Phil Spencer says Microsoft 'can look at' releasing Halo Infinite's campaign and multiplayer separately
It seems like it could happen, but nothing is certain right now.
What you need to know
- In an interview, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer commented that Microsoft "can look at" releasing Halo Infinite's campaign and multiplayer separately if one is finished before the other.
- However, he also stated that 343 Industries will drive decisions like that, and that he wants people to "feel like they have a Halo experience." He also commented that a decision like this would have to factor in the game's structure and story.
- Halo Infinite was originally supposed to launch with the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but it was delayed until 2021.
In an interview with Kotaku, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer commented on the possibility of Halo Infinite's campaign and multiplayer modes being released at different times if one of them is finished before the other. He had this to say on the matter:
"Bonnie (referring to Bonnie Ross, founder and Head of 343 Industries) and the team will go drive those decisions," Spencer said. "But I think we want to make sure people feel like they have a Halo experience. I think we can look at options like that." According to Kotaku, Spencer continued by highlighting that this type of approach would have to factor in Halo Infinite's structure and storytelling strategy. "So, yeah, I think that's something to think about, but we want to make sure we do it right," he concluded.
Based on this response, it looks like the option is somewhat on the table, but that Microsoft would only actually go for it if the team at 343 Industries was behind the decision and if it was done with great care. It would make sense for Microsoft to want to get something Halo Infinite in the hands of players following its surprising delay to 2021, but it's also clear that Phil Spencer wants Halo Infinite to deliver a true, complete Halo experience that fans of the series want. Ultimately, only time will tell, but we now know that Halo Infinite releasing in parts is at the very least a possibility.
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