It’s been a long wait for Halo Infinite’s co-op campaign, and we still have a summer of waiting ahead of us before it arrives. An Infinite Halo blog post published on Friday presents what to expect for the remainder of 2022, starting with the release of season two on May 2.
The co-op campaign now has a “end of August goal”, putting it in the middle of season two. Infinite’s second season runs until November 7, which is unusually long for a live service game. The blog post emphasizes that 343’s top priority remains the health of its developers and getting “into a pace of sustainable development so that we can deliver great experiences to all of you while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.”
“We know we need to deliver more content and more features faster. Staying true to priority zero means we sometimes need to slow down to stay healthy and move forward faster later on. But we’re also looking at ways to speed up,” the post states. .
campaign cooperative was promised for the second season when Halo Infinite launched last year, so it’s essentially hitting the mark, even if the season lasts longer than expected. However, it won’t arrive fully formed in August: network play will be available early on, with split-screen at a later date in Season 3. dates that “will become more certain with time”. It’s still not quite a lock.
Some good news, though, is that Forge could arrive before its original schedule in season three, albeit again with one caveat: it’s listed for an open beta targeting September. 343 explains that the goal is to get Forge into players’ hands faster so that custom maps can start making their way into multiplayer:
“We’ve successfully had Forge on private flights with a limited audience for quite some time, so we’ve decided to forgo a formal, large-scale flight program and go straight into open beta. With this approach, we can get Forge’s core tools for faster, while remaining focused on our top priority of continuing to improve fundamental aspects of Halo Infinite. Forge will persist from the open beta, evolving and growing over time.”
In addition to Forge and online co-op, Season 2 includes new game modes, two new maps, and the ability to replay campaign missions. Earlier today Nat wrote that The first season of Halo Infinite took the worst step; I hope that with season two, Infinite finds itself on safer ground.