Halo Infinite had an excellent single-player campaign and the multiplayer was even better. Unfortunately, 343 Industries couldn't keep up the momentum, failing to roll out content regularly. Ultimately, this hurt 343 and Halo Infinite.
Now that Microsoft is laying off thousands of employees, 343 was one of the studios hit pretty hard, resulting in rumors that the studio might have no choice but to cancel its long-rumored campaign DLC for Halo Infinite. But, as it turns out, you can't cancel what was never in development.
According to Bloomberg's Jason Schreier and Windows Central's Jez Corden, Joseph Staten's decision to step down from his post as the creative director of Halo Infinite had nothing to do with more single-player content for Halo Infinite. As it turns out, the campaign DLC never progressed beyond just conversations.
As heartbreaking as it is, it doesn't look like any changes are coming to Halo Infinite anytime soon.
Having said that, it also appears the rumors of Microsoft taking 343 off as the lead developers of the Halo franchise aren't true as well. Studio head, Pierre Hintze, clarified 343's status recently, saying:
Halo and Master Chief are here to stay. 343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what Halo great.
Microsoft isn't having the best time right now. After laying off thousands of employees, it's still dealing with investigations and inquiries from multiple governing bodies as it tries to close the deal to acquire Activision Blizzard a year after its initial announcement.
It's unclear if the layoffs will affect Microsoft's ongoing purchase, but it's highly unlikely it will let the deal fall through anytime soon. But, with mounting pressure from the EU, FTC, as well as Nvidia and Google, it'll be interesting to see how it will all play out.
As for Halo Infinite, it's definitely gotten the short end of the stick compared to its contemporaries in terms of post-launch support, and 343's subsequent decisions, like canceling split-screen co-op, haven't helped at all.
Things might get worse for Halo if Microsoft ends up acquiring Activision Blizzard along with its massive shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch.