Halo Infinite now set for release in December + limited edition console and controller

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It looks like the official Halo Infinite release date has surfaced. After Microsoft’s Gamescom main event came and went yesterday without even a mention of Halo Infinite, folks have now spotted some Microsoft store listings suggesting the game will release in early December. An official announcement is expected later today during its Gamescom Opening Night live event. Head below for more details. 

Halo Infinite release date + more

(Update 8/31 12:49 p.m.): The new Xbox Series X – Halo Infinite Limited Edition Bundle and Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Halo Infinite Limited Edition are now up for pre-order at GameStop.

(Update 8/25 2:40 p.m.): Microsoft has confirmed the December 8, 2021 Halo Infinite release date alongside the new Xbox Series X – Halo Infinite Limited Edition Bundle and the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Halo Infinite Limited Edition:

Xbox Series X – Halo Infinite Limited Edition Bundle:

As we kick off Gamescom 2021, we’re proud to unveil the Xbox Series X – Halo Infinite Limited Edition Bundle, which will go up for pre-order today! Featuring a Limited Edition Xbox Series X console, a Limited Edition Xbox Series X Controller, and Halo Infinite (downloadable after system set-up), you’ll be fully prepared to confront the most ruthless foe the Master Chief has ever faced. Featuring a design imprinted with stars as seen from the surface of the Zeta Halo, a Cortana blue vent, and iridium gold accents around dark metallic paneling, your armory will be off to a solid start with this at its center.

Pre-orders are supposed to be live right now.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Halo Infinite Limited Edition:

The brand-new Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Halo Infinite Limited Edition, featuring a battle-scarred Mjolnir-themed design from team Xbox will be a welcome addition to any Spartan’s arsenal. With a look that’ll have you right at home with the UNSC, and an in-game weapon charm of the controller itself, you’ll be well on your way to having all the right equipment to battle the Banished.

Pre-orders should be live at any time now

Italian tech site Aggiornamenti Lumia spotted Halo Infinite Microsoft store updates that left listings with a December 8, 2021, release date on them. Until now, the delayed Xbox exclusive has yet to have a date attached to it, but it looks like Microsoft and 343 Industries are just barely going to make it for the 2021 holiday launch window at this point, and we won’t even be getting all of the expected game modes on that day. 

The release date above, which was spotted on the Microsoft Store in select regions only, was also independently corroborated by the Verge’s sources. Originally planned for release alongside its new consoles, it was then bumped from November 2020 to a fall 2021 launch date, which has now seemingly been pushed back to deeper into the 2021 holiday season. 

Pre-orders on Halo Infinite are now live, and, again, we are expecting an official announcement on the release date as early as this afternoon. 

9to5Toys’ Take

While it would have been nearly unbelievable to see Microsoft’s biggest Xbox Series X/S game get pushed back into 2022, this has to be good news for Halo fans everywhere. The all-but-confirmed Halo Infinite release date also comes along with the recent news that 343 Industries won’t be shipping the game with its campaign co-op and Forge modes intact – a pair of fan-favorite options. But instead they are scheduled to hit during season 2 of Halo Infinite, some three months or so after it finally hits store shelves. 

Be sure to dig into yesterday’s Xbox Gamescom presentation for new gameplay on Forza Horizon 5, its special limited-edition controller release, loads of new Game Pass titles, and much more. You can also learn more about what to expect from Halo Infinite in our March breakdown feature, and here’s how to get Master Chief driving navigation in your Waze app. 

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