It’s emerged through a report over at VGC that Halo Infinite has been rated by the Australian Classification Board, leaving many to believe the game is now as good as locked in for a 2021 release.
The rating, an M for those playing at home, was awarded for “violence, online interactivity, and in-game purchases” and was published on August 10. Interestingly, Forza Horizon 5, a game that’s due for a November 9 release, received its rating the week prior. This adds a lot of credence to the romantic notion that Halo Infinite might ship November 15 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved’s launch on the original Xbox.
Game: HALO INFINITE (CAMPAIGN) Rating: M Platform: (Multi Platform) Descriptors: Science fiction themes and violence, online interactivity and in-game purchases
Although Halo Infinite’s release window has been nebulous since its delay, Xbox head Phil Spencer has remained adamant that the game would ship in 2021. He went so far as to suggest on the Dropped Frames podcast the game’s date had narrowed to a four-week window and was completely reliant on when other expected big holiday titles might ship.
“For us, we know kind of our range in the three-to-four-week range,” he said. “We don’t have yet the exact day, there’s some other things with some other game timing that we’re trying to look at.”