At launch, there will be no campaign co-op or Forge mode in Halo Infinite.
343 Industries made the news on Friday with a video update on their website.
Two of the most desirable features in the Halo franchise will not be included in the game’s first release. The game’s developers, 343 Industries, said on Friday that campaign co-op as well as the multiplayer map-editing Forge mode will not be accessible when the game launches. Forge, in particular, will be “about six months” behind schedule. The announcement was made on the YouTube channel of the company.
“Unfortunately, as we prepared the team for shutdown and concentrated on providing a high-quality experience for launch, we were forced to make the extremely difficult decision to delay shipping campaign co-op for launch,” Staten explained. “We were also forced to make the extremely difficult decision to delay shipping Forge past launch as well.”
Earlier this year, 343 Industries revealed that Halo Infinite will miss its planned 2020 release date, and that the game would be delayed until 2021. There is currently no set date for its release. Earlier this week, 343 Industries said that the co-op story mode will be published as part of season 2 of Halo Infinite’s post-launch DLC, and that Forge mode would be included in season 3.
These modes, according to Staten, were postponed in order to maintain the high quality of the primary game.
According to him in the video, “our number one responsibility is ensuring that everything we ship, whenever we release it, meets the appropriate quality threshold across all platforms.” Then we took a look at these two experiences, campaign co-op and Forge, and came to the conclusion that they were just not ready. And as a studio, we don’t want to ship things that aren’t finished.”
Since the inception of the Halo franchise, cooperative play has been at the center of the experience. In 2007, Halo 3 introduced Forge mode, which allowed players to create their own multiplayer maps and game types and then share them with other players over the internet.