We are heading into the end of August here, and we still do not have released dates for two of the biggest games of the year, Call of Duty Vanguard and Halo Infinite. What’s going on?
The answer is the idea that these two games, along with another high-profile shooter, Battlefield 2042, are all playing release date musical chairs, as no one wants to land too close to another game on the list, lest it dim their own prospects.
While Call of Duty is the biggest selling game of the year, every year, it has extra competition in 2021 from these two shooters, along with the next-gen version of GTA 5, and now potentially GTA 3, Vice City and San Andreas remasters too.
Call of Duty has begun to finally tease Vanguard after a slew of recent leaks about the game have come out, revealing parts of its WWII setting. But no date yet. Rumor has it, there may be an official reveal next week on August 19, and that would come with a release date for good measure.
Then, the ball would be in Halo Infinite’s court. If Call of Duty picks a date, some set distance away from Battlefield 2042’s October 22 arrival, then Infinite can finally pick a week and stop making its fans freak out that it might be delayed again. Microsoft swears it’s not going to be, they’re just looking for the right opening. Microsoft also has Forza Horizon 5 coming out on November 22, so it doesn’t want to step on that. And GTA 5 next-gen is November 11.
The expectation is for Microsoft to finally announce the Halo Infinite release date at their Xbox showcase on August 24. If they didn’t by then, there would be some real questions raised about its status. But at that point, we should probably have a Call of Duty date, and therefore Infinite would get to be “last pick” for a slot.
More on all this in my video above.