Halo Infinite Developers Considered Delaying the Game Again

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ComicBook.com 22 August, 2021 - 10:59am 51 views

Is Halo infinite out?

Halo Infinite is still coming out, but it'll be a little light on extras. Microsoft wanted Halo Infinite to be an Xbox Series launch game last November, but developer 343 Industries delayed the game until 2021. ... Staten did confirm that the game will come with single-player campaign and multiplayer. CNETHalo Infinite won't launch with campaign co-op, Forge

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Halo Infinite Development Update (August)

GameSpot 22 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

Halo Infinite Delays Another Big Feature

ComicBook.com 22 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

343 Industries announced this week that it would be delaying the addition of campaign co-op to Halo Infinite when the full game releases later this year. While this omission was one that bothered fans, 343 promised that co-op would still be coming a few months after release. Sadly, this wasn't the only feature for Halo Infinite that was revealed to have been delayed, with another longtime component of the Halo series not coming until much later in 2022.

Specifically, that second feature that will be lacking in Halo Infinite at release is Forge. For those who don't know what Forge is, it's essentially a creator tool within Halo Infinite that allows players to construct their own unique maps, game modes, and other features. Forge has been a massive part of the Halo series dating back to Halo 3, so for it to be cut out here at the launch of Infinite is something that hasn't sat well with many.

As for when Forge could be arriving, 343 Industries said that it's currently planning to bring in this aspect in Season 3 of Halo Infinite. For now, Seasons are planned to last about three months in total for the game. This means that Forge should be expected to show up in Halo Infinite roughly six months after it finally hits store shelves, meaning that a release in mid-2022 seems likely.

While all of this is somewhat disappointing, 343 did also continue to state this week that Halo Infinite is very much on track to launch before the end of the year. Although this release will come at the cost of these aforementioned features that have been delayed, after originally being pushed back from its 2020 launch window, I'm sure that many fans will be more than happy to play Halo Infinite in any capacity in the coming months.

For now, Halo Infinite still only has a broad "Holiday 2021" release window. Whenever it does drop, it will be releasing on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Are you someone that is greatly upset to see Forge not included with Halo Infinite on day one? Let me know all of your thoughts either down in the comments or over on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

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Halo Infinite to skip Forge and co-op campaign at the time of launch

Republic World 22 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

343 Industries announced this week that it would be delaying the addition of campaign co-op to Halo Infinite when the full game releases later this year. While this omission was one that bothered fans, 343 promised that co-op would still be coming a few months after release. Sadly, this wasn't the only feature for Halo Infinite that was revealed to have been delayed, with another longtime component of the Halo series not coming until much later in 2022.

Specifically, that second feature that will be lacking in Halo Infinite at release is Forge. For those who don't know what Forge is, it's essentially a creator tool within Halo Infinite that allows players to construct their own unique maps, game modes, and other features. Forge has been a massive part of the Halo series dating back to Halo 3, so for it to be cut out here at the launch of Infinite is something that hasn't sat well with many.

As for when Forge could be arriving, 343 Industries said that it's currently planning to bring in this aspect in Season 3 of Halo Infinite. For now, Seasons are planned to last about three months in total for the game. This means that Forge should be expected to show up in Halo Infinite roughly six months after it finally hits store shelves, meaning that a release in mid-2022 seems likely.

While all of this is somewhat disappointing, 343 did also continue to state this week that Halo Infinite is very much on track to launch before the end of the year. Although this release will come at the cost of these aforementioned features that have been delayed, after originally being pushed back from its 2020 launch window, I'm sure that many fans will be more than happy to play Halo Infinite in any capacity in the coming months.

For now, Halo Infinite still only has a broad "Holiday 2021" release window. Whenever it does drop, it will be releasing on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

Are you someone that is greatly upset to see Forge not included with Halo Infinite on day one? Let me know all of your thoughts either down in the comments or over on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

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343 Industries Talked About, But Decided Against Delaying Halo Infinite Past 2021

Pure Xbox 22 August, 2021 - 08:10pm

"To have a beginning you need to pick a moment..."

