'Halo Infinite' won't have campaign co-op or Forge modes at launch

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Engadget 20 August, 2021 - 02:03pm 58 views

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343 Industries will roll out the modes next year as part of its seasonal roadmap. Right now, the plan is to release campaign co-op in season two (around three months after the game debuts) and Forge in season three (approximately six months after launch). Those plans may change though.

"Our number one priority is making sure that whatever we ship, whenever we ship it, it meets the right quality bar across all platforms," Staten said. "When we looked at these two experiences, campaign co-op and Forge, we made the determination they're just not ready." 

Campaign co-op has long been a staple of the Halo series, with up to four people being able to tackle the main campaign together. In Forge, players can create custom game modes with modified maps and unique rules. 

The delays will likely come as a disappointment to fans, who've already had to wait longer than expected for the next game in the flagship Xbox franchise. Halo Infinite wasn't ready in time for the Xbox Series X/S launch last November. As such, Microsoft delayed the game until a year after it was initially supposed to arrive.

As for the specific Halo Infinite release date, Staten said 343 Industries plans to announce that soon. Along with the single-player campaign, there's a free-to-play multiplayer mode. You'll just have to remain patient a bit longer if you want to play through the campaign with your buddies.

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Halo Infinite will be missing two big features at launch

SlashGear 20 August, 2021 - 08:47pm

Halo Infinite is undoubtedly one of the biggest – if not the biggest – Xbox games of the year, but thus far, it’s had a fairly troubled development. Originally slated to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X last year, Microsoft and 343 Industries ultimately delayed the game into 2021, and now Halo Infinite is expected out during the holiday season. Now, 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo Infinite will be launching without two big features that have been important parts of the franchise for years.

In a lengthy developer update published today, 343’s Joseph Staten revealed that neither campaign co-op nor Forge mode will be available in Halo Infinite on day one. “Unfortunately as we focused the team for shutdown and really focused on a quality experience for launch, we made the really tough decision to delay shipping campaign co-op for launch, and we also made the tough call to delay shipping Forge past launch as well,” Staten said (jump to around 17:05 in the video embedded below for the announcement of these delays).

Instead of launching with the game, Staten says that 343 is targeting a season 2 launch for campaign co-op, while Forge is expected to launch in season 3. Staten also clarified that seasons should last around three months, which means that campaign co-op should arrive around three months after launch, and Forge should be available six months after launch.

These are some fairly big losses for Halo Infinite. Campaign co-op has been core to the Halo experience since the very first Halo game, while Forge is a multiplayer map editor that first launched in Halo 3 and has proven to be very popular in its own right.

While this obviously isn’t great news, there was a silver lining about today’s announcement, as Staten said that 343 is still “100% committed” to meeting Halo Infinite‘s holiday 2021 launch window. In addition, he says that it shouldn’t be too much longer before a precise release date is nailed down, so hopefully, we’ll finally have a release date soon. We’ll let you know when 343 and Microsoft announce the release date for Halo Infinite, so stay tuned for more.

Halo Infinite will launch without campaign co-op or the Forge map-building mode

Gamesradar 20 August, 2021 - 02:13pm

343 is hoping to launch campaign co-op three months after launch

In an extensive development update, Halo Infinite creative lead Joseph Staten explained that campaign co-op and Forge both need some additional polishing time. Both experiences are now due to launch as part of the seasonal roadmap in 2022. Staten says the goal is for campaign co-op to launch in season 2 about three months after launch and for Forge to launch with season 3 roughly six months after Halo Infinite releases.

I probably won't need to remind Halo fans that playing through the campaign with a friend is very much fundamental to the core Halo experience, right alongside PvP multiplayer. Forge is another fan-favorite feature that lets you create your own game mode with an extensive selection of custom maps, rules, and more.

"Unfortunately, as we focused the team for shutdown, and really focused on a quality experience for launch, we made the really tough decision to delay shipping campaign co-op for launch. And we also made the tough call to delay shipping Forge past launch as well," Staten said.

Staten also reaffirmed to fans that despite not having a concrete release date just yet, 343 and Xbox are still "100% committed" to launching Halo Infinite this holiday season with a single-player campaign and free-to-play multiplayer. Furthermore, news on the release date is coming "very soon."

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Halo Infinite's campaign co-op and Forge mode are coming months after launch

PC Gamer 20 August, 2021 - 01:48pm

Some of Halo Infinite's biggest features aren't going to be there on day one.

Campaign co-op is planned for Halo Infinite's Season 2, with each of the game's multiplayer seasons lasting about three months. "Unfortunately, as we focused the team for a quality experience for launch, we made the really tough decision to delay shipping campaign co-op for launch, and we made the tough decision for delaying Forge past launch as well," says creative director Joseph Staten.

Staten says the Forge and co-op just hadn't hit the quality bar they needed to ship, so they'll fit into the seasonal post-launch roadmap. Campaign co-op arriving in season 2 means it should show up about three months after launch—assuming it lands at the start of the season and not the end. Forge is planned for season 3, meaning it will likely be added to the game about six months after launch.

Staten explains the more open-ended nature of Halo Infinite is a big development challenge in terms of "save systems and all the technology that drives this more non-linear experience, and in the co-op experience that's even more complicated. That's another reason why it's going to take longer, just to make sure it's quality."

Some other tidbits from the video: 

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