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Phil Spencer Talks Halo Infinite’s botched original reveal: “We should have been honest with ourselves”

Xbox CEO Phil Spencer has discussed his regrets about the original announcement of Halo Infinite as the Xbox Series X / S launch game, saying that his team should have been honest with themselves about whether the game was ready to show off and release.

Speaking to UK GQ, Spencer looked back on the original Halo Infinite gameplay reveal, famously shown and delayed shortly thereafter: “I don’t like the way we did it. I don’t like that we showed the game and talked about it being released when the consoles launched. And then we moved it within a month. “

Spencer added that the decision to postpone Halo Infinite just months before its intended launch was not an attempt to fool anyone: “We should have known beforehand and been honest with ourselves. We weren’t there for delusion, but rather for … hope. And I don’t think hope is a great development strategy. “

The delay has lasted more than a year, but early signs suggest that it was worth the wait. After a hands-on campaign, we said that “most of our concerns about the Master Chief’s long-awaited spiritual restart have melted.” In the meantime, a technical preview of the multiplayer mode has really impressed us.

Even Craig – a brutal, if funny, meme about the quality of Halo Infinite’s original graphics – is now seen as a positive contributor to the final game. Developer 343 made it clear that Craig “was one of the factors in gaining more time to finish work and getting Brutes to a place where the team is happy with them. This is one of the many positive examples of working with 343 and aligning with the Halo community around expectations. “

We have a lot more Halo Infinite as part of our month-long IGN First, from unpacking its Limited Edition console to the unveiling of one of its new villains, to information on how its multiplayer approaches Battle Passes.

Joe Skrebels is the editor-in-chief of News at IGN. Follow him further Twitter. Do you have a tip for us? Would you like to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstipps@ign.com.

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