The last thing we heard about Halo Infinite was that it wasn’t going to make it for the launch of the Xbox Series X/S. This wasn’t that much of a surprise given how badly 2020 managed to hit a lot of developers. I’m surprised that it’s supposedly launching when it is. On that note, Bruce Thomas, a mo-cap actor for Master Chief, has claimed that the game is ready to launch in Spring 2021. This is about right and in line with what Microsoft said about the game, but it’s the first proper launch window we’ve had. Up until now, it’s just been Q1 or early 2021, this tells us that the game will be about around March to May sometime.
The news came from a Reddit interview in which Thomas was chatting about his work on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Halo 4. While he was speaking candidly, he said that the game was ready for next spring. This is all providing that more motion capture isn’t required from him when COVID-19 is less of a threat and everyone has had a vaccination. Should this be the case, then we’ll be waiting a lot longer than spring to get our hands on the game.
It’s important to note that while Thomas might have been told by 343 Industries that the game will launch in spring 2021, he may also be working off of outdated knowledge. Motion capture work occurs around mid-development. The developers are building scenes, and they need the motion capture footage to finish it off. That doesn’t mean that the gameplay is ready, or all the bugs are fixed, it just means that the cutscenes and every other motion capture aspect are done.
Should Thomas be accurate though, we could be playing Halo Infinite a lot sooner than anyone, myself included, thought. This game may well change the face of the Halo franchise forever. From what I’ve seen and heard, it’s going to be a big departure from what the series has been to date. I hope that it’s close to an MMO personally because that would give players an excuse to stick around and play it for longer. Even if it isn’t, I’m quite excited to see what it ends up being.