The Battle Pass updates are already arriving
After the surprise launch of Halo Infinite multiplayer earlier this week, players rushed onto the servers. Only, they soon found that their progression in Halo Infinite wasn’t really going ahead at a steady rate.
343 Industries acknowledged this pretty fast, and just as quick, they’ve already released the first updates to Halo Infinite progression. And after spending a little time with it last night and speaking to others, it’s a conflicting result for me.
To address the feedback on Battle Pass progression we will be making targeted tunings to our model later this week.
To start, we'll be adding "Play 1 Game" challenges to help make sure you consistently progress through the Battle Pass by playing matches the way you want.
— John Junyszek (@Unyshek) November 18, 2021
A “Play 1 Game” Daily Challenge has been implemented for 50 XP, letting you get some experience regardless of results. And the doubling of 2XP Boosts is nice, as it makes those 30 minutes feel less like a struggle to maximize winnings. Big Team Battle shouldn’t be stressful, y’know?
Alongside the “first match of the day” bonus, and in exchange for challenge rewards swapping around a bit, the week’s current Ultimate Reward—the Sigil Mark VII Visor—will be given away for free to everyone who logs in between Nov. 23 and 30.
So, it’s a start. In my own experience, it felt like I was moving forward a little faster, or at least seeing the bar tick up a bit more often. As for the actual math? Users on forums like ResetEra are putting it together and well, the numbers are a little iffy.
The trickiest part of all of this is that the first season of Halo Infinite is running until May 2022. While quick progression is good, I do also wonder how much of a consideration is being put into having an extra-long first season compared to their goal of seasons running for three months.
It’s a start, at least, and a sign that 343 Industries is paying attention. The nice part is that Halo Infinite multiplayer is really, really fun to play. So even if I’m not raking in new cosmetics with each match, I’m honestly just keen to keep playing matches of Halo Infinite, whether the progression feels off or not.