With the release of its latest roadmap, 343 Industries delivered a mixed bag of news to Halo Infinite players. The long-awaited couch co-op mode for the campaign, a Halo series staple, is no longer in the works.
In a developer update video, Head of Creative Joseph Staten stated, “we have had to make the difficult decision not to ship campaign split-screen co-op.” The decision was made by the studio in order to reallocate resources to other priorities, including “experiences we’re not quite ready to talk about yet.”
Those who enjoy split-screen co-op will be disappointed. While that experience is still available in some games, such as Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket League, and It Takes Two, it doesn’t appear to be as common as it once was.
Another Halo Infinite disappointment occurred when 343 revealed that season 3 will not begin in November after all. Season 2 will now last more than ten months, thanks to the studio’s decision to postpone it until March.
On the bright side, 343 will include an online campaign co-op mode in a winter update on November 8th. There will also be a mission replay option. Another welcome addition for players is the inclusion of the long-delayed Forge custom game mode in the update.
While Forge will initially be in open beta, 343 has stated that it will be available indefinitely. This should help to open up the game and provide players with a lot more to do.
In addition, on November 8th, 343 will release two new maps, a free 30-tier battle pass, and a game mode called Covert One Flag. Another welcome addition will be the Match XP beta. While 343 did not elaborate, it appears likely that you will be able to make faster battle pass progress than simply gaining XP for completing specific challenges.
In the future, 343 Industries intends to launch new arena and Big Team Battle maps on March 7th, when season 3 begins. Other planned updates include a Shroud Screen piece of equipment, in-game reporting tools, a Forge custom game browser, more game modes, and new events.