With Halo Infinite getting delayed significantly from its previous release date of December 2020,, and after the disastrous gameplay reveal, it doesn’t take a genuis to figure out that there’s bound to be some development issues 343 Industries has to overcome.
It seems we now have more info regarding the game’s development thanks to a former Halo Infinite dev named Eric Lin. The video (which is in Chinese) can be viewed here, and there’s also a summary via ResetEra poster random0_point:
A former 343i employee (Skybox Artist) shared some insight on Halo Infinite. (video is in mandarin, so I tried to translate his words into English)
His overall feeling on Halo Infinite: “In fact, I think the finished product will still be great. The story is a big improvement, and the gameplay is much richer, though the development cycle is too long. Don’t expect it to be an epoch-making masterpiece.”
The company executives were overly ambitious. They wanted to make Halo Infinite a semi-open world game, so the engine needed to be changed significantly. They had to make the game and develop the engine at the same time (Due to engine defects, many workflows were not ideal, though they are now much more improved than before).
Last year’s disastrous demo was because many engine features were not fully implemented at that time.
For a variety of reasons, the game content compared to the original idea has been cut (same for multiplayer). “This has led to some things I’ve made over the years that no one will probably ever see.”
The team at 343 (especially the low-level employees) works very hard, and many of them have experienced working overtime until the early hours of the morning in the past few years. (Crunch confirmed 🙁
Now he works at Certain Affinity, still doing some HI outsourcing work, and he feels good to be out of 343’s baggage.
That doesn’t seem as bad as initially thought, but of course, we don’t know the full details. In other Halo Infinite news, 343 says they are working to expand beta testing for the shooter “as soon as possible.”