Halo Infinite will launch without campaign co-op or Forge Mode, will return months after

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Aug 23, 2021 12:13 PM

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!

How do you feel about no campaign co-op or forge mode at launch?

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00:36 Aug-24-2021

They should delay the game again until everything has been developed. Seriously, what the f*ck have they been doing for the whole year? How did they expect to initially release it last year?

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23:18 Aug-23-2021

Sounds like early access for a AAA full price title

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15:16 Aug-23-2021

I've been playing the entire Halo franchise in campaign Co-OP with a very dear friend since we were teenagers. This is a dealbreaker for me, we were both looking forward to beating this one together as well. Goodbye Game Pass sub (yes I know there's other stuff on there, but we played Halo).

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14:09 Aug-23-2021

Personally I am bothered on principle, because they are releasing unfinished game, so they can rush it early and just promise "roadmap" for which you can only hope they will stick with. But that totally won't stop them charging full price, instead of lowering it proportionally to missing features. It is like you would buy a car and features like AC, ABS, ability to lower windows,... come few months after you purchase it. Brings back bit of Cyberpunk vibe.... I am not saying game will be bad, but this most certainly doesn't indicate that developers were given enough time and neither does it indicate that Microsoft cares about shipping complete game. Just saying.

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13:25 Aug-23-2021

Lets release a brand new car. Buyer in cashop. Where is The engine?! Well you have to wait 3months for that. But while you wait you can watch your cars chassi!

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12:54 Aug-23-2021

Who cares about co-op, I am happy that single player campaign is coming

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18:02 Aug-23-2021

Actually, a lot of people do...

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15:33 Aug-25-2021

Yes, you are right..I never played co-op though

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23:44 Aug-23-2021

you are joking right?


beside the pvp multiplayer, coop is the main feature of Halo series

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15:34 Aug-25-2021

Oh is it..I always played previous halo games solo

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22:41 Aug-25-2021

as did i actually, still waiting for my friend to get some free time so that we can do full coop run thru the games

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12:37 Aug-23-2021

It's okay by me as long as they ship it in the end with all the bugs worked out. I knew something like this would happen because of the pandemic.

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