We were presented with the disappointing news earlier this week that Halo Infinite won't include either campaign co-op or Forge at launch later this year, with both features set to arrive as seasonal post-launch updates.

The reason is that "they're just not ready", and so the intent is now to add them in a three-to-six month period following the release of the game. It's a disappointing blow, for sure, but developer 343 Industries advised it didn't want to delay the launch of Halo Infinite again, as the campaign and the multiplayer are "in really good shape for Holiday [2021]".

Here's what Halo Infinite's head of creative, Joseph Staten, had to say about the decision:

"We talked about [delaying the game] but where we landed was, Halo Infinite is a live game, so it isn't really ever done. It's going to progress and evolve from season-to-season, we talk about launch being the beginning of that journey, but to have a beginning you need to pick a moment and actually begin."

"Ultimately, we decided we've been working on this game for a really long time, our fans have been waiting for this game for a really long time. With solo campaign and our first season of free-to-play multiplayer in really good shape for holiday, we didn't want to delay anymore. Let's get started and we'll continue to evolve from there, season-to-season."

Reaction to the news of campaign co-op and Forge's absence at launch has been understandably negative, but then again we're eager to get our hands on the game ASAP, especially as the recent Halo Infinite Technical Preview (which focused on multiplayer) seemed to be in very good shape, and was a real ton of fun to play.

How are you feeling about it all right now? Do you think 343 Industries should have just delayed Halo Infinite past 2021 if all the features weren't ready, or are you happy to wait for co-op and Forge in the months following release?

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If it meant delay the game or cut coop

They made the right call. In my eyes, I mean coop for me is the life blood of Halo campaign but they are gonna add it later

Ultimately really poor messaging. Could've said this at E3 and really built a nice marketing campaign around it. All about the messaging, telling fans early & managing expectations. I'm guessing this is why a collector's or limited edition isn't yet available for preorder

Again, this is dropping into gamepass at no additional fee. Whatever drops this Autumn is a big deal and I'm happy to have it.

Sony adds extra bells and whistles to their stuff over time and everyone lauds it as amazing (new game + and photo mode) even after every one of their games is delayed.

Plus, infinite was always supposed to have a live service/platform element to it so it makes perfect sense.

I honestly see no down side here.

Although I rarely use the features, co-op and forge are extremely important launch features. Avoiding campaign spoilers for around 3 months will be impossible and so the campaign is ruined for all those co-op players. Meanwhile without forge, custom games are pretty much fully gone as well and there's a high chance the number of multiplayer maps will be limited too. Delay is essential.

The problem will be whether or not what's there justifies the price in the mind of mainstream people because multiplayer will be free.

See even if us core fans enjoy the campaign the mainstream narrative will be, "it's not enough", " game's early access even though they delayed it a year" etc. unless it's an amazing campaign that's 15-20 hours long. Or they plan to add new ones every year for free like Avengers gets.

Will it be more like Halo 3's campaign or 5's? If it's like 5, for $60 and that's all it ever is, it'll severely damage the series' reputation.

I’ll mostly pay for the campaign solo, so no impact for me. But understand that this is a big deal for other players, especially couch co-op

These omissions are sad but temporary. If anything it's odd they won't just launch multiplayer first by itself.

I don't want to add to the negativity because there are plenty of clowns out there who look for any reason to hate on halo....but it does make you question wtf they have been doing and how was this originally going to be released last year.....

At the end of the day though I would prefer they delay things than release things in a mess

I ain't bothered about forge personally but I would of liked to play this either couch co op with the missus or online with my mate

I’m shocked 6 years they have had to make this game, they are using the pandemic as an excuse now. 343 don’t have the best track record with halo so far. Glad I’m more of a gears fan.

All the saddos that want a delay, you can have your coop and forge at launch. Just wait with playing until it's there. In the meantime I'll have been enjoying multiplayer and campaign for six months 😅.

