Halo Infinite Players Worry About the Future After Campaign Co-op Delay
Season 2 of Halo Infinite multiplayer launches this May, but Halo’s two favorite modes are still a long way off. Halo developer 343 Industries has previously stated that the co-op campaign and Forge mode won’t arrive until May 2022, but now the Halo community is dealing with confirmation that the co-op campaign and Forge won’t be coming in Season 2. drops. Season 2, Lone Wolves, brings two new maps, new modes, the return of the King of the Hill, and more cosmetics to Halo Infinite. Following 343’s recent announcement that the co-op campaign will not be coming with the launch of Season 2, Halo Infinite players have taken to social media to share their take on the news.
The reaction has been mostly negative, with many fans saying they have lost hope for the future of Halo Infinite due to the lack of traditional Halo features, the length of the season, and the many issues with the Battle Pass.
I didn’t think I’d say this, but here’s the truth:
Halo Infinite needed to be delayed to close the gap for future content
no cooperative campaign
lack of forge
lack of MP modes
Battle Pass Issuesstrong launch but this season is just too long
just my 2 cents
— Parris (@vicious696) March 4, 2022
Even players who enjoy Halo Infinite’s gameplay struggle to ignore the game’s problems, with some saying the lack of a co-op campaign leaves a “bad taste in the mouth.” On the Halo subredditfans were very upset by the news about the second season, after the first season was already quite difficult.
Halo Infinite is facing a long delay, from late 2020 to December 2021. Last year, Halo Infinite’s Joseph Staten said he was “so proud of the studio and Xbox” for the game’s delay. Seeing some of the content droughts the game is currently facing, some Halo fans can’t help but wonder what state the game was in when Microsoft decided to delay the game.
The campaign of Halo Infinite, despite being frustrated by the limitations of single player, is simply amazing. However, it seems that many people are still waiting to experience the campaign with friends, with Twitter user Lurz Perwoll saying “I wanted to play Coop [sic] with my homies on the first, not the 400th day.”
Many players share the same story, saying that co-op play is essential to completing Halo.
Oops… Co-op campaign delayed, Forge won’t be until Season 3 and only 2 new maps.
I hate to be so negative but I love #HaloInfinite so much. I really lost all confidence in the future of this game. https://t.co/NdKJUczUHE
— Craig Fox (@FoxToTheFuture) March 5, 2022
All my interest and desire to play #HaloInfiniteThe campaign is based on co-op. I’ve always played Halo this way.
Not launching with the game is still a terribly bad decision.
For me, the excitement about Infinite has completely died down. What a disappointment.
— Movie Book Club (@BookClub4Movies) March 7, 2022
I’ve finally come to terms with the fact that halo will never be as fun as halo 3 days and it’s depressing 😞
— Holly (@Hollymatee) March 7, 2022
Other fans support Priority Zero
It wasn’t all negative though, as some fans shared their support for 343 Industries. Some commented on the 343 “Priority Zero” initiative, in which the studio emphasized its focus on work-life balance for its employees. Others were delighted to see 343 finally share some kind of update after a long wait for season 2 and new content.
I support Priority Zero 💙 pic.twitter.com/JCzohPOTZV
— Rose (@Yanderose) March 4, 2022
Nice to see some transparency!
Gives me some hope for the future 🙏🏻
— Covent (@ChrisCovent) March 4, 2022
And, as with any major news story, there were plenty of jokes around. IGN user seen mocked the title choice for the second season, saying, “It’s called lone wolves because there’s still no co-op.” Meanwhile, many people on Twitter have compared Halo Infinite’s numbers on Steam to the number of players in The Master Chief Collection, which launched over seven years ago.
The Master Chief Collection is getting CLOSER and CLOSER to #HaloInfiniteMPcouple numbers lol. We had a very intimate conversation last night. pic.twitter.com/W7LCjXxJNZ
— EckhartsLadder (@EckhartsLadder) March 7, 2022
If you’re still waiting to dive into the Halo campaign before co-op launches, check out the best games to play on Xbox Series X|S while you’re waiting. Or see how the developers are responding to the 30-minute Infinite Campaign Boost.
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Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.