Halo Infinite beta testing plans will be scaled back in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, 343 Industries has today confirmed.
Citing “ambitions to kick off an early flighting program” way back in 2018, 343 Studio Head Chris Lee said things have had to chance in 2020.
“With Halo Infinite, we are also committed to building the game in partnership with our community but given the unprecedented challenges of this year, we’re not quite where we expected to be in terms of broader public flighting,” Lee wrote in a new blog post.
“While not the full program we had envisioned, we have been working very closely with the community on nearly every facet of the project,” Lee continued. “From the earliest planning where we focused on broad feedback around art style and story to actual hands-on playtesting and focus feedback with confidential groups of community representatives over the past two years, Halo Infinite is being created in partnership with the community. The team is still working and assessing options for broader hands-on opportunities before launch and we’ll share an update when we can, but this process doesn’t stop with launch.”
Today’s Microsoft first-party showcase opened with Halo Infinite and a menu screen that suggested a demo could become available; it’s unclear if the term “demo” merely meant for today’s livestream or if a playable demo will find its way to the general populace. We’ve asked Microsoft for clarification.
Halo Infinite is expected this holiday season alongside the Xbox Series X — it will be available on that next-gen platform alongside Xbox One and PC, part of the Xbox Game Pass program.