This week has arguably been the biggest in terms of Halo Infinite news since last year's initial gameplay reveal. Following on from the announcement that it would be launching without co-op campaign support and Forge mode, we then got bombarded with a release date, reasoning behind the lack of campaign gameplay footage, and a limited-edition Xbox Series X console and Elite Controller. It's been a lot to take in, so it's time to reflect.
Arguably, things began poorly with the news that certain features would not be ready for launch. Then the Xbox Gamescom Showcase failed to provide any Halo news either, which left many disappointed. Thankfully, Geoff Keighley had the reveals all along, delivering the triple knockout of a release date of December 8, a stunning Xbox Series X console and a lovely Halo-themed Elite Controller. It was an exciting time to be a fan.
Later in the week, we learned more. It was confirmed that the reason campaign gameplay hadn't been shown was due to the game entering the "shutdown mode" of its development, which is where the team is focusing on crushing high-priority bugs. After this period, we'll be getting a look at the campaign before launch.
"No matter how many times I play, Halo Infinite remains, fundamentally, super fun to play—and we’re very eager to share all the fun with you through captured gameplay, trailers, and other content once we get this plane safely on the ground. But for now, it’s focus-time in the cockpit as we stick the landing."
Then, we learned that multiplayer would not be getting a traditional XP system at launch, but instead will be offering players the ability to level up their battle pass by completing in-game challenges. It's a decision that has been largely panned by fans, but thankfully, the team is said to be "looking at ways to expand progression across the board".
It's been a lot to digest, but now things have calmed down, it's a perfect time to get an overview of how the community feels. Are you optimistic about Halo Infinite's December launch, or do you have concerns it won't live up to the hype?
Let us know how you're feeling about Halo Infinite now in the comments below.