Microsoft will release Halo Infinite, the next game in its long-running franchise, on December 8th. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that December 8th appears on the Microsoft Store today. The announcement was made by Microsoft at Gamescom later in the day, and the company showed off a new cinematic trailer.
Halo Infinite was initially planned to launch alongside Microsoft’s Xbox Series X / S in November 2020, but it was delayed until fall 2021 due to the challenges of game development during a pandemic.
It’s no secret that Infinite’s development has been bumpy. Microsoft even assigned Bungie veteran Joseph Staten to head up development nearly a year ago. Since the infamous Craig meme was born last year, we haven’t seen a great deal of campaign gameplay, but Halo’s first multiplayer technical preview looked and felt just like the Halo that fans will enjoy.
Halo Infinite is set to ship on June 21 after 343 Industries announced the game won’t launch with campaign co-op or Forge. Players will be able to play cooperatively with friends approximately three months after Halo Infinite launches. In season three of Halo Infinite, approximately six months after launch, players will be able to customize and share maps in the Forge mode.
Halo’s campaign co-op and Forge mode are popular parts of the franchise, so the news is understandably disappointing to fans. It will be less than four months before Halo Infinite’s multiplayer campaign and campaign mode launch.
The new Halo Infinite game will also come with a new console, the Xbox Series X, featuring Infinite-inspired styling, as well as a controller with Halo Infinite styling.
Additionally, Devolver Digital announced its next big indie game, “Cult of the Lamb,” an action RPG combining roguelike elements with dungeon crawling. By becoming possessed, the player gathers a flock of adorable woodland creatures to become the biggest, baddest satanic cult ever. A platformer whose humor and art drew inspiration from cartoons like “Adventure Time,” the game is being developed by Massive Monster. The release date has been set for 2022.