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Halo Infinite is getting its “biggest, most robust update since launch” on November 8. Long-awaited features, new toys, more maps and a third season are all on the horizon for the latest Halo game.
Community director Brian Jarrard sat down with head of creative Joseph Staten and head of live content Sean Baron in a September 2022 update video to talk about all the things to come (you can watch the full 30-minute discussion at the bottom of this article). Overall, the goal of this update is to make Halo Infinite feel “more rewarding.” It comes into play with small but important additions like match XP, which has been a player request for a long time. You can also expect plenty of other quality of life improvements.
Halo Waypoint has the hands-on image you see above that breaks down the big additions in the winter update and the game’s third season, dubbed Echoes Within. The winter season runs from 8 November to 7 March. During that time, Halo Infinite will receive campaign network co-op (which just saw a test flight) and the ability to replay story missions, along with a free 30-tier Battle Pass and two new maps called Detachment and Argyle. These could be good places to play Covert One Flag, a new Capture the Flag mode that aims to offer a “spies versus mercs” flavor by giving teams asymmetrical loadouts. Also coming in the winter update is Infinite’s Forge beta, which has “up to 7,000 objects” to play with, plus logic nodes for programming different scenarios and game types. Considering that Forge footage was leaked way back in February, it’s good that players can finally get their hands on it.
However, the same cannot be said about co-op co-op. Although network collaboration is coming soon, local split screen support has been canceled. “To improve and accelerate ongoing live service development and to better accommodate player feedback and quality of life updates, we have reallocated studio resources and are no longer working on local split-screen collaboration for campaigns,” explained 343 Industries. It will surely be a disappointment to some fans, but at least there will be more content.
Season 3: Echoes Within runs from March 7th to June 27th. Several new maps, intended for Arena and Big Team Battle, are included, plus the radar-immediate Shroud Screen and the rumored M392 Bandit Rifle. Echoes Within will also add new fracture and narrative events, as well as several updates to the Forge beta, which will still be ongoing at the time.