According to a post on the Russian social media network VK, Halo Online, Microsoft’s experiment with publishing a free-to-play online shooter in Russia, has been cancelled.
It’s a quiet end for 343’s experiment with free-to-play games. The game was developed in partnership with Russian publisher Innova Systems and developer Saber Interactive, who hosted a closed alpha and beta of the game on Innova’s 4games platform in 2015.
It was a game that seemed to mimic Activision’s partnership with Tencent to develop Call of Duty Online for China. In both cases, the developers took a globally popular IP and adapted its gameplay and publishing format for a foreign market.
However, according to a member of the development team going by Fogeyman, Microsoft had “failed to [make] decisions on the future of the project” for the last six months.
Fogeyman says that as a result of these delays, “the current form of Halo Online will not be released.” Saber has removed Halo Online from the 4games platform and suspended its VK page as a result of the cancellation.