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Halo Infinite on Xbox Series X Can Usher in a New Era for Microsoft in 2021

Microsoft's latest home console, the Xbox Series X, launched to positive reception but unfortunately its flagship game, Halo Infinite, had to be delayed. Although fans were disappointed to have to wait longer to play the game that was initially meant to be the system seller, this setback does not necessarily spell doom and gloom for Halo Infinite, nor the console itself, and could very well be a blessing in disguise.

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Knightofelemia42d ago

I'll believe it when I play it

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Kilua42d ago (Edited 42d ago )

"It was the wise decision to ensure that the game all Xbox fans have eyes on, Halo Infinite, kicks off the rollout of new exclusives with a big bang.”

Listen, im not a huge Halo fan (Loved 3 and 4 was pretty good), i'll admit but sometimes we need to be honest with ourselves.

Im not trying to be being negative just because it's Microsoft, and im not saying it will fail - but lately i've noticed these articles about Halo infinite painting it up to be something special. But my question is, what has changed since the last reveal, which was completely panned, and what has changed since the announcement of various devs and leads leaving the project? Has the toxic culture and fragmented development of the game now been sorted? I understand glass of full thinking, but sometimes we need to be honest with outselves and set expectations appropriately. It's almost as if people arent addressing the entire Elephant in the room here. Things were sounding ROUGH in the background just a few weeks ago... im not sure if a delay would be able to fix the issues laid bare for all to see in the reveal.

How far is a year delay going to go to right the wrongs of the initial reveal? It's a tough question for fans, i know, but it ia atill relevant and expectations should be taken within context.

Kilua41d ago (Edited 41d ago )

@Disagrees, care to explain why you dont agree?

Sitdown40d ago

I'm simply confused on why you thought it made sense to say that your are not a huge Halo fan, and we need to be realistic, and then you launch into the negatives. I've missed the articles about the toxic culture. But going back, as someone who is not a huge Halo fan, would we really expect you to know what gives Halo fans hope? As someone stated, outside of graphics, it looked similar to the Halo formula but now in Open World.

fr0sty40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

One doesn't have to be a fan of a game to be able to spot when its development is in trouble. There's no doubt that Halo's development is facing serious issues. They wouldn't have delayed their flagship title otherwise. All of their first party games are late to the party... they got caught unprepared for this generation.

Kilua40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

"I'm simply confused on why you thought it made sense to say that your are not a huge Halo fan, and we need to be realistic, and then you launch into the negatives."

So im not allowed to give an observation, because im not not an out and out fan? That's a strawman fallacy. Not good enough. I am allowed to give my thoughts on something - at least i let people know where i stand with the franchise.

Besides, i have experience with the franchise, specifically Halo 3, and it was the best one. I played and finished it on legendary so i think i have the right to speak.

If you want to be positive about it, by all means go ahead. If you want to ignore the problems then that is just being delusional. There are problems.

Ausbo40d ago

I disagree because you made assumptions that infinite’s development has been toxic. We simply don’t have any concrete info to come to that conclusion.

The only issue with that gameplay demo was the awful graphics. That’s something that can easily be fixed in a year and a half time

fr0sty40d ago

Devs leaving the project is a good indicator of a toxic work environment...

DJStotty39d ago (Edited 39d ago )

@fr0sty

"Devs leaving the project is a good indicator of a toxic work environment..."

Or their work on the project is complete, and they have moved to another? Once a dev's work is complete on a game project, they move on to another, does not mean anything is wrong with development on a project.

If i recall, around 4 staff members have left over the last 2 years. Case in point :-

"According to Payne’s LinkedIn page, he joined 343 Industries in April 2019 on a contract basis. It is currently unclear if the developer departed from 343 Industries because he had finished his work on Halo Infinite or if he left the studio earlier than expected."

Chances are, if you look at any game studio, you will be able to find a few members of staff that have left, even with the likes of Naughty Dog.

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green40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Besides graphics, can you tell us from your analysis of the gameplay reveal last year what you saw that showed a game that would be bad? We know nothing about the story, the gameplay was classic Halo and looked great. So what from the gameplay reveal has led you to this conclusion that a year delay can't fix the problems?

All these stories of things being rough in thr background came from who? Can you point to any credible source to back up your claims?

