the team, and the team doesn’t want to do it.
Halo Infinite is not a small game and I think that fans can appreciate that developers do put a lot of effort into these games and that they should not overwork. We can all wait a while longer so that the team behind Halo Infinite is not under too much stress. If we can wait for Cyberpunk 2077 and Death Stranding then we can wait for Halo Infinite as well.
Let us know what you think about the development of Halo Infinite and whether or not you are interested in playing the game when it comes out.