343 Industries has announced that it has delayed the game’s Co-Op story mode and Forge until post-launch as Halo Infinite focuses on completing the single-player story and multiplayer mode.
Posted on the official Halo YouTube channel In the August status updateJoseph Staten, the creative head of Halo Infinite, has confirmed that the Co-Op story mode and Forge will not be in Halo Infinite at launch. 343 has confirmed it is “100 percent committed” to releasing Halo Infinite this winter season.
Seasons will bring Co-Op mode and Forge
The Co-Op story mode is a classic mode in the Halo series. Forge, on the other hand, introduces a unique experience where players can design their own game modes by creating custom maps, rules and more. Also, Forge played a big role in the creation of some of the official Halo online mods.
“Unfortunately, we made the really difficult decision to delay the Co-Op story, as the team is focused on building a truly quality Halo experience.”
Staten confirmed that the team has prepared a seasonal release schedule for the Co-Op story and Forge. Although Halo Infinite’s single-player story and multiplayer mode will meet with players in season 1, Staten said the team aims to release the Co-Op story mode in season 2 and Forge in season 3.
Staten announced that a new season will air every three months. This means that the Co-Op story mode will most likely not be released until 2022.
Co-Op makes our job pretty hard
Staten says the delay is due to complications with game development, particularly the Co-Op story mode.
“The Co-Op experience makes our job a lot harder when you consider the recording systems and all the technology needed to maintain the non-linear story experience.”
Matt TM Kim, editor at MRT.