Honestly I can't believe people can be so dumb as to want a delay to include those things at launch. Releasing without those doesn't cost you anything, but it provides a big benefit to those who don't care as much about those features. It's just as stupid as wanting a game delayed by 10 years because it will run better on next gen hardware.

I'm glad they're not gonna delay it, Halo needs to come out this holiday.. It sucks for people who wanna play co op but it's still coming 3 monthes later after release, I don't think you can delay Halo again just because of the co op..

You'd think they'd have showed some campaign footage by now if they're so confident this will release this year , we got to see horizon forbidden west gameplay & that looked great & it's still rumoured to be delayed to next year

"It's a live game, it's never meant to be done"

My hate for live games aside. If this is the case, why bother to delay it to 2021 in the first place?

What's changed in the last year?

Personally, I’d be happy to wait for the full experience.

It might lead me to enjoy Multiplayer at launch and then wait to play the campaign when coop is launched so I can get the best experience of it with my son.

Regardless of my personal plans all this does is raise questions about 343…

@Dezzy70 definitely the only other studio run this badly is rare, I can’t believe they have been wasted by Microsoft for 20 years. Sot is just 🥱 to me other studios making their games and everwild being restarted. To name but a few things what a studio with Nintendo but Microsoft have wasted their talent they should be making games on the same level as naughty dog by now but they are not.

@The_New_Butler Surely you’re not comparing NG+ to a mode for Halo that has been in every previous game and was fully expected to be in it?

@FatalBubbles yes, why not?

It is a mode that some use, many do not. It is not critical to the game and it will turn up a few months later.

I don't see the huge difference.

In fact I find this whole 'uproar' over this to be a bit pathetic.

@The_New_Butler I mean it’s obvious you’ve never played the campaigns with friends then.

They’re releasing a half baked game because they were incapable of completing a game in 6 years.

Adding a mode that was announced and supposed to be in the game because you failed to get the job done is not the same as adding NG+ in any form or fashion.

I view this attempted argument as deflection and trying to pin something similar on Sony. Sony has had a crapload of bad press they deserved but this is soooo far from similar.

@FatalBubbles I have played the first two games with friends. I had fun but I also found it a bit weird that a story about a lone soldier suddenly had two of them in it.

You have no idea if this is half baked or not! You've had precisely zero play time with the campaign like everyone else. Who knows how much work they have put in to get the game to where it is now in the last year?

As for the Sony thing, I think it is very apt. Given that the Sony MO has been to delay games multiple times and then have separate modes added later. Ghost of Tsushima for instance didn't have its mp mode at launch the only real difference is there was no expectation there. There was an expectation of mp in TLOU2 but instead it is over a year later with no sight nor sound of it and people are begging for it and will give Naughty Dog as much time as they need but the same standard isn't applied to 343.

And it is an undisputed fact that virtually every one of Sony's flagship PS5 announcements from last year are now delayed and it is arguable that Sony were being disingenuous when they made it look like those games (especially GOW and GT) had any chance of dropping in 2021. A ploy I believe to make sure MS didn't get the jump on them and to sell consoles in the first year.

But 343 must die because co-op is 3 months later than the main game...

@The_New_Butler The game is half baked because they aren’t releasing what they said they were going to. How is that disputable?

Sucker Punch adding a free unannounced MP mode should be applauded because it’s awesome. TLoU2 MP was never announced as coming with the main game. Even back in 2019 they said it wasn’t releasing with the game. So both of your examples are false.

I’m not sure how Sony delaying games has anything to do with Halo not getting a mode everyone was expecting. It seems like some whataboutism.

343 and MS just screwed the pooch here. No way around it.

@FatalBubbles they are releasing it, just 3 months later. 12 weeks! If you are that bothered just wait.

No your perception is just different. Just because one was expected and the others weren't you have made a judgement on the internal process behind those decisions without knowing a thing about them.

Ultimately all three launched without modes some people would have liked. For what reason we can only speculate.

The reason the delays are applicable is because everyone is banging on about the game not being ready. They are delaying part of it to make sure it is ready and everyone is losing their mind. Sony delays whole games over and over for 'polish' and everyone is OK with that and it is a total double standard based on people's perceptions of something they have little to no understanding of.

