07 Mar 2021 5:40 PM +00:00

Microsoft dropped the ball with Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite was originally scheduled to release alongside the Xbox Series X on November 10th 2020.

Combat Evolved, the first entry in the series, was released alongside the original Xbox, which would have brought things full circle as 343 Industries look to soft-reboot the series.

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Unfortunately, due to fan backlash of the games' gameplay reveal, the game was delayed, leaving very little incentive to buy the new next-generation system.

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Halo Infinite's gameplay was finally revealed last year and it didn't have the impact 343 Industries was hoping for.

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The graphics were heavily criticised which caused the game to be delayed indefinitely while the developers went back to try and improve the quality of the game.

This meant that the game didn't launch alongside the Xbox Series X|S, which resulted in very few "exclusive" games on the system on or around the launch.

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Things Look Brighter In The Future

Despite a very lacking lineup of launch titles, there are plenty of others in the pipeline that could become selling points for the system.

The ZeniMax acquisition deal has finally been completed, meaning that Microsoft now owns franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Wolfenstein, and many others.

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There are also many other Microsoft owned properties in development including Perfect Dark, Fable, Forza, ExoMecha, Psychonauts 2, Avowed and many others.

It hasn't been decided yet, or at least made public, whether future ZeniMax titles will be exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem, but if they are then those alone would become a huge selling point for the Xbox Series X.

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Halo Infinite Could Be The Deciding Factor

During the last-generation, Sony dominated the console market, clocking in over 110 million PS4 consoles sold, compared to just over 50 million Xbox One consoles sold.

The PS4 had a stellar lineup which consisted of games such as God of War, The Last of Us 2, Final Fantasy 7 Remake just to name a few.

While the Xbox One had some great games too, very few seemed to tick the boxes with fans in the same way.

This time around, Microsoft is focusing on the Xbox ecosystem, with most Xbox exclusives also releasing on PC as well as Game Pass.

While games such as Psychonauts and Avowed will likely be great games, they don't have the same impact and name value as Halo.

Halo is to Xbox what Mario is to Nintendo, and if Halo Infinite disappoints with fans then it could be a devastating blow to the Xbox Series X going forward.

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Thankfully the game is looking great right now, based on new screenshots, and seems to be on the right track.

But only time will tell whether it connects with its audience in the way it desperately needs to.