One of the biggest and most exciting releases later this year is the return of Halo, and more importantly, a launch on PC too. Thanks to Microsoft and developer 343 Industries, PC players will get to play the new Halo game at the same time as console players, but some major features will be missing at launch.
In a recent Development Update video for Halo Infinite, the developers 343 revealed some interesting information regarding the recent technical test as well as the upcoming launch. More specifically, in order to maintain a Holiday 2021 release, Halo Infinite will be launching without campaign co-op or the iconic Forge Mode.
Thankfully these features aren’t gone forever, and you can expect both modes to release on PC and consoles sometime after launch. Specifically, campaign co-op is planned for Season 2 of Halo Infinite, with Forge Mode launching during Season 3. Since each season is 3 months long, you can expect campaign co-op around 3-6 months after launch, and Forge Mode around 6-9 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,” said Joseph Staten, Creative Director on Halo Infinite.
Halo Infinite’s open environments and less linear structure compared to previous games is a big change for the developer, and even more so for co-op: “that’s complicated when you think about 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.”
What do you think? Are you excited for Halo Infinite? How do you feel about no campaign co-op or forge mode at launch? Are you disappointed? Or not that bothered? Let us know!