The developer says it is focusing on getting this part of the game ready to ship.
Microsoft’s 343 Industries says that all of the sandbox content shipping with Halo Infinite on launch is in the game and just needs to be polished.
In the lengthy Inside Infinite update for January, the studio said that this content was 90% finished, with the team spending the coming months fixing all of its problems so that it is ready to be shipped.
“[The Sandbox team] is super busy,” lead sandbox designer Quinn DelHoyo said.
“We have everyone fixing bugs on our launch content and some exciting efforts kicking off for future updates – like new vehicles, equipment, etc. But we’re pretty much playtesting a ton and looking for ways to polish and improve everything. All of our launch content is in-game and being played daily but it takes a strong effort to get something from 90% to a full 100% ship quality.
“So, we are pushing hard to squash bugs and tune our toys so they are in a good spot as we get closer and closer to launch (and public flighting before that). Additionally, we are taking time to evaluate the visuals of certain sandbox items with the goal of ensuring everything is landing the way the art directors envisioned. As a result, some sandbox items we’ve previously shown might be getting a facelift here and there by the time you see them again.”
Halo Infinite was initially set to launch alongside the Xbox Series X and S in November 2020 but was bumped back to 2021 after a less-than-stellar gameplay showcase last July. The title now has a fall 2021 release date and will apparently boast more impressive graphics.