“The Xbox One is not going to be a second-class citizen,” says Halo boss Frank O’Connor.
Halo Infinite is going to be a big game for Microsoft and 343 Industries. Not just because it’s a new Halo title – that’s big enough as it is – and not just because it’s acting like a spiritual reboot for the franchise. But also because it’s launching on the Xbox Scarlett as a launch title for the next gen console.
But though it’ll be a launch title for the Xbox Scarlett, it won’t be exclusive to it- it’ll also be releasing for PC and Xbox One. So given that it’s obviously going to try and do everything it can with the much more powerful hardware of the Scarlett, how is it going to look and run on the Xbox One? Will the current gen console end up having to make do with a much more inferior version of the game? Well, not according to Halo boss Frank O’Connor.
Speaking with YouTuber Blackmist523, O’Connor said that the Xbox One won’t be treated as “a second class citizen”, and that the upcoming shooter still “plays and looks fantastic” on it.
“Obviously the special citizen will be Scarlett,” said O’Connor, “and we’ve worked with that hardware team to make sure the game shows up amazingly on it, and work with them to make sure that we know how to make sure the game look amazing on it, but it will be for Xbox One and it will look incredible. And it will also be for PC for the first time, day and date so that’s exciting for us too. That’s changed the way we develop and the way we think about things, but we are always shooting for the best possible hardware target. This time it’s going to be up to you to decide–is it going to be Scarlett or PC; it kind of depends on your PC at that point.”
“But the Xbox One is not going to be a second-class citizen,” O’Connor reassured. “We’re building it so it plays and looks fantastic on Xbox One, and then everything else is plus-plus-plus, but we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves that we’re thinking about.”
You can check out the full interview below- the relevant quote has been timestamped. Halo Infinite is out for Xbox One, Xbox Scarlett, and PC in Holiday 2020. Before that, the game will also be receiving betas on the Xbox One. Additionally, 343 Industries and Microsoft are also promising that next year’s E3 is going to be “a big moment” for the shooter.