343 Industries has been working hard to ensure that Halo Infinite is released in 2021, and it’s easy to see why so many Halo fans are looking forward to the holidays after the positive response to the first Flight Test beta period. However, the studio has confirmed some information about Halo Infinite’s release, namely that the latest Master Chief adventure will not include campaign co-op or Forge right away. The good news is that this shouldn’t cause a delay, and the team says they’re still shooting for a holiday release window.
Creative director Joseph Staten provided the latest news about Halo Infinite’s launch status in the latest video update from 343 Industries. While the lack of these two features at launch is disappointing, he was quick to point out that the team is “100 percent committed” to the holiday timeframe, campaign co-op or not. “Unfortunately, as we focused the team for shut down, and really focused on a quality experience for launch, we made the really tough decision to delay shipping campaign co-op for launch,” said Staten, referring to COVID-19’s impact on work culture. “We also made the difficult decision to delay shipping Forge past la,” he continued.
“On the co-op side,” Staten continued, “we have the opportunity to play the campaign all the time; it’s this wonderful, open, non-linear take on the Halo campaign.” “It will give you a lot more freedom to take down Banished bases from all angles and progress through the game at your own pace. But, at the same time, it’s complicated. When you consider save systems and all of the technology that is required to drive this more non-linear experience, it becomes even more complicated, especially in co-op.” As a result, the delay.
Halo Infinite is expected to release sometime this holiday season.