While the surprise done by 343 Industries last August took fans off guard with the delay of Halo Infinite to 2021, there was still lingering concern for the state of the game if it will meet the players’ expectations following the egregious state of the game during the initial story campaign demo. But following two separate multiplayer flight tests, fans are hungry for more.
Not to mention the more recent Halo Infinite story overview trailer the game studio uploaded, many of the issues face first were resolved with the launch of the game next month. But, as the internet is aware, Halo Infinite multiplayer is in beta and available across all Xbox connected platforms. Additionally, embargos begin to lift on first-hand playtime with the story campaign for all major outlets.
But speaking to Eurogamer, there is a saddening realization for post-launch content. Previously, Forge Mode & Campaign Co-Op were confirmed to be missing from the initial release and will instead ship later on. 343 Industries Head of Creative Joseph Staten states the cooperative mode is coming sometime in May 2022 and Forge Mode is to surface well beyond that – timeframes that overshoot initial expectations.
At the time that we talked about campaign co-op and Forge I said our goal is to ship campaign co-op in Season 2 and our goal is to ship Forge with Season 3. Yes, we are extending Season 1. So our goal still remains what I said before, which is to ship campaign co-op with Season 2 and Forge with Season 3.
But 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. 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 why we’re doing certain things.
“Staten adds, It’s going to be a constant challenge to address some of those bigger rocks that I know players have completely legitimate feedback about. But we’ve got a couple big things that we still have to deliver to fans: campaign co-op and our Forge toolset are really big promises that we’ve made that we need to make good on.”
Are you upset with the new discovery for both Co-Op Campaign & Forge Mode shipping later than initially promised?
Halo Infinite officially launches on December 8, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.