In the holiday spirit, how about some first gifts for Infinite Halo?
Hot on the heels of the Winter Update, which launched last month, we are extremely excited to bring you our latest game update for Infinite Halo which brings brand new features and a variety of key improvements to the gaming experience.
The team has been working hard to respond to player feedback, and so before we stop for the holidays, we’re bringing you a new (but familiar) map, free armor cores and shaders, quality improvements of life, and the early release of the custom games browser…
The latest update is now available, for free, on Xbox and PC. So, let’s talk a little more about what just happened!
CUSTOM GAME BROWSER
Since the Forge beta released with the Winter Update just a month ago, the floodgates have well and truly opened up to a deluge of incredible community-created maps and modes. For a look at some of our favorites, be sure to check out our Forge features blog series.
Of course, in order to unlock Forge’s true potential and make those wonderfully unique experiences (which have long been such a definitive aspect of Halo) more accessible to everyone, we are delighted to announce that we are launching V1 of custom game browser today—months ahead of our initial target!
Previously slated for release in Season 3, we wholeheartedly agree with players who felt the custom game browser should be a priority. It is a key support structure for what players create in Forge and a pillar for the community.
The team has been working hard to land this feature much further in advance, but that comes with the caveat that this is a “V1”. So it’s likely to have some rough edges, but we felt it was more important that we get this into the hands of players as soon as possible. The CGB will of course continue to evolve with support over time.
For more information, including instructions on how CGB works, please see this article on the Halo Support site.
The pit came to Infinite Halo!
This beloved card from Halo 3 was officially rebuilt in Forge by the team at 343 Industries and is now reborn as Empyrean.
Empyrean is a reimagining of The Pit, with a refreshed aesthetic compared to its familiar layout, and no expense has been spared for attention to detail.
For those of you familiar with The Pit (or even its Halo 4 incarnation, Pitfall), you already know the dance. The immediate rush to grab the rocket launcher, the sniper duels atop its two opposing towers, the potential perils of the control room, but this time there are new notes to add to this symphony as she comes with the extra layer of Infinite Halothe gameplay and sandbox features of .
How to do Infinite HaloDo ‘s toys, like his limited-use gear, alter some of those dynamics and affect how you cross the battle dance floor? Maybe the enemy team managed to grab the rockets first, but you went for the repulsor to protect yourself (and hopefully your teammates as well). We can’t wait to see what new memories are forged in this testing ground!
Empyrean is now available in Matchmaking and Custom Games.
Over the past year, we’ve received a lot of feedback about Infinite Haloarmor customization, and we are fully aware that players, both new and old, may have missed some unique content in Seasons 1 and 2.
We want to make sure that everything players have a suite of customization options out of the box, and based on that feedback, we hope this update opens up a number of those doors.
- All current armor cores are now available to all players. It means that everything players now own the Mark VII, Mark V [B]RAKSHASA, YOROI and EAGLESTRIK armor cores for free.
- The 10 Cadet Shaders have been added to existing armor cores. Similar to the above, each armor core now has a starting suite of 10 Cadet Shaders – this includes non-default cores, and they will also be included with all future cores.
Variety, as they say, is the spice of life, and we hope that having those options as the foundation for customization in Infinite Halo gives players more options to outfit their Spartan to their liking.
Just log in to Infinite Halo and these Cores ‘n’ Coatings will automatically be added to your cosmetic inventory.
Visit the Armor Hall today to explore these updated customization options!
QUALITY OF LIFE IMPROVEMENTS
As we continue to support Infinite Halowe’ve been working to make various fixes and improvements across the title that are directly aimed at addressing key areas of player feedback.
Here are some notable callouts that have come along with this update…
- Mouse and keyboard: Improvements have been made to the mouse and keyboard. This includes aiming improvements, enabling the red reticle, adding a power button (which has its own suite of custom options around speed and hold/tilt), and improvements have also been made. made to the mouse scroll wheel input.
- Networking and desynchronization: Improvements have been made to networking, which should reduce instances of “out of sync”. Vehicles getting out of sync, melee attacks not registering, and blank shots (due to false reloads) should all see improvements with this update.
- Player reports: In-game player reports have been added to the scoreboard (accessible during a match by pressing the back button) and post-match carnage report. Players can also be muted from the back button dashboard.
- Sandbox updates: The melee logic for the energy sword has also been updated – if both players have no shields and are fighting each other, both players will now trade melee and die in order to prevent the sword from energy to tear teams apart without trading. Check out the details in our Sandbox blog.
The last thing we want to say to close this update is thank you!
Thank you to all of our players who continue to provide us with feedback that allows us to continue supporting Infinite Haloturning it into a better experience as we go along.
This first year of Infinite Halo was one of many hard lessons learned, but we’re confident we’ll reach that milestone in 2023 as we look forward to delivering Season 3 and more – more content, more features and options, more weapons, more cosmetics, more updates – on a steady cadence that keeps the Halo the hype rolls all year round.
In the meantime, don’t forget to jump in Infinite Halo to view the winter update. This free content update brought with it Campaign Network Co-Op and Mission Replay along with new achievements, the Forge Beta, a free 30-tier Battle Pass, new maps, a new mode, and we also have two new free events (Winter Contingency 2 in December and Joint Fire in January).
We’re excited to continue moving these positive steps forward together, and on behalf of the entire 343 Industries team, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
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