February 7, 2023

A major new update to Halo Infinite has arrived, ushering in the highly anticipated Custom Game Browser, a number of bug fixes and quality of life changes, and, perhaps most exciting of all, a new map. It’s not just any map though, as 343 has recreated the beloved Halo 3 map The Pit for Halo Infinite.

Halo Infinite’s version of the map is called Empyrean and has been described as a “reinvention” of The Pit, with “refreshed aesthetics”. However, the layout should look similar to those familiar with Halo 3’s The Pit and Halo 4’s version, Pitfall.

Obviously, Halo Infinite’s Empyrean won’t play exactly the same as before, as the new game features gear and new traversal mechanics not seen in previous Halo titles. Empyrean is now available in regular matchmaking and Custom Games.

Also note that Halo Infinite is finally getting its highly anticipated Custom Game Browser, which should help bring new life to the game. The Custom Game Browser allows players to search for all the different types of maps and modes created using the Forge tools, like Beer Pong. Watch the video above to see the browser in action.

The Custom Game Browser wasn’t supposed to be released until Season 3 in 2023, but the studio said it had to be a priority and the team pushed back the release. 343 calls it “V1,” so players should expect it to have “some rough edges,” the developer said.

“But we felt it was more important that we get this into players’ hands sooner rather than later. The CGB will of course continue to evolve with support over time,” 343 said.

The new update also makes a change to the tweak that fans have been asking for. With the new update, all existing Armor Cores are now available to everyone at no additional cost. In addition, all 10 Cadet Coatings have now been added to Armor Cores. Players simply need to log into the game to automatically find the Cores and Coatings added to their cosmetic library.

In terms of quality of life updates, mouse and keyboard players should see improvements to aiming, a loop button, and scroll wheel updates. Players can also now enable a red crosshair in the mouse and keyboard configuration. 343 has also made some network improvements to reduce the chance of desynchronization. In addition, the “melee clang logic” for the energy sword has been updated. If both players wielding the sword have no shields and melee, they will both die.

For more information, check out 343’s full rundown of what’s new in the latest Halo Infinite update.

Finally, 343 fans thanked for their continued support of Halo Infinite in a year of many ups and downs. 343 previously described the game’s launch as being similar to a runner tripping and falling at the finish line of a race.

‚ÄúThis first year of Halo Infinite has been one of many hard lessons learned, but we’re confident we’ll turn that corner in 2023 as we look forward to delivering Season 3 and more: more content , more features and options, more weapons, more cosmetics, more updates – with a regular cadence that will keep the Halo hype going all year long,” said 343.

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