343 Industries has released its proposed 2022 roadmap for Halo Infinite, and includes a late August release window for the long-awaited campaign network collaboration.
All the details were revealed by Halo Infinite Creative Director Joseph Staten at Halo Waypoint, and while they’re subject to change, they give a good picture of what Halo Infinite fans can expect for the rest of the year. 343 also notes that the timeline “will expand as we announce longer-term initiatives” and that the “roadmap is an evolving document”.
The roadmap will initially focus on Season 2 “Lone Wolves”, which will run from May 3rd to November 7th. We already knew that Season 2 is coming with a new Battle Pass with 100 stages, two new maps in Catalyst (Arena) and Breaker ( BTB) and three new game modes in King of the Hill, Land Grab and Last Spartan Standing.
What was made a bit clearer were some of the events and new features that will arrive as Lone Wolves progresses. These include Campaign Network Co-op in late August and the Forge Open Beta in September. These release windows are targets and are subject to change, but it makes the progress of their development more visible.
As for Forge, 343 decided to forego a “large-scale formal flight program and go straight into open beta.” Once started, it will not go away and will continue to evolve and grow over time.
Season 2 will also feature a new Fracture mode in Entrenched – with the first week starting May 24th – and two narrative events in Interference from May 3rd – May 16th and Alpha Pack from July 19th – August 1st. These “Multiplayer Storytelling Events” will “Place your Spartan at the center of an evolving seasonal storyline.”
343 also gave a sneak peek at what fans can expect from the currently untitled Season 3, which begins November 8th. It will bring with it a new Battle Pass, maps, modes, sandbox items, narrative events, fracture events, and campaign split-screen Cooperative.
The lack of consistent content was also addressed, with 343 saying that it is keenly aware it needs to do more but will not do so at the expense of its team’s health.
“We know we need to deliver more content and more features faster,” wrote 343. “Staying true to that [a] priority zero [of team health] means that sometimes we have to slow down in order to stay healthy and move faster later. But we’re also aggressively looking for ways to accelerate.”
Finally, 343 shared that it would be releasing “Drop Pods” with quality of life improvements as soon as they’re done — most likely once a month — and that it’ll be released on 27:13 PM PT/4 PM ET/21 PM BST.
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