- Halo Infinite devs seemingly do not have enough resources to work on the seasonal narrative cutscenes for the upcoming seasons, as the team will not work on them anymore.
- The team has reworked its strategy and shifted resources to prioritize the other “highly requested features, content, and improvements” for the game while omitting cutscenes.
- The fans have reacted differently, with most showing anger towards the new decision. The removal of cutscenes means Halo Infinite will not focus on its lore and cinematic content anymore.
- The upcoming Season 4 content includes the Infection mode, updates to Forge and maps, and much more. It releases on June 20 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC.
The flagship Microsoft title, Halo Infinite, is reportedly seeing a lack of resources after most of the adept devs were laid off from 343 Industries. The steady drop of talent has slowly caught up to the game, as the Halo community manager has recently announced to ditch the seasonal narrative cutscenes entirely. The team reportedly had to account for the lack of resources by prioritizing the most notable content for its next seasons.
The PSA was disclosed on Twitter by the community director Brian Jarrad, revealing the new strategy for Halo Infinite ahead of Season 4’s launch. The director noted that the team had to refine “top priorities” and shift resources internally to handle the huge mishaps that fell the studio. Thus, the choice to cut out seasonal narrative cutscenes has been made to prioritize “highly requested features, content, and improvements” for the game.
PSA: As we've refined our top priorities and shifted resources internally this year, we had to make the decision to forego seasonal narrative cutscenes to make room for the team to continue focusing on highly requested features, content, and improvements for Halo Infinite.
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) June 19, 2023
Brian further elaborates that making trade-offs is never simple, especially when the team behind Halo Infinite is fully dedicated to churning out new content with each season. The unfortunate decision means that we will no longer see Master Chief in new and unique seasonal cutscenes anymore. In other words, the lore and worldbuilding of Halo Infinite will be greatly affected to focus on other, more gameplay-oriented, content.
These trade-offs are never easy to make, and we truly appreciate your support as the team works to make Halo Infinite the best experience possible. While the job is far from over, Season 4 marks another big step forward and we remain committed to this journey with the Halo community,” mentions Halo community director.
The sudden yet solemn conclusion was made due to the aftermath of many famed 343 Industries figures becoming the target of layoffs or simply quitting on their own. For instance, Halo Infinite’s lead multiplayer designer quit the studio following the creative director Joseph Staten’s exiting at the advent of 2023. Earlier, 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross called it quits; some other figures have also left the studio since the game’s release.
The community has reacted differently to the dismissal of more seasonal narrative cinematic scenes in upcoming content from here on out. Some fans took it to heart and expressed the gravity of the situation through anger, while others supported the developers for expending resources on the highly-requested and prioritized content.
So no campaign content, no narrative in multiplayer (which I was never a fan of personally but still)… what exactly are the plans for the plot and universe of this franchise going forward? This isn’t Battlefield, a good chunk of what made Halo Halo was the lore and universe,” says one saddened fan.
343 stated they had to move resources away from the narrative cutscenes for Infinite and the community is mad at them for not having enough resources
— Mischief (@MischiefsYT) June 20, 2023
Halo Infinite has been through its fair share of ups and downs through its lifeline, and the setbacks have not yet ended despite the regular updates and seasonal content. The decision not to work on the cutscenes will help devs preserve resources while focusing on other kinds of features and improvements.
While we will not see more of the Halo universe lore in the subsequent seasons anymore, Season 4 is still chock-full of tempting content that may help the game flourish a bit more. The planned features include the awaited Infection mode, career multiplayer ranks, updates to Forge and maps, and the sort. It was released yesterday for free to everyone on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, and PC.
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