Halo Infinite Multiplayer is Great, but the Battle Pass is Horrendous


  • Halo Infinite Multiplayer is Great, but the Battle Pass is Horrendous

    Thankfully 343 Industries says that they are "looking at" progression.
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    After this week's surprise release of the Halo Infinite multiplayer, the general feeling among the community has been rather positive. That is, it's been largely positive except for one thing. Most fans seem to agree that the progression system for the game's Battle Pass is God-freaking-awful. Thankfully, 343 Industries say that they are "looking at" the Battle Pass progression and are "gathering data."

    The announcement came from 343's community director Brian Jarrard on Twitter.

    As is the case with most games that feature these seasonal passes, the Battle Pass in Halo Infinite is full of cosmetic items and customization options for players to unlock. There is both a free track and a paid track that includes additional unlocks. Unlike those other systems, the way in which you make progress in Halo's Battle Pass is a bit different.

    Instead of rewarding experience (XP) and progress for playing well or even just for playing a round or two, XP is locked behind the completion of daily and weekly challenges. These challenges, especially the weekly ones, require that you perform very specific tasks. This means that if you do not complete one of the requirements in a round, you don't earn any progress or XP. It is very possible to go several rounds in a row where no Battle Pass progress is made.

    These tasks often force players to go out of their way in an effort to complete them within a round. It honestly feels like these challenges are forcing players to play the way 343 wants you to instead of just playing and making progress naturally through the course of play. This often results in players not playing the objective or not being a team player.

    Sadly, this issue was brought up numerous times by players during the previous technical playtests and betas. At that time, 343 said:

    "While we understand the community’s feedback around wanting a steady drip of match XP and more ways to earn XP for the Battle Pass, we are optimistic that the system available at launch will give players adequate means of continually having something to accomplish and a means to progress. Looking further ahead beyond launch, we expect these systems to evolve in direct partnership with player feedback."
    Really, the one thing that 343 Industries got right with their Battle Pass system is the fact that these passes will never expire. You will be able to continue making progress and earning unlocks months or years down the line, even when new Battle Passes are released.
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