Halo Infinite’s August patch adds tons of requested features

A Spartan soldier holds a sniper rifle on the Halo Infinite launch site map.

screenshot: 343 Industries

It was a rare day in Video Game Land where fans asked for a bunch of stuff from a live service game and… actually got it. But that’s exactly what happened today, when developer 343 Industries rolled out a ton of community-requested features, Halo Infiniteits free multiplayer shooter.

Halo Infinitefirst published last year, went through a difficult life cycle. As with many free shooting games, Halo Infinite Based on seasonal models. Originally planned to last three months, the seasons have so far run on six-month cycles. (The second season will run until early November.) Fans say this leaves the shooter lacking essential content — like maps, modes, and cosmetics — which keeps it from feeling as fresh as possible.

shooters also revolve Introduce weekly challenges. Completing your challenges earns XP, which upgrades your Battle Pass, giving you a choice of new appearances for each level. Previously, you could only check your active challenges when you were idle in the lobby between matches.The following Today’s update, you can see them in the game. But there’s a catch: Challenges don’t track progress in real-time, so you won’t actually know if you’ve hit those five headshots or anything until the game is over. But hey, progress!

Halo Infinite's pause menu showing weekly challenges.

These are not real challenges (they are placeholder text for 343) but man, I hope everyone Halo Infinite The challenge is named after a single line from an 80s action movie.
screenshot: 343 Industries

Today’s update also marks Halo InfiniteThe first step towards “cross-core customization”, the ability to use all customization options on all “armored cores”. Instead of giving your avatar (a 26th century super soldier) a suit of armor, you have five so-called “cores” of armor. Every rock has a different look; you can customize them however you want. But cosmetic options—from accessories to armor parts, and even various color options—are specifically associated with each core.For example, you can’t use any of the colors in the Mark VII core’s veritable Crayola armor coat case Lack of a core of solid options (Looking at you, Mark V [B]).

Now, with today’s update, all goggles work on all armor cores; they’ll only automatically show up on all five of your cores. Unless I left it out, though, the Armory doesn’t indicate which armor core the goggles were originally associated with. Since some are more or less the same – like the dark blue tempered steel for the Yoroi core and the dark blue tempered steel for the Rakshasa core – you end up with some visor options that look like replicas. (You’re regularly reminded that you can hold down the Y button to compare any cosmetic option to your currently equipped item.) But hey, again: progress!

That’s not all. later this month, Halo Infinite Receive competitive and social versions of the much-loved Team Tag Playlist, where two teams face off on a minimap. (These are currently set for August 23rd, but 343 doesn’t always hit the target date endless‘s update. ) but today 343 quietly changed the Team Snipers playlist, launching a Official Announcementdraw attention only on social media.

Since the Team Snipers playlist launched earlier this summer, it has had a mode that lets you start with Stalker rifles —damn precision weapon…which is also very no Sniper rifle. After today, that mode is gone, replaced by a mode that only spawns you with snipers. Thankfully, the Shotty Snipes that started with snipers and shotguns are still around. Sadly, the Brute Snipes mode hasn’t been cleared, although at least the starting weapon, the skewer, is technically a sniper rifle.Sorry, no word yet on whether or not Halo Infinite Will get a shock rifle-only mode. But hey, one last time: progress!

Of course, personally, these are small changes.But all in all, it’s a sign of a game that’s slowly adapting to what players want — like Halo: The Master Chief Collection before it. Soon we will all wake up and realize Halo Infinite Also legally evolved into a live service game.

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