Halo Infinite has added yet another co-developer in a move that is not uncommon for AAA games and the Halo series specifically. Developer Certain Affinity announced on its website that it is working with 343 Industries on Halo Infinite. In fact, Certain Affinity has been working with 343 on the project since December 2019.
On a wider basis, Certain Affinity has been collaborating on the Halo franchise across numerous titles at 343 and Bungie since 2006, so they are a veteran partner.
Certain Affinity’s president is Max Hoberman, and he himself is the former multiplayer and online lead for Halo at Bungie and 343.
“Halo Infinite has huge long-term ambitions, while also giving a respectful nod to the franchise’s past,” Hoberman said in a statement. “This is an exciting combination. Given our own deep roots and long-time connections to the series, we couldn’t be more excited to help 343 realize this vision.”
It is not immediately clear how Certain Affinity is contributing to Halo Infinite’s development.
Certain Affinity is the third co-developer on Halo Infinite that we know about. The others are Sperasoft and SkyBox Labs.
Some people have wondered if having multiple co-developers might mean that Halo Infinite might lead to a “too many cooks” situation, but 343 says this is not the case.
“It’s normal for big games these days [to have co-developers],” Halo’s community manager John Junyszek said.
Three studios working on Halo Infinite is small by comparison to other AAA games. This year’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was worked on by 15 different studios. It was also recently reported that 14 studios helped Naughty Dog to complete The Last of Us: Part II.
Halo Infinite was recently delayed to 2021 due in part to complications related to COVID-19 and working from home. There was a rumor that Halo Infinite might get pushed again to 2022 and drop the Xbox One edition, but this is false.
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