We all expected the Xbox Series X to ship with a new Halo game, but after the Halo Infinite trailer was dragged through the mud by unimpressed fans, 343 Industries decided to delay the game. Apart from the announcement that there wouldn’t be any Halo news at the VGAs, there hasn’t been much official information about what is happening with Halo Infinite. That is, there wasn’t any information until a recent rumor suggested a battle royale mode and a potential release date.
In the realm of verifiable information, we know that 343 Industries has described the time since Halo Infinite’s delay and now as “hectic,” and promises that there will be an update coming on December 17. The blog post that mentioned the upcoming announcement didn’t elaborate on what to expect in the future — it just confirmed that 343 Industries wanted to keep the Halo community in the loop.
The potential leak comes from Twitter. While the person behind the Twitter account claims to have spoken to a source, there’s no way of proving whether their statements carry any weight. The claims themselves are that 343 Industries is aiming for a release date between March and June of 2021, and that there will be a battle royale mode in Halo Infinite (although this isn’t being developed by 343). There will also purportedly be two Halo spin-off games, but no official sequels to Halo Infinite.
These new rumors only began circulating a few weeks ago, but chatter about a Halo Infinite battle royale mode has been surfacing online for months. That alone is enough to treat this new rumor with at least some credence. That being said, until we hear the official word from 343 Industries in a couple of weeks’ time, we will just have to treat all of these claims with a heavy dose of skepticism — though it’s worth noting that they are trending in the right direction for some exciting news.
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