Two Spartans holding BRs stand at the ready.

August Drop Pod Preview

Our next Drop Pod, coming this coming Tuesday, August 9, will focus on improving the player experience on multiple fronts. This update is set to expand each player’s customization options, include quality of life improvements, and will lay the groundwork for even more community-requested features.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside!

LIVE

VISORS WILL NOW WORK ON ALL CORES

Currently, there are a multitude of visors in the game divided into the 5 armor cores. If you’ve wanted to use the shiny gold Noble visor (which has so far been locked on the Mark V [B] armor core) to complete your appearance on any of your other cores, you’ll be able to make that happen when you land the August Drop Pod.

What this means is that all visors that are currently in the game and all future visors will work on all helmets from all armor cores.

EAGLESTRIKE Night Wisp visor on a Mark V [B] helmet.
A Yoroi Spartan with a golden visor stands in the Armor Hall.
RAKSHASA’s Athena’s Mirror visor on a YOROI helmet.

ACCESSORIES FOR MARK VII HELMETS

Continuing the theme of improving customization options, this Drop Pod will also allow certain Mark VII helmet accessories to be used on multiple Mark VII helmets.

This is in response to player feedback we’ve seen requesting an expansion of Mark VII helmet accessory compatibility. Naturally, this move came with some complexities because most helmet accessories for the Mark VII core are designed to fit a specific helmet, but some fit well on other Mark VII helmets as well.

The live team took some time with our artists to figure out which helmet accessories look the best and fit without being cut off awkwardly or having large holes. Since certain combinations may have large cutouts or gaps, not all Mark VII helmets will be able to use all helmet accessories, but the total number of options has been increased considerably.

If you have already unlocked these helmets and helmet accessories, they can be used automatically. If you unlock them in the future, all possible combinations will be unlocked for you. There will be no need to unlock them per use.

A full list of headgear and helmet accessory combinations will be included in the Drop Pod patch notes when it becomes available.

A Mark VII Spartan stands in the Armor Hall while wearing an attached helmet.
Soldier helmet accessory on a Rampart helmet.
V mark [B]The Stalwart visor from a Mark VII helmet.
A Mark VII Spartan stands in the Armor Hall while wearing a helmet accessory.
Fixation of the Warmaster helmet on the Firefall helmet.
RAKSHASA’s Sapphire front visor on a Mark VII helmet.

MULTIPLAYER

ADDITIONAL RATED PLAYLISTS

On the multiplayer experience front, this update will make it easier for us to roll out more ranked playlists in the future. The kickoff will be Ranked Doubles, which will arrive two weeks after the Drop Pod launches, along with a CSR reset. Additionally, a Team Doubles social playlist will accompany Ranked Doubles on its launch day, meaning Halo Infinite will get double the 2v2 fun.

We will be monitoring the health of double qualifiers and all of our playlists after they are added to the matchmaking lineup. If all playlists continue to work as expected, we will keep these additions and continue to experiment with adding more ranked playlists in the future.

Two Spartans holding BR are ready.

BASE WORKING REGION SELECTION

At the beginning of this blog, we mentioned that we were also laying the groundwork for the future. While there is no player-facing change here single however, this Drop Pod contains much of the legwork needed to enable Region Select in the future. This would allow players to select between all searches in all regions (faster search times) or their local region (better pings).

This feature is still some way off, but players can spot some of the back-end work that has been done to start putting things in place. We’ll have more to share about Region Select as we get closer to its release.

PRESENTATION

CHALLENGES IN THE PAUSE MENU

With this Drop Pod release, your active challenges will be viewable during a match in the pause menu. We know it’s useful to be able to take a quick look at your active challenges (as well as their descriptions) at any point during a match, so we’re very happy to implement this.

A screenshot of the pause menu, showing Challenges on the right hand side.
Note: This placeholder text is not indicative of future challenges.

Please note: this screen will not show the exact numbers (remaining or total) for your Challenges yet. Since challenges currently update at the end of a match, we intentionally chose not to display the numbers to avoid confusion about not seeing them update in real time. We are working to make it so Challenges do score during a match, but we wanted to make this useful first step for all of you as it was ready.

As always, we will have the full patch notes available on the Halo support site (aka.ms/HaloInfiniteUpdate) when the update is released.

Thank you for your continued feedback on our Waypoint forums, Twitter, Reddit, and more as we continue to push to make Halo Infinite the best experience possible. We look forward to seeing you online when the Drop Pod lands next Tuesday, August 9!

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