343 Industries has delayed the next season of Halo Infinite until March 2023, extending the current season, which began in May, to ten months rather than the three months originally promised. While Halo Infinite players are eager for new content, the long-awaited Forge beta has been postponed and will now open alongside the co-op mode on November 8th.
Forge was supposed to be released in September, and it will allow Halo Infinite players to edit multiplayer levels and create new maps to share with other players. It was extremely popular in past Halo games, and leaks indicate that Forge in Halo Infinite will be a lot of fun for players. On November 8th, 343 Industries will release two new multiplayer maps alongside Forge, both of which were created using the Forge editor.
After a delay from a “late August objective,” campaign co-op and mission replay will be available on November 8th. However, 343 Industries has cancelled plans for a local split-screen co-op mode. “We have reallocated studio resources and are no longer working on local campaign split-screen co-op in order to improve and speed ongoing live service development, as well as to better address player feedback and quality of life updates,” 343 Industries said in a statement to IGN.
While this is disappointing for Halo fans looking to relive the fun of couch co-op, Halo Infinite gamers will be able to team up online via the co-op functionality once the winter update is released on November 8th.
Players have been moaning about Halo Infinite’s XP system since its release, and the forthcoming winter update will add new ways to acquire XP. Instead of being compelled to complete tasks, a new Match XP beta will allow players to level up while also completing the combat pass.
Season 3 will eventually arrive on March 7th, 2023, with new maps for Arena and Big Team Battle, as well as a new shroud screen equipment feature that allows players to disappear from the radar. Halo Infinite will also receive a much-needed in-game reporting mechanism, allowing players to readily denounce cheaters.
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Forge will be a significant test for Halo Infinite, especially given the game’s delayed release and ongoing seasonal delays. Last year, Halo Infinite received a lot of attention, but that attention quickly turned to criticism over cosmetics, the XP system, and a lack of substance. The upcoming Halo Infinite releases appear to be addressing the feedback head on. Let’s just hope they’re now on time.