Halo Infinite now has an official December release date

It’s about time.

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Halo Infinite, the next title in Microsoft’s largest homegrown franchise, finally has a release date. The game will be arriving on December 8. Microsoft confirmed the launch date during Gamescom Opening Night Live.

A lot is riding on the release, as the game was originally supposed to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X/S. The game was delayed by over a year due to a negative reaction to early gameplay. There was some more recent negative press when it was revealed that Halo Infinite would be launching without Forge or cooperative play.

The news around cooperative play and Forge mode was originally seen as a soft setup for a further delay of the game, but thankfully those rumors have turned out to be false. The bad news is that players who have made it a tradition to run through the Halo campaign with friends will not be able to do it with Halo Infinite. Cooperative mode is expected to launch during the game’s second season.

The good news is that the recent technical tests have revealed that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is certainly shaping up to be exactly what players love about the series. Frantic, skill-based gameplay will be on the cards for everyone, as the multiplayer portion will be free to play.

Finally, players can look forward to trying to get their hands on a new Halo-themed Elite controller and Xbox Series X that will be available on November 15. Getting your hands on one might not prove to be too easy based on how quickly the consoles have been selling out, but the lucky ones that do are in for a treat.