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Halo Infinite’s live service will strive to achieve seasonality as quickly as possible, 343 has confirmed.
This means giving players ‘more of what they want, and get it to them faster with greater consistency’.
The team, Joseph Staten, Head of Creative at 343 Industries, was joined by Sean Baron, who heads up Halo Infinite’s Live Service to chat about the upcoming Winter Update and longer term plans for the franchise.
“The goal here is to start a new dialogue with the community – to provide fewer promises and more information,” said Baron.
Halo Infinite Winter Update release date
The 343 team was speaking on the official Halo YouTube ahead of the Halo Infinite Winter Update, which is due to land on November 8.
In the presentation, the 343 team highlighted key pillars that will form an integral part of the Halo Infinite experience by the end of 2023.
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Firstly, they want players to feel as though the game is ‘infinitely rewarding’. They want players to be able to express themselves and their ‘Halo identity’ in meaningful ways. The team is also striving for a competitive but fair experience, not marred by technical hiccups or bugs.
Here’s a breakdown of the pillars in more detail:
- Match XP
- Event improevemtns
- Career rank
- Ranked rewards
- Seasonal and career challenges
Personal and welcoming
- Significantly more distinctive and varied customization options
- More intuitive and personal playlist options and UI / UX
- Improved player onboarding
- Payer safety and reporting
- Avenues for showing off experience and skill in customisation
Competitive and fair
- MP gameplay performance (UCN improvements
- Additional ranked options and matchmaking improvements
- Server and input matchmaking options
- Anti-cheat improvements
Stability and performance
- Stability and performance improvements
- Customisation experience upgrades
- UI / UX improvements
What will be in the Halo Infinite Winter Update?
Baron confirmed the Winter Update will include the long-awaited Forge, but in beta form.
It’ll also include network campaign co-op and campaign replay and then ‘a whole bunch of gameplay stuff, and battlepass stuff and match XP.’
There will also be new achievements for the campaign, co-op will support cross platform with up to four players.
Halo Infinite Winter Update FAQ
When is the next Halo Infinite update?
The next Halo Infinite update will be the Winter Update, which is due to land on November 8. It’ll include a Forge beta, network campaign co-op and campaign replay and then ‘a whole bunch of gameplay stuff, and Battle Pass stuff and match XP,’ according to 343.
Is Halo Infinite a good game?
Yes, it is Although it has ha d a few bumps along the way. Our very own Josh Wise, in his Halo Infinite review wrote: “With Halo Infinite, 343 Industries seems to want to break the cycle and start afresh. The irony is that it has done so by drawing closer to the past.”