Halo Infinite campaign co-op beta

Halo Infinite could be great but I’m tired of waiting

The latest Halo Infinite roadmap is here, as is the now-familiar cycle of emotions brought about by a 343 Industries update. It goes something like this: excitement over a new collection of Halo Infinite news, reservation when you start to analyze that news, agreeable acceptance of a few good tidbits of information, concern that some of the updates are starting to look a little worrisome, then disappointment once again. once you realize this is all you’re going to get for the next six months to a year.

The last Halo Waypoint Update (opens in a new tab) was especially upsetting in that regard as we learned that season 3 will be delayed from November this year to March 2023 and that 343 Industries abandons Halo Infinite’s split-screen co-op entirely. Naturally, the players feel that the goal posts have moved once again; the fact that the cancellation of local co-op was quietly hidden in a 30-minute update video doesn’t help either. The most frustrating thing about all of this, though, is that Halo Infinite could be a great game; I just don’t want to wait any longer for all these promised improvements.

RIP couch co-op

Halo Infinite Campaign Cooperative Beta

(Image credit: Xbox Game Studios)

Halo 5 Guardians was the first Halo game to launch without couch co-op, with 343 removing the mode in part to ensure the game can hit 60fps. But a Halo game without split-screen co-op is a Halo game in name only, and fans of the franchise expressed their disappointment. As such, 343 Industries responded loudly and declaratively to the backlash. studio founder Bonnie Ross took the DICE Summit 2017 stage and discussed what the team had learned from the debacle. “It’s incredibly painful for the community and for us,” she said. “It erodes trust with the community, as the community is part of our world building… I would say that for any FPS in the future, we will always have split screen.”

I would say that for any FPS in the future, we will always have split screen

Bonnie Ross of 343 Industries in 2017

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