Noskypeno40d ago

And the graphics in the multiplayer are already much better than what was shown in July. They confirmed multiple variations of Brutes, some with hair and better animations.

Teflon0240d ago

@Green
You proved their point. You're ignoring the problems lol

Noskypeno
They confirmed? The same ones who thought releasing that demo for public eyes saying that was a launch game? Like they said, it's until you see it running properly and releases as so, lower the expectations. Sounding like the cyberpunk situation again. In that game the issue wasn't graphics or gameplay, it was everything else

Kilua40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

"Besides graphics, can you tell us from your analysis of the gameplay reveal last year what you saw that showed a game that would be bad?"

1) The first moments of that trailer falls flat on its face imo. The voice actor for the pilot was not very good at all - he was just incessantly mumbling and getting frustrated at chief, whilst chief was just standing there (It was awkward)- im not sure what purposes that character serves but he doesnt seem to fit well. Not a very good sign for his voice acting performance. I don't know, i found that to be jarring but that is just my opinion.

2)The main villian. I mean WTF was going on there? Forget the fact that he looked like an early ps3 character model, the way the camera was panned on his face to try and create this dramatic scene whilst he was giving his speech was the most jarring moment of that entire trailer. That whole scene was just.... wrong.. and bizzare. Once again, just my opinion.

3) The gameplay was the best part of that trailer - but im going to be honest, im not a fan of 343 adding in ADS and sprint. I suppose the grappling hook looked pretty cool (not that original at all though)

4) I dont really need to say anything about the graphics other than it looked like an 8 bit game in most parts of the background, that's how bad it looked at times. 343 have a ton of work to do just to get this department up to scratch alone. And we havent seen any update since so that's all i have to go on.

5) Since the trailer and backlash, 343 have been in a rough situation with devs leaving. You see the studio head come out and provide an update telling people not to worry, that development is going well. A few months later he leaves the studio. We saw leaks of the management reviews and staff dissatisfaction- it all just doesnt sound promising at all when you take into consideration that 343 didnt deliver the full package for Halo 5 (it was a regression from 4, which was a regression from 3)

jznrpg40d ago

@Kilua the pilot was super cringey. Bad voice acting and bad animation . It seems the worst thing they are trying to do with Halo is make it a GaaS .

SpineSaw40d ago

@green
Do gamers really pay $500usd plus tax to play "classic" Halo? Pretty much everyone seen Craig and it became a joke..... Ummm still is. The "source" that you need is pretty much every gamer that watched that reveal. The only ones that were good with the reveal of Craig were those that damage control everything Microsoft does and you. No offense though I'm pretty sure its to late for that.
Lets review the lead up to the Craig'errrr Halo reveal. Microsoft reported that the New Halo had a $500 million budget and was built from the ground up on a new most powerful console ever build and then the day they reveal Halo for Xbox Series X..... you get Craig! By all accounts it was a complete epic fail.
Now for the thoes that want "classic Halo" go load up Halo 2 they remaster it every other year should be great by now. I dont Know about you or anyone else but if I'm paying $500 plus tax for a console and who knows how much for Xbox Live and GamePass I need more than Craig.... much, much more. Please don't try and defend Craig just let it go and on release day hope for the best.

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chiefJohn11740d ago (Edited 40d ago )

Maybe if you were a halo fan you'd be intouch and know the answers to your questions lol. Halo infinite sounding better and better everyday. I was more mad than anyone about the delay (even got banned for a rant about the delay lol) but after the news I'm 100% happy it was delayed

Kilua40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

"Halo infinite sounding better and better everyday. "

I dont think that is entirely accurate or honest. At all actually.

chiefJohn11740d ago

Lol true, not literally everyday but I think that goes without saying when someone make that statement. I be forgetting I'm on n4g harder for ppl to catch on here. lol

SpineSaw40d ago

There's a old saying my fried and I'm gonna pass it on to you and other Halo fans.
"lower your expectations to avoid disappointment".
Now had Microsoft not revealed Craig I'd say dream big but...but, but, but! With the Craig reveal they let the cat outta the bag. Sure a delay was great but sadly Microsoft has a long list of releases that were a broken, bug filled unplayable mess and we have no reason to think Halo Infinite will be any different and to fix that mess they revealed might be asking to much no matter how long they delay it. I think it would be best for Microsoft to only give a release date and nothing more for this game and on release let Halo do the talking and hopefully it'll blow the doors off the gaming world and be the system seller Xbox needs because talking about it further only hurts it more when it can't meet expectations.