@Dezzy70 I think that's totally fair.

If this game drops and it is an utter car crash or even just a bit mediocre then serious questions need to be asked internally.

I find the idea of studios getting 'as much time as they need' fascinating too because in an ideal world that is great but project management is key otherwise nothing gets released.

This is where I feel Everwild is with Rare right now because of the way devs have spoken about the lack of direction and focus about the game.

Ultimately a studio should be judged on results and I think Infinite has probably been a huge undertaking but if they have got this right then they take the plaudits and win back some trust. If they have it wrong then that's when questions will have to be asked.

@The_New_Butler You can't use Game Pass as an excuse as there will be plenty of people that still buy the game, and while I could care less, plenty of people consider Co-Op Campaign to be an essential feature they've used throughout the whole series.

Again, I could care less as I don't really play much of anything with people online anymore, so I doubt I would have played the Campaign in co-op anyways. Still, this is a lose/lose situation for Microsoft as people will be extremely disappointed if it releases without essential features, and if they delay it again it will be borderline embarrassing since this is their flagship title and it's already been delayed for a year once.

Honestly, I'd delay it if only because they also have Forza Horizon 5 coming out. Yes, it would be disappointing for people, but at least people would be getting a complete game eventually and Forza Horizon is easily big enough to carry the torch so to speak for a while.

@Dezzy70 the only good thing that came from Kinect was that Han Solo song it’s always a good laugh. The coalition are my only favourite Microsoft studio and gears is my only favourite franchise on Xbox. Sometimes I just wish Xbox had more for me 😔.

@KilloWertz I can use game pass. Anyone could sub for 1 month and get through the campaign if they wanted to, there is no need to buy thus game.

@Dezzy70 well they don’t have to delay a year. If they just delayed the 3 months they are saying then they can launch with Co-Op at least which would be a much better look. Plus, as you say, less FPS competition in early 2022. Though I feel like Halo doesn’t need to worry too much about the others especially as it’s on Gamepass and they aren’t.

For me, the Halo campaign IS co-operative and I wouldn’t want to play it single-player.

@Dezzy70 yea not sure about how the game will evolve over time but would love to see the other studios add their touch to it; that could be cool (and yea they could help speed things up a bit!).

I have no trust in 343i. I will stick to Halo 5 mp until this game is completed.

Goodbye 343, I'll be taking my gamepass SSD to another castle.

@The_New_Butler I’m just unable to comprehend how you equate extra modes that were NEVER announced for the games with something we were told would be in it. That’s some serious mental gymnastics.

@The_New_Butler True, but if that was truly the case for everybody, Microsoft wouldn't release any games for sale digitally or on disc. Once again, plenty of people will buy the game and be disappointed that it's missing two essential features when it could have been delayed again.

@Dezzy70 Even if they just delayed it to include Co-Op Campaign and then wait on Forge, it would release well before next Fall. People would still be disappointed, but it would minimize it at least. Even waiting on Forge, it would likely be out before the Fall. That is if they actually meet the time frames they laid out there.

@FatalBubbles The only difference is the messaging.

You still get a game on day one and extra modes added later. I don't see how that is hard to understand.

But you also seem to be suggesting that I am having a go at Sony for this. When all I'm doing is pointing out that it appears to be total hypocrisy from gamers.

The only thing I have said I am unhappy about with either situation is Sony making out things like GOW had any hope of being a 2021 release. Other than this I haven't actually criticised Sony. I have simply said the situation is similar and Sony get a pass but 343 are getting put to the sword before the game is even released.

@KilloWertz given the facts I’ve seen a ton of polls like this one around the net right now an every one of them “don’t delay the game” is winning. I’m really not sure how many people are going to be as disappointed as you saying. Like I get what you are saying but literally look at what’s winning here. Maybe they will be but clearly they’d rather play the game then wait.

@KilloWertz They release games like that to give people choice. The eco-system would fall flat on its face - even worse than the X1 if they tried to force people into the sub.

