343 Industries has confirmed that the upcoming Halo Infinite will be missing campaign co-op and Forge mode at launch.
The news came as part of the most recent Developer Update video from the studio over the weekend. Head of creative Joseph Staten apologised for the delay, admitting campaign co-op was “fundamental” to the Halo experience. However, so the game could meet its intended launch window, they made the “really tough decision” to delay the mode.
The team is currently aiming for campaign co-op to eventually arrive three months after launch, in time for Season Two. The user-creation focused Forge mode, meanwhile, is currently pencilled in for Season Three approximately six months following launch.
“Our number one priority is making sure that whatever we ship, whenever we ship it, it needs the right quality bar, across all platforms,” Staten explained. “And when we looked at these two experiences—Campaign co-op and Forge—we made the determination they’re just not ready. And as a studio, we don’t want to ship things if they’re not ready, so people can play them, have fun and have a nice stable performant experience.”
The team also acknowledged the shooter’s lack of a specific release date, still targeting the rest of the game for ‘Holiday 2021’. However, it hopes to have more information on a specific release date soon. Could we hear something at Gamescom later this week? We’ll have to wait and see.
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You can check out the Development Update video for Halo Infinite covering campaign co-op and Forge modes for yourself down below. Halo Infinite is currently set to release on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC later this year. Watch out for potential campaign spoilers floating around the internet though.