January 26, 2023

In the spirit of the holiday season, how about some early presents for Halo infinity?

After the winter update, which launched last month, we are extremely excited to announce our latest game update for Halo infinity which brings some brand new features and some major improvements to the gaming experience.

The team has been working hard to address player feedback, which is why – before we pause for the holidays – we’re bringing you a new (but familiar) map, free armor cores and coatings, some quality of life improvements, and the early release of the Custom Games Browser…

The latest update is now available for free on Xbox and PC. So, let’s talk a bit more about what just arrived!


Since the release of the Forge Beta with the Winter Update just a month ago, the floodgates have really opened up to a barrage of incredible community-created maps and modes. Check out our Forge Features blog series to see some of our favorites.

Of course, to unlock Forge’s true potential and make these wonderfully unique experiences (which have long been such a definitive aspect of Halo) more accessible to everyone, we are excited to announce that today we introduce the V1 of the Custom Game Browsermonths ahead of our original goal!

Screenshot of the Halo Infinite Custom Games Browser

Previously slated for release in Season 3, we fully agree with players who felt the Custom Game Browser should be a priority – it’s an important support structure for what players create in Forge and a pillar for the community.

The team has worked incredibly hard to land this feature that much further in advance, but with that comes the caveat that this is a “V1”. It will therefore probably have some rough edges, but we felt it was more important that we get this into players’ hands as quickly as possible. Naturally, the CGB will continue to evolve with support over time.

For more information, including instructions on how the CGB works, please refer to this article on the Halo Support site.


The Pit has come Halo infinity!

This beloved card from Halo 3 has been officially rebuilt in Forge by the 343 Industries team and is now reborn as an Empyrean.

Screenshot of Empyrean in Halo Infinite

Empyrean is a reinvention of The Pit, complete with some refreshed aesthetics over the familiar layout, and no expense has been spared on attention to detail.

For those of you who are familiar with The Pit (or even are Halo 4 incarnation, Pitfall), you already know the dance. The immediate rush to grab the missile launcher, the sniper duels atop the two opposing towers, the potential dangers up close in the control room – but this time there are some new notes to add to this symphony be added as it comes with the extra layer of Halo infinity‘s gameplay and sandbox features.

How to do Halo infinity‘s toys, like his limited-use gear, change some of that dynamic and influence how you traverse the combat dance floor? Maybe the enemy team managed to grab the missiles first, but you went and bought the Repulsor to protect yourself (and hopefully your teammates too). We can’t wait to see what new memories are forged in this proving ground!

Empyrean is now available in Matchmaking and Custom Games.


Halo Infinite screenshot showing multiple Spartan Armor Cores with Cadet Coatings

We have received a lot of feedback over the past year Halo infinity‘s armor customization, and we’re well aware that players, both new and returning players, may have missed out on some unique content over the course of Seasons 1 and 2.

We want to take care of that all players have a range of customization options available to them from the start, and as a result of that feedback, we hope this update opens some of those doors.

  • All current Armor Cores are now available to all players. This means that all players now have the Mark VII, Mark V [B]RAKSHASA, YOROI and EAGLESTRIKE armor cores for free.
  • All 10 Cadet Coatings have been added to existing Armor Cores. Similar to the above, each Armor Core now has a starter suite of 10 Cadet Coatings – this includes the non-standard Cores and they will also be included in all future Cores.

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life, and we hope these options form the basis for customization in Halo infinity gives players more options to equip their Spartan to their liking.

Just log in Halo infinity and these Cores ‘n’ Coatings are automatically added to your cosmetic inventory.

Visit the Armor Hall today to discover these updated customization options!


Halo Infinite action screenshot of multiple Spartan Armor Cores with Cadet Coatings

As we continue to support Halo infinitywe’ve been working on several fixes and improvements to the title that directly address key areas of player feedback.

Here are a few notable callouts that came with this update…

  • Mouse & Keyboard: Improvements have been made to mouse and keyboard input. This includes aiming improvements, enabling a red crosshair, adding a loop button (which has its own set of custom options around speed and hold/toggle), as well as improvements to the mouse scroll wheel input.
  • Networking and desynchronization: Improvements have been made to networking, which should reduce instances of “desynchronization”. Vehicle desynchronization, melee attacks not registering, and empty shots (due to fake reloads) should all see improvements with this update.
  • Player reporting: In-game player reporting has been added to the leaderboard (accessible during a match by pressing the back button) and post-game carnage report. Players can also be muted from the leaderboard using the back button.
  • Sandbox updates: Melee clang logic for the Energy Sword has also been updated: if both players have no shields and engage in combat, both players will now melee trade and die to prevent the Energy Sword from tearing through teams without swapping. Check out the details in our Sandbox blog.


Halo infinity screenshot of CTF match on Empyrean

The last thing we want to say to close this update is thank you!

Thank you to all our players who continue to provide us with feedback that allows us to continue to support Halo infinityforging it into a better experience as we move forward.

This first year of Halo infinity has been one of many hard lessons learned, but we’re confident we’ll turn that corner in 2023 as we look forward to the delivery of season 3 and more: more content, more features and options, more weapons , more cosmetics, more updates. a regular cadence that the Halo hype rolls in all year round.

In the meantime, be sure to pop in Halo infinity to view the winter update. This free content update brought Campaign Network Co-Op and Mission Replay along with some new Achievements, the Forge Beta, a free 30-tier Battle Pass, new maps, a new mode and we also have two more free new events (Winter Contingency 2 in December and Joint Fire in January).

We are excited to continue to take these positive steps forward together, and on behalf of the entire 343 Industries team, we wish you a great holiday season.

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