The point is the option is there. Nobody 'has' to buy this game to play it. £8 will get the campaign for a month and the MP is free.

If you decide to buy it the co-op will be added in a few short months and all that unwarranted anger can disappear.

For me, I don’t mind not having the coop campaign at launch. I play it with my son and all, but single player seems to be the intended campaign experience. The story goes kind of dumb when trying to justify both characters and often ignores the second character completely. Like I said, it’s fun to play coop with my son, and I will when it comes out, but it completely detracts from the story experience for me. My first playthrough would be single player whether it launched with the coop or not.

I give more of a crap about co-op than multiplayer (which I won't touch because they always bungle it for Oceania), so I'm fairly salty about this news. Only redeeming feature is that I don't have to pay* for it.

Even with the defence of COVID, they've been working on this game for many, many years. And when they approach the finish line and still say they can't get it all across said line, I'm left with very, very low expectations for this game.

I hope I'm wrong, but better to be pleasantly surprised than bitterly disappointed.

* Still paying for Game Pass.

@Grumblevolcano Wasn't Halo 3 the only game to have Forge at launch?

How can you have a game held for delay months before it's set to release, all the marketing programs are already locked and running, you delay not just months but an entire year, and then when that year comes up, it's STILL not ready, and you have to release it incomplete, we'll patch the rest in later?! How incomplete was this 5 years old project a year ago, weeks before intended launch with management having no clue it was so rough it made cyberpunk look good?

@The_New_Butler This is one of reasons not as big of a fan of gamepass this idea of like “it’s free” so it’s all gravy. Like to me I would much rather spend $100 on a special game then get a meh game for free. Not saying halo going to be meh I’m more so saying my concern is due to the cheapness of gamepass there’s no pressure to actually deliver those generational type single player experiences cus hey it’s the best value in gaming.

@Yfs11six otoh there's returnal the roguelite shmup and ratchet and clank 8 hour adventure for $70. Quality though they may be, there's an argument to be made that they're just as stingy an offering as a cut corners for Game pass deal.

But halo isn't slipshod because it's game pass. It's because it's 343. At $100 they probably would have released the unfinished game a year ago and patched it together later. Poor Staten sounds like the point man picking up the pieces of a project a lot more broken than we even thought it was. We went from "I feel really good about halo" to "delayed" to (a year later) it's still not ready yet. Doesn't sound like it was anywhere close to release when Phil thought it was golden and the monster/taco bell/Doritos marketing was already active. Maybe Microsoft should buy cdpr to finish halo lol

@The_New_Butler You and I have agreed on a lot of stuff where people didn’t agree with us but I’m sorry I just can’t see eye to eye here.

It’s not a messaging thing at all.

One case (Halo) is they said it would have this and it doesn’t. The other cases did not claim they would launch with something and didn’t.

@NEStalgia You would have to skip all the cuteness and run straight through levels to do R&C in 8 hours. Lol. I am no fan of the $70 price tag.

@Yfs11six I’ve had a couple friends also voice this concern to me about GP. They think it will quickly become quantity over quality with games because it’s so cheap. I want to tell them they’re wrong but time will tell.

@FatalBubbles I hope I’m wrong and Microsoft delivers incredible single player games. To be fair gamepass may not be meant for me there’s a lot of people who love the cheaper price tag and are okay with a lot of solid experiences. Personally I play games for the memorable experiences I love the single player narrative driven game and I wish Microsoft was doing that as well so think selfishly am a bit bummed cus I think to myself man imagine it they have a last of us god of war horizon ghost etc I would have double the incredible narrative experiences but it may also just be a situation where that’s not Microsoft’s aim as well. We shall see I’m really hoping we get some though.

@Yfs11six I love single player narrative driven games as well. With not much coming out from Sony lately I’ve been getting great mileage of GP so I won’t complain about it for now.

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Halo Infinite Developers Considered Delaying the Game Again

Thurrott.com 22 August, 2021 - 10:59am

Developers at 343 Industries, which is the studio behind the upcoming release of Halo Infinite, have revealed that another delay for the game was considered at one point. While the game's current launch window of "Holiday 2021" now seems officially locked in, the studio has said that this wasn't always the case and that conversations were had this year about pushing Infinite back even further.

