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Halo Infinite release date officially set for Autumn 2021

Published: 08:01, 09 December 2020
343 Industries
Halo Infinite - Multiplayer map

343 Industries have officially announced a release window for Halo Infinite. The game is set to launch sometime in Autumn 2021. Additionally, the team offered new details about the game as well as some fresh screenshots.

Halo Infinite now has a more firm release window. The game is set to arrive sometime during Autumn 2021, not in in the first half of 2021 as some earlier rumours suggested.

"After Reach shipped, I became a Halo fan, cheering-on 343i from the sidelines. But I've spent the last four months immersing myself back into the Halo universe, and it’s my honour as creative director to help our team ship Halo Infinite in Fall 2021. Yep, that's when the game is coming out" creative director Joseph Staten wrote in the blog post.

Other 343 Industries developers also offered updates regarding the game. Nicolas Bouvier, senior concept artist said that the team spent a lot of time improving the game since the gameplay reveal earlier this year. Nicolas said they understood the feedback from fans and they are committed to improving the game's visuals even further. 

343 Industries Halo Infinite - Weapon models look slick

Ani Shastry, development manager for the graphics team on Halo Infinite added that the game now features better global illumination, shadows and less LOD popping among other things.

"Some of the key areas of progress include better quality of global illumination, ambient occlusion, shadows, volumetric lighting, sky, and atmosphere. We have also addressed issues with our GPU-driven rendering and texture streaming solution that should mitigate the LOD popping and texture quality issues that were prevalent in the July demo. ," he said.

Additionally, 343 Industries shared some screenshots and you can definitely see many improvements on the weapon models as well as interiors.

343 Industries Halo Infinite - Armor coating

343 Industries promise to share a lot more updates in the upcoming months. "Starting with this update, we’re going to be sharing more about what we’re doing and, most importantly, why we’re doing it," they concluded.

You can check out the full blog post on the official Halo blog.