Halo Infinite is finally getting Forge mode, which launches on November 8, 2022, and the full release of online campaign co-op is now arriving on the same day. Unfortunately, the split-screen co-op has been canceled entirely.
In a new update, developer 343 has announced details of its Winter Update coming on November 8, which comes with some highly anticipated modes.
In Forge mode, Halo Infinite fans can essentially create their own content by building new maps with an advanced editor and sharing them with the community. Arriving as a beta, we’re still not quite sure about the included features (although a leak looked impressive).
343 Industries will also be launching two new multiplayer maps on November 8 that will showcase exactly what Forge can do – as they are created entirely in Forge Mode.
The Winter Update also sees the full version of online Campaign co-op finally rolling out to all players, so you can team up with your friends and tackle Halo Infinite’s Campaign together. Expect new achievements, cross-platform support, mission replays and shared progress. After several delays and a beta, it has been a long time coming.
There’s some bad news for couch co-op fans, though: the local split-screen co-op mode has now been canceled. It’s a blow to those who’ve been waiting for the old-school feature since launch, but it’s seemingly a matter of priorities.
“To improve and accelerate the ongoing development of live services, and to better address player feedback and quality of life updates, we have reallocated studio resources and are no longer co-op for local campaigns with split screen,” according to 343 Industries.
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In addition to these new additions, the Winter Update includes the Match XP beta, which allows players to level up in addition to the 30-level battle pass. There’s also a new game mode, Covert One Flag, with asymmetric loadouts and round-based gameplay, just to confuse it a bit.
There’s definitely a lot of new content coming, and Forge could be the answer to Halo Infinite’s drought. For now, we’ll just have to wait and see, but let’s hope the community gets really creative with this.
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