News of these delay considerations for Halo Infinite were detailed by 343 Industries in a new development update video for the game. Perhaps the most notable thing that this video revealed is that Halo Infinite won't contain both campaign co-op or Forge at launch, both of which are major features that have appeared in previous Halo titles. Rather than delaying the game as a whole, though, 343 said it opted to just push back these specific aspects to later seasons in order to still make the Holiday 2021 release window.

Speaking more to these delays and the reasons why 343 opted not to push Halo Infinite back once again, the studio's creative lead, Joseph Staten, opened up about the conversations that have been had in recent months. "Yeah, I mean we talked about doing [delaying the game]. But where we landed is that Halo Infinite is a live game, so it isn't ever really "done." It's going to progress and evolve from season to season. We talk about launch being the beginning of that journey, but to have a beginning, you need to pick a moment and actually begin," Staten said of the reason to delay specific features rather than the entire game. "Ultimately, we decided that we've been working on this game for a really long time. Our fans have been waiting on this game for a really long time. With solo campaign and our first season of free-to-play multiplayer in really good shape for holiday, we didn't want to delay anymore. Let's get started and we'll continue to evolve from there."

As mentioned, Halo Infinite still doesn't have a release date just yet, but we might learn more later this week when Xbox holds a new live stream in proximity to Gamescom 2021. Whenever it does launch, it will come to Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

So what do you think about Halo Infinite? Are you glad that it's still releasing later this year, or would you have preferred to see yet another full-blown delay? Let me know either down in the comments or over on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

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Halo Infinite Will be Missing Both Campaign Co-Op and Forge Mode at Launch

XboxAchievements 21 August, 2021 - 03:44pm

Developer 343 Industries has announced that Halo Infinite will ship without campaign co-op or the sandbox creative Forge mode, meaning that two fairly significant components will be missing from the game at launch. Apparently, campaign co-op is set to arrive by Season Two in Halo Infinite's content roadmap, at the earliest.

This could translate to roughly three months or more for campaign co-op, and potentially six months (during Season Three) for the addition of Forge, with targeted rollout “subject to change”. 343i explained the decision to delay campaign co-op and Forge in the August Update below.

"Our number one priority is making sure whatever we ship, whenever we ship it, it meets the right quality bar across all platforms: Xbox devices, PC in all its different configurations," said Joseph Staten, Head of Creative on Halo Infinite (via Eurogamer), adding that it was a "really tough decision".

“When we looked at these two experiences, campaign co-op and Forge, we made the determination they're just not ready,” he added. “And as a studio, we don't want to ship things if they're not ready, so people can play them, have fun, have a nice stable, performant experience.”

Staten stated that Forge will be a “really advanced” toolset in Halo Infinite, giving “people the ability to create a whole bunch of new, innovative, novel experiences. ”Technical complexities" are cited for the primary reason that Forge will be unavailable at launch, with 343i wanting to “take time to get it right”.

As for campaign co-op, complicated save systems and “all the technology that needs to drive this more nonlinear experience,” mean that the developer wants to spend longer on refining the mode. “And that's another reason why it's going to take longer, just to make sure it's quality day-one, and people can jump in and play and have fun,” said Staten.

Halo Infinite is still on course to launch for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC by ‘holiday 2021’, although a specific released still has yet to be announced.

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How Trump uses fundraising emails to remain undisputed leader of the GOP

Forbes 20 August, 2021 - 08:30am

For the record, I have never donated to Trump and publicly "renounced" my long-time Republican Party membership after the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Then on Sunday at 3:00 p.m., the former president invaded my inbox with the faux president title logo. Trump complained how "partners in the Fake News media and Big Tech companies are working overtime to SILENCE me. Your support could not be more important, so I've decided to REACTIVATE your PERSONAL 400%-IMPACT OFFER."

