Just days after launch, 343 already solves issues that players have with Halo Infinite’s Battle Pass. On Twitter, Halo Community Manager John Junyszek said changes are already coming later in the week.
To begin with, 343 “Play 1 game” add challenges that will reward the player by simply playing games. They also adjust or remove some weekly challenges based on player feedback, designed to help accelerate progress through Battle Pass.
To accommodate feedback on Battle Pass progression, we will make targeted adjustments to our model later in the week.
To begin with, we’ll add “Play 1 Game” challenges to help ensure you consistently progress through Battle Pass by playing matches the way you want.
– John Junyszek (@Unyshek) November 18, 2021
The developers also double the duration of double XP boost from 30 minutes to an hour after complaining that the boosts were not very valuable, especially when playing Infinite’s big team matches that can last up to 20 minutes. Junyszek adds that this is just the first set of changes and the game will continue to evolve based on player feedback.
Halo Infinite’s Battle Pass rewards players with cosmetic items, a system popular in games such as Fortnite and Call of Duty. But in Halo, the main problems players have are that XP is only rewarded by completing very specific daily and weekly challenges in the game, instead of just accumulating by playing matches.
Just hours after Halo Infinite’s multiplayer went live, fans were already complaining about the progression system. Fans took to Reddit and Twitter to call Battle Pass a “slap” and an “unpleasant grin.” Yesterday, Halo Community Director Brian Jarrard said the team was already evaluating the Battle Pass progression, taking into account user data and player feedback.
Thanks to everyone who jumped in #HaloInfintie beta so far! The FYI team looks at Battle Pass progression and collects data from yesterday’s sessions, and we share updates as we have them. Please continue to share feedback and hoist flags when you see them. 1/3
– Brian Jarrard (@ ske7ch) November 16, 2021
Although these changes are already coming this week, Junyszek says it means developers need to reset the player’s challenges, including progress towards weekly challenges. So they give all players who log in between November 23rd and 30th this week the ultimate reward, the Sigil Mark VII Visor.
The Spartans will have plenty of time to make it through Halo Infinite’s first season, as Battle Pass will run until May 2, 2022, which is much longer than the three-month period 343 originally announced.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer: Season 1 Rewards
In addition to concerns about the game’s progression mechanics, Halo Infinite is already experiencing a lot of success with over a quarter of a million simultaneous players during its opening day. If you want to be part of the action, check out how to access Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @Logan JPlant.