Halo Infinite is slated to be released this Christmas season, but at launch you cannot play campaign mode cooperatively with your friends or work on multiplayer levels in Forge mode, developer 343 Industries announced on Friday.
“When we looked at those two experiences – campaign co-op and blacksmithing – we made the decision [that] they’re just not done yet, ”said Joseph Staten, Head of Creative at Halo Infinite, in a video. “So we’re going to leave the campaign co-op and Forge in the oven a little longer. When they’re ready, we’ll be releasing them next year as part of our seasonal roadmap. “
Campaign co-op is slated for season two, while Forge is slated for season three
343 Industries aims to collaborate on shipping campaigns in the second season and Forge in the third, Staten said. The goal is to have a new season released every three months, which means that campaign co-op is expected to be available around three months after launch, while Forge arrives six months after launch.
Halo’s campaign co-op and Forge mode are two of the show’s hallmarks, so fans may be disappointed to hear that they won’t be available at launch. But 343 is still determined to kick off the campaign and first season of multiplayer this holiday season.
“We’ll be talking about our actual release date very soon,” said Staten. Xbox is hosting an event on August 24th in a few days, maybe Microsoft and 343 Industries will announce the date there.
Halo Infinite has had a rather rocky history
The campaign co-op and Forge delays are the latest for Halo Infinite, which has had a rocky history. The game was originally scheduled to be released along with the Xbox Series X and S in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 after a campaign that spawned the infamous Craig meme. Staten, who was involved in the first three Halo games, was brought on board shortly afterwards.
However, despite the game’s bumpy development, the impressions of the game’s recent multiplayer technical preview were quite positive, which could suggest that the game will meet fan expectations when it finally releases this holiday season. However, when it does come out, you’ll have to wait a little longer to play the campaign with friends or change things in Forge mode.