The film's multiplayer campaign for Halo Infinite is free for all players, but it requires player purchases, as well as future seasonal content. Sadly, co-op elements and split-screen co-op features were unavailable at the start.
After Season 2 had been delayed until May 2022, 343 Industries has updated fans that co-op will only be available for July, while bugs are continually working on. Despite the promise, the release of these co-op features will certainly be a big success for many players in the community, as they embrace the old visions.
Co-Op Is Essential to Halo
Joseph Staten, the lead writer and cinematic director of Halo at Bungie, was one of the first players to postpone the game's initial launch and co-op choices. Staten also said that playing Halo with friends is what it means to play Halo, and that making a product that is below the expectations the rest of the franchise has held would be disastrous in the long run. States noted that a delayed but fully polished game is a better scenario than a bug-ridden mess.
Following Halo's exclusion in the Halo 5: Guardians, fans were eager to return to Halo Infinite's story campaign with their friends. This is a fundamental concept that Halo was designed on, including levels, weapons, and upgrades, as well as bosses, and other elements intended to play with friends in person or online. The planned co-op release also seeks to include new content, upgrades, modes, and other features to keep players feeling safe.
An Open-World for Exploring
Players are allowed to explore and experiment with different builds and upgrades to build their arsenal, while Halo Infinite has become the first entry to include open-world maps. While the maps for Halo Infinite aren't as impressive as other open-world games, this new feature gives them even more reasons to remain invested in the game.
Included in this open-world option makes the inclusion of co-op an essential and exciting feature because now players can come together to explore the world that 343 Industries has created in spectacular detail. Often, players of single-player open-world games desire to share their experiences and lore discoveries with their friends. These opportunities to explore together have a more positive effect.
With a superb narrative and an engaging open space for players to explore, Halo Infinite has taken the Halo franchise to new heights. Although the initial lack of co-op and split-screen co-op modes may have disappointed fans, 343 Industries said it would be better to provide a fully realized concept than a buggy one. In addition, co-op is being integrated into Halo's overall play style and design, as well as fresh open-world areas with plenty of possibilities to explore.
Halo Infinite is now available on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.