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Halo Infinite won't have an official Collector's Edition

Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite (Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has announced that there won't be official Halo Infinite Collector's Editions available for sale.
  • However, custom Collector's Editions will likely be available from retailers such as Walmart, Gamestop, and Best Buy.
  • Halo Infinite is expected to release on Dec. 8, 2021 on Xbox and PC.

Recently, a listing for a special Halo Infinite Collector's Edition went live on Walmart's website that made many think an official Collector's Edition from Microsoft and 343 Industries went on sale. Since then, fans have been reaching out to 343 Industries' community team to try and get clarification about whether or not the Collector's Edition at Walmart is the official one, and if not, when an official Collector's Edition would be coming.

343 Industries' Community Director Brian "Ske7ch" Jarrard has now responded to these questions in a Tweet, although the answer isn't one that fans will be happy with. "Since a few folks have been asking about this - I can confirm that while various retailers around the world are expected to offer their own custom bundles, there is not an 'official' Collectors/Ultimate edition for #HaloInfinite," said Jarrard. This means that while retailers like Walmart will likely release custom Halo Infinite Collector's Editions, an official Halo Infinite Collector's Edition won't be sold by Microsoft and 343 Industries.

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This is disappointing to hear, especially since many fans who already have an Xbox Series X and don't need to preorder the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X were hoping for an edition of Halo Infinite that features developer-curated collectibles (such as the 1:1 Master Chief helmet that came with the Halo 3 Legendary Edition). In an era where fantastic Collector's Editions like the Elden Ring Collector's Edition are common in the AAA gaming space, it's a bummer that Halo fans won't be able to get something similar. Hopefully some of the retailer-specific editions have some cool swag in them.

Halo Infinite is slated to launch in full on Dec. 8, 2021. The game's multiplayer is free-to-play, though its campaign costs $60. It will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows PCs. Halo Infinite preorders are available now if you want to get your copy ahead of the game's release.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

2 Comments
  • "fans who already have an Xbox Series X and don't need to preorder the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X" You say that like they're anywhere to be found. The console's impossible to find, and the Elite 2 Controller (a product unreasonably prone to breaking) is in the same state. Having no other CE is pretty disappointing, especially because that one from Wal-Mart looks pretty good. That they're not even bothering to properly promote partners' offerings (just saying to check retailers" is additionally lame. It's really just another disappointing misstep in the pre-launch experience for Halo Infinite. We already watched all of the merchandise with in-game codes release last year, with no game to go with them. We watched large chunks of the game (Forge, co-op, ray tracing) get established as post-launch content. Now, the things that kind of make the launch purchase special and exciting are another blemish in the march to December 8th.
  • It's probably because it's not a “full game” release. Anyone who pays the crazy prices for collectors edition. Will, rightfully expect a polished, full game.