Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer is live, and while players have been encountering some issues, it seems overall a success for the franchise. Many have claimed that the mode has been able to retain the feeling of competitive Halo from days of old while perfectly including the many advancements that have taken place in shooters over the past decade. However, those looking to check out the Campaign co-op mode will have to wait a while.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Joseph Staten, Head of Creative at 343 Industries, confirmed that the studio plans to “ship campaign co-op in Season Two, and our goal is to ship Forge with Season Three.”
While this would have been alright by itself, news has now come out that Season 1 will be extended from three months to six. This means Halo players are going to have to wait longer than planned for the Campaign co-cop mode. Staten went on during the interview to say,
“Those remain goals. Those remain targets. And we can’t commit to any hard dates right now, because as we’re seeing with this multiplayer beta, other things might move up in the priority stack for us.”
The statement also alludes to the fact that Forge mode, the versatile built-in map editing suite, won’t be available until late summer. Staten has said that these are early estimates as other issues are currently on priority. One of the most significant points of criticism Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is facing currently is the slow progression of the Battle Pass.
If it turns out that our progression system just isn’t working the way that we intended, if we need to move some of these bigger rocks sooner, then we as a team will make those decisions and will clearly communicate to our fans why we’re doing certain things.
Players have criticized the current progression system, as they need to complete challenges during the matches to earn any XP. 343 Industries is already making tweaks to the pass and plans to add a more standalone progression system in the future. We’re hoping this doesn’t further delay the arrival of the classic Halo co-op mode that so many fans have been eagerly awaiting.
About Halo Infinite
Halo Infinite is an upcoming first-person shooter game developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios.
It is the sixth entry in the series and serves as a re-imagining of the franchise, with new features, mechanics and gameplay elements. As for the story, it is going to be a direct continuation of Master Chief’s story from Halo 5: Guardians, in his “greatest adventure yet to save humanity!”
The game was originally cited to be released alongside the upcoming Xbox Series consoles but has since been delayed to 2021.