One minute later, on Sunday at 3:01 p.m., an email arrived with a critical subject-line question: "Do you remember when we caught the Democrats, red-handed, spying on my campaign?" The question demanded a "yes" or "no" answer and warned, "I’ll look for your response in 5 MINUTES.” At the bottom was a stern-looking photo titled “Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States.” Seriously, Trump’s demanding tone could scare seniors into donating.

Weekend over, Trump’s Monday afternoon email proclaimed, “I've activated a 300%-IMPACT on ALL gifts made towards the Official Trump Rally Fund.” 

His message was the perfect opportunity to support more COVID super-spreader events with their “300%- IMPACT” on local hospitals.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Save America emails made history with Trump the first former president to call for his successor's resignation in a fundraising blast, which read: “What Joe Biden has done with Afghanistan will go down as one of the greatest defeats in history. HE MUST RESIGN.”

And what do all these “Save America” email blasts have in common? The absence of two words — “former president.” Although the former presidents’ club is more exclusive than Mar-a-Lago, “former” signifies the past and sounds final. Thus, the word is damaging to Trump’s psyche. Worse, “former” is detrimental to fundraising hinged on future hopes that “President Donald J. Trump” can “Save America” by running and winning in 2024 — or by being reinstated.

The latter is not a joke. According to a QAnon conspiracy theory, reinstatement, believed by 30 percent of Republican voters according to one poll, was supposed to have happened on Aug.13 with the Dept. of Homeland Security on high alert.

Undoubtedly, Trump’s emails are too frequent and corny with gimmicks promoting worthless Trump credit cards resembling American Express. Still, the former president deserves credit for his effective, perpetual money machine.

How effective? On July 31, a headline in The Hill read, “Trump helps raise $56 million in first six months of 2021.”  

Money is also raised from DonaldJTrump.com with the headline, “Together, we are rebuilding our nation.” The words appear over a somber “don’t-mess-with-me” Trump face, and fans can support rebuilding by purchasing MAGA/Trump merchandise. But the meat on the site are Trump’s daily news statements.

After banishment from Twitter and Facebook, the former president’s often outrageous outbursts are tweeted by journalists and sometimes widely reported.

Trump utilizes his statement content to test the waters for future fundraising blasts, such as last Sunday night when he first issued his statement advocating that Biden “resign in disgrace.” Then, in typical Trumpian fashion, he concluded: “It [resigning] shouldn’t be a big deal, because he [Biden] wasn’t elected legitimately in the first place!”

There are two kinds of Trump messages. First, ICYMI (in case you missed it), when he links to favorable news reports or op-eds about him. Second, are statements described by four R-words:

Reacting: To a news event with the overtone, “If I were president, that would not have happened” or outright stating that sentiment as a fact.  

Revenge: Trump endorses a candidate running against an officeholder who did not support the “Big Lie” or stand with him after Jan. 6 or who voted for impeachment. With Trump, an elected official is either with him or against him; there is never any middle ground.

Railing: Against some aspect of the government, be it an officeholder, committee, legislation, Cabinet department, agency, policy or entire branch of government. Then it repeats “If I were president….” either outright or inferred.

Reminders: He won the election, but it was stolen. Trump can’t stop reminding everyone of this “fact.” For example, on Aug.16, after railing against the events in Afghanistan, he announced: “The corrupt Presidential Election of 2020 got us here. Never would have happened if I were President!” And again, on Aug. 17, he wrote that Biden was “illegitimately elected and brought great shame, in many ways, to our Country!”

The overarching analysis is that Donald Trump has no specific responsibility and is not beholden to anyone. Therefore, he is free to “lead” Republicans, flirt with 2024, raise millions and repeat “If I were president…” from the backbench without any repercussions.

Trump’s Aug.13  statement, issued on what was supposed to be “reinstatement day,” did not mention the word, but read: “Tragic mess in Afghanistan, a completely open and broken Border, Crime at record levels, oil prices through the roof, inflation rising, and taken advantage of by the entire world—DO YOU MISS ME YET?”

But how can we miss you if you won’t go away?

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