Halo Infinite had a great start when it first launched in December 2021. Critics and players gave the game an enormous amount of praise, and many considered it the franchise’s return to its best. It became one of the best-selling titles on PC and Xbox on release, and the sales backed the positive reviews. But, this success has been slowing down a bit recently. Sales of the game are not good over the long term, and it’s almost out of the top 10 list on Xbox. We can also see this poor performance in the game’s Twitch viewers.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection recently crossed Halo Infinite in overall viewers on Twitch. 2K viewers tuned in to watch the compilation, while Halo Infinite only had 1.8K viewers watching the streams. Something like this is shocking to see as a collection of old games gets more viewers than a brand new one.
This is another example of how the game has fallen off in recent months. While Twitch viewership isn’t the universal scale we can use to measure interest, it’s still really damning for the Xbox exclusive to be overtaken by an older game in the same series. We don’t see this happen every day.
What’s even worse for Halo Infinite is that this didn’t die down at all. Viewers of Halo: The Master Chief Collection kept increasing in the recent hours while Halo Infinite’s kept going down. Maybe this is just a one-day thing, but a flagship title being surpassed by a decade-old collection is sort of bad.
This is nothing but an indictment of the game. Players preferring to watch old games over new ones should tell us how it’s not living up to expectations. Halo Infinite did get a positive response, but fans don’t like the lack of content in the game. Couple this with bugs, and you can see why players are watching Halo: The Master Chief Collection and not Halo Infinite.
Halo Infinite is an excellent game, but its lack of content is hurting it. Considering how it is the only Halo game of this generation, it’s worrying. If Xbox doesn’t add more content to the game in the long term, this will be just the start of its downfall. Hopefully, Xbox and 343 Industries have a plan for the game that will appease players.