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Halo Infinite to Launch Dec. 8, Report Confirms

Halo Infinite launches Dec. 8.
Halo Infinite launches Dec. 8. / Photo courtesy of 343 Industries/Microsoft

Halo Infinite will launch Dec. 8 of this year, according to a Microsoft Store listing updated prematurely and later edited to remove the date. The Verge has since verified the release date via an anonymous source said to be familiar with Microsoft's plan, and Microsoft is expected to confirm the date at Gamescom 2021.

Halo Infinite Release Date Set for December

Microsoft and developer 343 Industries first revealed Halo Infinite at E3 2018, but it wasn't until the 2020 Summer Games Fest that players saw their first glimpse of gameplay. That event also saw the release window set for holiday 2020.

Fan reaction to the gameplay trailer was mixed, with many saying the game lacked visual polish. A month later, 343 delayed the game to 2021. It cited "multiple factors" leading to the delay, chief among them work-from-home conditions required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game remained without a release date until Wednesday. It's also set to launch without campaign co-op or the Forge mode that has become a series mainstay. 343 plans to add co-op to the game in its second season, with Forge planned for the third.