Without question, every time Halo Infinite has had a playtest for its multiplayer the last few weeks, it’s been a success.It started with a limited, closed group, but has now been opened up to anyone who has signed up to be a Halo Insider, which is not difficult to do, and the good buzz is spreading.
That has all culminated in this weekend, where the game opened up the classic Big Team Battle mode for the first time, full of Warthogs, Ghosts and Banshees, and players are having a blast with it, myself included, with the common refrain being that this entire game is feeling like a true return to Halo 3 for the first time in ages.
Then there’s…the other half.
That would be the campaign, something we have seen and heard practically nothing about, short of some screenshots or brief cutscene clips.The most extensive campaign preview we had for Halo Infinite was a year ago when the debut was so bad, it helped contribute to the delay of the game for an entire year.And yet we have not seen any previews that extensive since.
Microsoft and 343 have maintained that despite previous rumors of splitting up the multiplayer and campaign releases, they are going to release both on December 8 come hell or high water.
And yet, after playing the multiplayer tests, all I keep thinking about is that they could split these up, and Halo Infinite launching with its full multiplayer mode would be a megahit even without a campaign.It may not be ideal, and yet if this means the campaign won’t launch rushed and unfinished (we already know at baseline, it’s launching without a co-op mode), I think it would be worth it.Fans would be having too much fun with the multiplayer to care.
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First, everything on Xbox Game Pass, so if you have that, it’s all “free” at baseline.
But even past that, Halo Infinite has announced that its multiplayer component will be totally free, even outside of Game Pass.Like Fortnite and Warzone, it will make money from selling seasonal battle passes of cosmetics.The Halo Infinite Campaign, meanwhile, will either be a paid release or require you to have Xbox Game Pass to play it.
So in a sense, these two things are already separate.
Maybe everything’s fine.Maybe the campaign has gotten itself together and will launch in fine form on December 8.
But the longer we go without seeing really anything at all from it, the harder that is to believe.And while I am not saying I want this to happen, the multiplayer tests have made me realize that this game is absolutely strong enough to separate out these two if they wanted to, and if it’s the case the campaign does need more time.The multiplayer seems polished enough to launch tomorrow, frankly, and they had an extra year to ensure that was the case (clearly that has done a lot of good).But the campaign? Don’t rush it just because you have a traditional release model in mind.
It’s 2021, we can be flexible, and players don’t mind waiting to ensure games aren’t buggy, broken or unfinished at launch.
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I’ve been writing about video games, television and movies for Forbes for over 10 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.I cover all manner of console and PC games, but if it’s about looting or shooting, I’m definitely there.If I’m watching something, it’s usually science fiction, horror or superheroic.
I’m also a regular on IGN’s Fireteam Chat podcast and have published five sci-fi novels..