Halo Infinite won't arrive until 2021, developer 343 Industries announced Tuesday. The studio did not cite a more specific date.
Studio head Chris Lee cited "multiple factors" leading to the delay, including the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Halo Infinite Delayed to 2021
"We know this will be disappointing to many of you and we all share in that sentiment," Lee wrote in a statement. "The passion and support the community has shown over the years has been incredible and inspiring. We wanted nothing more than to play our game with the community this holiday."
"The extra time will let us finish the critical work necessary to deliver the most ambitious Halo game ever at the quality we know our fans expect," Lee continued.
The delay likely means Halo Infinite will not appear as a launch title for the Xbox Series X, Microsoft's first (but perhaps not only) entry in the next generation of video game consoles.
343 Industries debuted gameplay footage of Halo Infinite during the most recent Xbox Games Showcase. Online reaction was mixed, with many criticizing the game for what they perceived as lackluster graphics. Lee and the studio did not explicitly refer to this reaction in their announcement.