Cindy Walker via The New York Times:

“Having Halo at our launch would have been tremendous,” said Cindy Walker, an Xbox spokeswoman. But “we are not reliant on massive exclusive titles to drive console adoption. Our players will have thousands of games from four generations of Xbox available to play on launch day.”

With Halo delayed, it doesn’t seem like they have much of a choice. We’ve heard all about the power of the Series X, this next-gen experience they’re trying to deliver, etc and now they’re having to push a launch that’ll be made up of older games and ones also available on PS5 and PC. Not a great position to be in.