Bonnie Ross, de hoogste baas bij Halo-studio 343 Industries, heeft in een interview met USGamer laten weten dat ze de tijd gaan nemen met het maken van Halo Infinite. De nieuwste Halo-game werd aangekondigd op de E3 in 2018 en kreeg veel fans op de banken, maar deze fans zullen dus nog even geduld moeten hebben. Ross was erg duidelijk over het besluit hiervoor, vooral duidend op het feit dat 343 Industries haar medewerkers niet wil onderwerpen aan slechte arbeidsomstandigheden.
…With Halo 4, just given the nature of being a brand new team that had not worked on the Halo engine before, we did put the team through a really bad crunch. Obviously we had a ton of feedback that that was not a great thing. And one of the reasons is that the Halo engine is a very technical engine, which means it's a lot harder for artists and designers to get content into the game. So we promised the team that for Halo 5, we would do the work. And we did a ton of work to improve the engine along the way, but we promised them that we would do the work to really create tools and pipeline that was easy to work in so that we could help prevent crunch.
When we shipped Halo 5, it definitely was a point of, I think, crisis with the team. Crisis might be not the right word, but it was a point where the team was like, 'You promised us and we're not doing crunch again.' And they were right.
That's why we've taken a bit more time—usually it's three years between every Halo—to really do the investment in the engine and the tools and pipeline, and we're still working on it. But we showed it at E3 last year, and it is basically trying to create an environment that we can build the game better, faster, and ideally, you know, prevent crunch. I think there will always be with any game, I think there will be times where we need to work longer hours. But I think that we need to be really deliberate with that because it's not fair to the team, and the team doesn't want to do it. And so we're trying to work out how do we create the best environment to hopefully mitigate that.