Report: Microsoft Appoints Halo Veteran To Get Infinite “Back on Track”

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Report: Microsoft Appoints Halo Veteran To Get Infinite “Back on Track”
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After a disappointing gameplay reveal — it’s hard making blockbuster games from home! — Halo Infinite has been pushed back to 2021. It’s also now getting some outside help, with a report that Microsoft is parachuting Halo veteran Joseph Staten in to help with development.

As Bloomberg report, Staten — one of the main writers on earlier Halo games at Bungie, and currently at work on a different project at Microsoft — has been brought in alongside “one more senior leader” so as to “provide more expertise to the project”.

It’s pretty late in development to be bringing in new senior leadership, but then this is a very important game for Microsoft seeing as it’s one of the only first-party ways they’re going to be able to distinguish their console from Sony’s upcoming PlayStation 5.

That or the game being moved into 2021 means it’s coming out a lot later in 2021 than most people were hoping/expecting.

In addition to writing a lot of early Halo stuff, Staten also directed the cutscenes in Halo 1-3, as well as writing the novel Halo: Contact Harvest.

Comments

  • “After a disappointing gameplay reveal — it’s hard making blockbuster games from home!”
    Uh, I’m pretty sure they didn’t start gameplay development 6 months ago so it’s hard to blame working from home for the problems.

  • Confirmed trainwreck.
    Panic about the (justified) terrible reaction to the gameplay reveal. Not only did it show the game is not in a good state, it shows the developers have no idea what they “should” be making, if they themselves couldn’t tell everything was shit and were surprised at the reaction (which the delay and this news certainly suggests.

    Sucks because despite some misses, halo is still one of my favourite series ever. Halo 4 campaign was good and Halo 5 multiplayer was fantastic. Was really hoping they’d pull it together and release the halo everyones been wanting

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