343 Industries had a mixed bag of news for players with the revelation of his . The long-awaited couch co-op mode for the campaign, a staple of the Halo series, is no longer available. Creative lead Joseph Staten said in a developer update video that “we’ve had to make the difficult decision not to ship the split-screen co-op campaign.” The studio made the call to shift resources to other priorities, including “experiences we’re not ready to talk about yet.”
It’s a hit for those who enjoy split-screen co-op. While that experience is still available in some titles, like Fortnite, Minecraft, Rocket League Y two are required — doesn’t seem that common compared to games of yesteryear.
There was another infinity halo disappointment, as 343 revealed that season 3 won’t start in November after all. The studio has pushed it back to March, which means that.
On the plus side, 343 will add online campaign co-op as part of a winter update on November 8. A mission replay option will also be available. Another plus for gamers is the fact that it will be released with the update. While Forge will be in open beta at first, 343 has said that it will be available persistently. That should help open up the game and give players a lot more to do.
Additionally, 343 will add two new maps on November 8, as well as a free 30-tier battle pass and a game mode called Covert One Flag. The Match XP beta will be another welcome addition. While 343 didn’t elaborate on what that entails, it seems likely that you’ll be able to progress faster through the battle pass beyond just earning XP for completing specific challenges.
Looking ahead, 343 Industries plans to introduce new arena maps and Big Team Battle on March 7, when Season 3 kicks off. Other planned updates include a piece of gear called the Shroud Screen, in-game reporting tools, a custom Forge games, more game modes and new events.