Halo Infinite: The prequel confused fans

Halo Infinite: The prequel confused fans

Halo Infinite

Since its announcement, we knew Halo Infinite was going to be a service game. The intention of the development team is in fact to expand the title, with support that will extend over several years. Almost a year after its release (which took place last December 8), however, the content for the single player has never been published. At the announcement that a prequel to the new story of Master Chief would arrive, therefore, many were expecting additional content for the Xbox exclusive, but it will not be.

The prologue to the story is called Halo: The Rubin Protocol and it will not be a playable content of the single player campaign, but a new novel written by Kelly Gay, author of the previous novels based on the 343 Industries franchise. This is the first work linked to the new game in the series, and its forthcoming publication has stunned fans, confused by the title support.

Kelly Gay is amazing, but this story should be used and be written for a dlc / expansion for Halo Infinite.

- Lionel (@Noctury_Xbox) July 8, 2022

“Kelly Gay is awesome, but this story could have been written for a Halo Infinite DLC / expansion,” one of the many comments that surfaced on the franchise's Twitter profile. Yes, because the common feeling, between Reddit and the various social media, is that this is a wasted opportunity for the relaunch of the game, which is suffering from the lack of regular content and updates. It is not excluded that in the future 343 Industries may not make a DLC based on the book, but at the moment the hopes are dimmed.

Halo Infinite’s long-awaited campaign co-op preview arrives this week

More than eight months after the game released

Sci-fi shooter Halo Infinite finally sees some movement to get campaign co-op into the game this week, which will see the launch of the campaign network co-op preview. It's not certain yet exactly what day or time the beta begins, but anyone looking to team up with friends for the beta will need to have been part of the Halo Insider program for at least three months and have an Insider Xp level of 5 or higher. The preview will be available for both purchased copies of Halo Infinite and to players using Game Pass for PC. Steam players will be sent a unique key to access the relevant build through Halo Insider.

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Halo Infinite’s campaign co-op test will support up to four players across PC, Xbox and Xbox Cloud Gaming. As Katharine explained when the test window was announced at the start of this month, joining co-op is just like starting a Fireteam in multiplayer. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to select Start Co-op from the main menu and take on Zeta Halo with your pals. Thankfully, 343 have worked things out so every player will keep their progress as they work their way through a co-op campaign, along with any upgrades and Spartan Cores collected.

343 say that the chance to replay missions is also coming along with campaign co-op. While replaying was relatively straightforward in older, more linear Halo games, Infinite’s open-world nature made things a little trickier to accomplish. The way 343 have got round this is by using the game’s tactical map, or tac-map. Select a completed mission from the tac-map in either solo or co-op, and you’ll be prompted to choose your difficulty and whether to activate any Skulls you or your friends have picked up. Replaying a mission resets it and teleports you to its starting location. Hey Presto, Big John Halo’s your uncle.

Brendan was glad to have an open-world to explore in his Halo Infinite review. “It has taken the series a while to look outside its corridor shooting monoculture for inspiration,” he said. “But now that developers 343 Industries have broadened that corridor to the width of plains and stretched it to the height of mountains, it'll be hard to go back.”

The campaign co-op beta for Halo Infinite is due to land sometime this week and lasts until July 22nd. The full co-op and mission replay launch is expected in August. There’s more info about what's coming on the Halo Waypoint site here. Are you happy at the idea of finally teaming up with other Spartans?