“It’s humorous,” he added. “It’s not dark and brooding. It’s not full of anti-heroes. “
In August last year, Microsoft said it delayed release due to “several factors that have contributed to development challenges,” such as the difficulty and stress of producing a game externally. Less than a month earlier, fans had thoroughly criticized a preview of the game for having uninspiring graphics.
Without Halo, the release of the latest Xbox last year was handicapped compared to Sony’s new PlayStation consoles. But major economic problems may have been broken to Microsoft’s advantage: Global supply chain problems caused by the pandemic made it difficult for both companies’ new devices to grasp.
The delay gave developers time to “get constructive feedback from the community and really get some signals on what resonated or not,” said Kiki Wolfkill, a 343 Industries director who leads the Halo effort across media, including a live -action TV series premiere next year.
Bonnie Ross, the leader of 343, said in an email that the reaction to the Halo preview had been one of the reasons for the delay. “The team was understandably disappointed, but it gave us a chance to take a step back and take it as an opportunity to improve,” she said.
However, the turbulence in the studio extends beyond the years-long delay. The six-year gap since Halo’s fifth game was released is the longest between two major titles in the franchise – even longer than when Bungie, Halo’s original studio, split from Microsoft in 2007 and handed over ownership of the game to 343.
Halo Infinite has been cycling through executives, with its creative director, Tim Longo, and executive producer, Mary Olson, leaving in 2019. Weeks after last year’s delay, Chris Lee, the deputy director, handed over control to Mr. The state and another director.
“There will always be a change of leaders – it’s inevitable,” said Matt Booty, who leads Xbox’s series of game studios. He added that sometimes “the momentum of the project goes one way and that person has a vision that goes the other way.”