infinity halo Developer 343 Industries is targeting a “late August” release for the game’s long-awaited network co-op campaign mode, says game creative lead Joseph Staten in a new Halo Waypoint blog post. As part of a new roadmap included in the post, Staten also shared that 343 is targeting an open beta for infinity halo Forge mode in September.
343 Industries announced months before infinity halo December release that co-op and Forge would not be available at launch. The developer then said their goal was to ship the co-op campaign “with” Season 2, and then pushed that goal to “later” in Season 2.
Split-screen co-op campaign, which lets you play the campaign with your friends on the same TV, is even further afield. According to the roadmap, 343 Industries doesn’t expect to release split-screen co-op until sometime during the game’s third multiplayer season, which begins on November 8. And it looks like the estimate could still change, as the roadmap says split-screen co-op timing is “TBD.”
As for Forge, here’s what Staten discussed as 343 plans to jump straight into an open beta:
We want to get the Forge toolset into your hands as soon as possible so that awesome community maps and modes can get into the game faster. To make this happen, we’re aiming for an open beta of Forge later in Season 2. We’ve had success on Forge in private flight with a limited audience for some time, so we’ve decided to forego a formal, large-scale flight schedule. scale and go right to open the beta version. With this approach, we can get the core Forge tools out to everyone faster while staying focused on our top priority of continuing to improve the fundamentals of Forge. infinity halo. Forge will persist from open beta onwards, evolving and growing over time.
According to the roadmap, 343 Industries is also targeting a late August release for a feature that lets you replay campaign missions, which was a notable omission at launch.
While it can be frustrating to hear that you’ll have to wait a little longer for many of these features, Staten stressed that the company is taking the time it needs to develop features at a pace that’s good for the health of the team. “We know we need to deliver more content and more features faster,” Staten said. “Staying true to priority zero means that sometimes we need to slow down to stay healthy and move faster later.” Staten also noted that 343 plans to introduce quality-of-life improvements during the season in what he calls “Drop Pods.”