chiefJohn11740d ago (Edited 40d ago )

I have no expectations I'm going by what 343 show and tells us. If you don't know or haven't seen the updates oh well. Liking what I've seen and hear.
And Kilua how would you know what's true you're not even part of the community lol that's like me tell someone what's happening with their baseball team when I don't even watch baseball lmao

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Kilua40d ago (Edited 40d ago )

"I disagree because you made assumptions that infinite’s development has been toxic. We simply don’t have any concrete info to come to that conclusion."

Dude.. you cant be serious.

https://www.google.com/sear...

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Atom66640d ago

It's fair to be skeptical, but 2 things:

1. This article merely makes the general point that MS taking more time is hopefully a good sign. Pretty vanilla opinion piece that doesn't warrant whatever it is you're trying to say here.

2. The "bad" aspects you listed out are fairly minor to warrant this kind of reaction.

"8 bit" hyperbole aside, it really just needs lighting, texture, and other final-stage graphics work to look quite nice. If you're not a fan of the art direction, fine. But I'm thrilled they finally realized not all games have to have to focus on realistic grittiness. Bright and light sci fi aethetics, with hard geometrical architecture. I personally like it.

But aside from graphics, your negatives are voice actor of NPC pilot, and some issues with the villain?

Generally for Halo fans, using the Banished as the villain is definitely a positive. Halo 5's story was not good. Halo Wars 2, however, was way better than it had a right to be. Seeing a (non-Atriox) Banished villain was the best news I saw.

There's room for cautious optimism. The problems in its management and producer roles were addressed almost 6 months ago. Some of that news was late to trickle out, but the changes were swift. We won't know if bringing Jason back and moving Hintze up was a success until after launch, but those moves are a positive sign to me for now.

If it sucks, it sucks. But for the moment, I'm more inclined to see the positives than cry doom and gloom all day everyday.

Kilua40d ago

That's fair, i can agree with that, mostly.

"2. The "bad" aspects you listed out are fairly minor to warrant this kind of reaction." - I dont agree with that at all though.

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utopiancat41d ago

Eh... I don't think a Halo based reskin of Destiny is going to have a lot of pull outside of hardcore xbox fans. I don't think anyone is going to be selling their PS5 to get Halo Infinite. (metaphorically speaking)

Neonridr41d ago

nobody is asking you to. But if you happen to have a PC along with that PS5 (as in me) then you might be interested enough to pick it up.

utopiancat41d ago

"nobody is asking you to. But if you happen to have a PC along with that PS5 (as in me) then you might be interested enough to pick it up."

It's not about me.

The discussion is about if Halo is going to "Usher in a New Era for Microsoft in 2021" I am saying no, I don't think so.

Neonridr41d ago

@utopiancat - but you don't need to sell your PS5, it has nothing to do with that. It's talking about this game finally launching next gen for MS. I am definitely interested in the game, no I won't buy a SX for it. But I have a high end gaming PC, so I will play it there.

utopiancat41d ago

Do you understand what a metaphor is?

I don't care if you're interested in the game or where your going to play it.

My point is the game isn't going to "Usher in a New Era for Microsoft in 2021" and it's not going to be the reason people choose SX over PS5.

Neonridr40d ago

@utopiancat - no one game is going to make people choose one platform over the other. Either you like MS games or you like Sony games. That is what will make you choose. Buying hardware for one game is a terrible idea.

utopiancat40d ago

Neonridr

You are arguing against things I'm not even saying.

I'm not the one saying that "Halo Infinite on Xbox Series X Can Usher in a New Era for Microsoft in 2021" It's the author of the article that made the implications.

If anything you just agreed with me.

Neonridr40d ago

@utopiancat - I mean it could very well mean it's the start for MS in 2021. Which you can't disagree with. Next gen hasn't really started for them yet, hell it has barely started for Sony at this point. It'll be later this year when we get to see the real games.

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SaveFerris41d ago

Is Usher coming to Halo Infinite?

JustTheFax41d ago

He will be launching his new single in the Halo-verse

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