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Halo Infinite won't have co-op Campaign and Forge at launch

Windows Central 21 August, 2021 - 03:10am

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Halo Infinite won't include a co-op campaign and its Forge map-building mode at launch, Microsoft has confirmed. The news marks the latest setback for its upcoming flagship shooter, currently scheduled to release on Xbox consoles and PCs later in 2021.

343 Industries outlined its plans via its August Development Update video on Friday, recapping the latest on development. "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," stated Halo Infinite creative head, Joseph Staten. "And we also made the tough call to delay shipping Forge past launch as well."

The move axes launch plans for the co-op campaign, now set to arrive via a free post-launch update. Forge, its official level editor that allows players to create custom maps and modes, will also be absent on launch day. Staten states that the team aims to ship co-op campaign support via a "Season 2" update, scheduled for three months after launch. Forge is expected to launch six months after release via its "Season 3" content offerings.

"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, and all of its different configurations. And when we looked at these two experiences, campaign co-op and Forge, we made the determination they're just not ready," Staten said.

"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. So we're gonna keep campaign co-op and Forge in the oven for a little bit longer and then when they're ready we're gonna release them as a part of our seasonal roadmap, next year."

The next Halo installment remains on track for a holiday launch, although its latest launch shakeup marks another hit the project. The title witnessed a formal delay in mid-2020, responding to widespread criticism over its first gameplay demo. While once positioned as its launch-day blockbuster to accompany Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S last November, developer 343 Industries cited multiple factors, including challenges posed by the ongoing global pandemic.

Halo Infinite's E3 2021 showing focused almost exclusively on multiplayer, set to launch as a separate free-to-play experience on console and PC. The focus now shifts to Halo Infinite's single-player story campaign, with its paid $60 release now centered around what's next for Master Chief. Details remain scarce on what's to come, with its new open-world experience is yet to resurface, following that first 2020 showcase.

343 Industries hosted a public technical test for Halo Infinite last month, providing a first hands-on opportunity for a small sample of fans. The developer has committed to additional pre-release tests over weeks to come, expected to offer an extended dive into its multiplayer experience.

While Halo Infinite won't be getting campaign co-op and Forge at launch, there's still an expansive single-player campaign and new multiplayer experience slated for 2021.

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Halo Infinite Won't Have Campaign Co-Op At Launch

Kotaku 21 August, 2021 - 03:10am

Once again, 343 said it was completely and “100 percent committed” to launching Halo Infinite later this year across all confirmed platforms. Still, nobody had an actual release date to share beyond the Holiday 2021 timeframe that’s been floated around. The studio hopes to have a public release date “soon.” For now, keep waiting and just know that, according to 343, Craig the Brute is no longer clean-shaven and is looking good with a bunch of hair. That’s nice.

You won’t be able to play Halo Infinite co-op or edit multiplayer maps at launch

The Verge 21 August, 2021 - 03:10am

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.

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