343 Industries wasn’t alone when it came to creating the new Master Chief story chapter, but it’s questionable whether the team knows what Certain Affinity was referring to…?
Halo Infinite has been out for over a quarter of a year now and is currently not in the state 343 Industries and Microsoft would expect it to be and has been getting a string of negative reviews on Steam. The story mode is seen as short by players or even said to be not worthwhile compared to the free-to-play multiplayer component that launched weeks before the campaign. Speaking of multiplayer, its lack of frequent updates is also the criticism’s target.
And Certain Affinity tweeted, “We’ve been part of the Halo franchise for more than 15 years, and we’re honoured to say we are deepening our relationship with 343 and have been entrusted with further evolving Halo Infinite in some new and exciting ways. Join us on our journey.” Then came the usual job offer link. They have over forty open posts, but they are helping with Call of Duty development and are also working on an IP of their own, so not everything is Halo Infinite related.
According to Windows Central, the new Halo Infinite game mode from Certain Affinity is supposed to be a beginner experience, not as competitive as the multiplayer modes currently available (Big Team Battle, Arena), and is aimed at audiences interested in Fortnite, Call of Duty Warzone, and Apex Legends. If it is true, then a mode similar to Battle Royale could be in the works, adding another player to the already crowded market. Is it the right path, though?
It is probably not what Microsoft was expecting when they released the new Halo after several delays (because we had previously expected it to be an opening title alongside the Xbox Series, which didn’t happen), so there may be a slight panic.