343 Industries doesn’t want to rush the next chapter of Master Chief’s story when it comes to co-op: we’ll have to wait, but we should get impeccable quality from the Xbox exclusive in return.
The studio’s Joseph Staten spoke to Eurogamer, where he mentioned that the first season of the free-to-play multiplayer for Halo Infinite (which has already launched in beta) will run until May. (We’ve previously described why.) But with this extended period will come more content, but we also need to talk about the downside.
„At the time that we talked about campaign co-op and Forge I said our goal is to ship campaign co-op in Season 2 and our goal is to ship Forge with Season 3. Yes, we are extending Season 1. So our goal still remains what I said before, which is to ship campaign co-op with Season 2 and Forge with Season 3. But those remain goals. Those remain targets. And we can’t commit to any hard dates right now, because as we’re seeing with this multiplayer beta, other things might move up in the priority stack for us,” Staten said. (Since the seasons will be every three months, with the first being the exception, Forge could come sometime in August.)
„It’s going to be a constant challenge to address some of those bigger rocks that I know players have completely legitimate feedback about. But we’ve got a couple big things that we still have to deliver to fans: campaign co-op and our Forge toolset are really big promises that we’ve made that we need to make good on,” Staten added.
By the way, Halo Infinite has gone gold, so the production of the discs has started so that we can pick up the physical edition from the stores if we want it (sometimes laziness, i.e. digital edition, can and should be overcome). The game will be released on December 8th for Xbox Series, PC (Steam, Microsoft Store) and Xbox One.