This is a big blow to Microsoft’s Xbox Series X launch game, which will potentially be the first new console ever launched without a flagship game. There’s a gaping hole in the starting grid now that I’m speculating on whether Microsoft will open its wallet to try and get some third-party heavy hitters on their Game Pass service. Maybe Cyberpunk 2077 or Watchdogs Legion could be available on Game Pass?
For us on the PC, however, this is all good news. We still have the excellent Master Chief Collection PC release to play with if we feel like a Halo fix in the meantime. If we delay this game it will likely become a better and more polished title by the time it comes out. We know the game will use a ray traced lighting solution when it comes out that we haven’t seen yet. This could help alleviate some of the overwhelming graphics issues, and by 2021 there will be new GPUs that are far more powerful in this department too. Since the PC version didn’t have the baggage to be used as the flagship for a new console, it just means a longer wait and no major worry.
343 Industries and Microsoft are now under pressure to deliver. It’s been some time since a new Halo game really impressed people, arguably not since Bungie left the series, and that delay shows that at least they know that a mind-boggling new Halo game isn’t something what the world needs. It will be interesting to see how the last game ends and what changes will be made. We keep our fingers crossed for the best, but that’s something unprecedented.
This is probably the right move for the game and the team that makes it, but it could be a disaster for the Xbox Series X grid.