Halo Infinite was forced into a delay last year, and since then, both Microsoft and 343 Industries have remained quiet. However, even with no recent footage or news of the game, it’s still assumed that the game will be launching later this Fall.
Now, the esports event planning has begun, and the title might be launching its first event this year. 343’s esports lead Tahir “Tashi” Hasandjekic stated on Twitter: “Recently locked in date & venue for first Halo Infinite event (assuming safe to attend by then) and it’s in 2021. Operated by none other than Esports Engine. Details this Summer. See you There?”
While exact details are unknown, and assuming Halo Infinite doesn’t get hit with another delay, it’ll be interesting to see how esports support for the title will run into 2022. Tashi added that the team plans to “release the full year roadmap ahead of launch. Lots of work still left to do to pull it off but excited for the impact it’ll have on the scene.” It’ll be an exciting time for returning Halo players. The last Halo World Championship happened in 2018, with Tox Gaming taking the crown. It was the last Halo Championship Series (HCS) event for the Halo 5 era during DreamHack Atlanta.
With Halo hopefully returning to stadiums in 2021, it’s obvious that 343 and Microsoft are planning on helping esports viewership for the title. In a blog post on Halo Waypoint, Tashi wrote: “While the HCS team does not make the game, we do work closely with the development team and consult on ways to increase viewership, including features and tools for content creators. In the long term, we want to continue to invest in the growth of viewership via the game. We believe that enhancing the viewer experience will provide more opportunities for all content creators within the ecosystem.”
He also added that official HCS tournaments and events will not be “exclusive to any platform.” In addition to the title’s live events, a new “dedicated Halo Esports YouTube channel” will be created to highlight the latest content and VODs.