As divulged by developer 343 Industries, Halo Infinite‘s planned campaign co-op and Forge mode will not launch with the game in Holiday 2021. The ability to play through Halo campaigns in a splitscreen co-op configuration is a series mainstay stemming back to the first entry, and that trend was controversially bucked by Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One. Forge, meanwhile, has become a core part of the franchise since its introduction in Halo 3, making Halo Infinite the first entry to not offer the mode upon release.
Amid a breakdown of Halo Infinite‘s first technical preview, Halo developer 343 Industries shared that the game will not launch with campaign co-op or Forge on-disc on its reaffirmed Holiday 2021 release. The studio has plans to bring the features to the game sometime post-launch, but no timeframe for when their expected return in Halo Infinite was given. Campaign lead Joseph Staten cited 343’s focus on delivering a “quality experience for launch” for the delay of campaign co-op and Forge.
Having previously delayed Halo Infinite over graphics criticisms following its gameplay reveal in 2020, 343’s decision to cut core content even this close to the game’s release window is disappointing but not exactly shocking. The Xbox studio’s first public playtests revealed many glitches, indicating that polishing the title’s multiplayer (and likely single-player) portions may rightfully be the biggest concerns at 343 at present. Community director John Junyszek and live operations producer Sam Hanshaw shared that the Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview was a success overall and reconfirmed more tests will be conducted leading up to release.