GAMING: Halo Infinite Players Aren’t Thrilled With Game’s Battle Pass Progression

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Players are digging into Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer several weeks earlier than expected, and while it seems fans are enjoying 343 Industries’ latest from a gameplay perspective, the game’s battle pass progression is leaving something to be desired.

Halo Infinite doesn’t reward battle pass XP from matches, medals, or performance. All progression is tied to meeting daily and weekly challenges. Although this sounds great in theory, the weekly challenges can be very specific. For example, you might need to kill an enemy Warthog or use a particular weapon to defeat them. Players can still use the Battle Pass to purchase challenge skips to unlock new weekly challenges. However, it’s possible to receive a challenge that is even more difficult than the one they are currently trying to eliminate. Completing all weekly challenges will earn you special cosmetic rewards. This can be frustrating, especially when certain challenges are more difficult than others.

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The weekly challenges wouldn’t be too big a deal if players could make steady progress through doing daily challenges, but that’s not the case either. Daily challenges start easy and consist of playing a certain amount of matches for 100 XP, and the number of matches required goes up the more matches you play within a short amount of time. For example, the first daily challenge requires only one match. The next daily challenge will require you to complete more matches, earn slightly more XP and allow you to play against bots. And if a player continues to exhaust daily challenges, they’ll eventually reach what 343 describes as “Stage Three” daily challenges, which will require players to win multiple multiplayer matches.

That means once you’ve played more than a few hours on a given day, your progression grinds to a halt, with it requiring more and more matches, and eventually winning multiple matches, to make any kind of dent in the battle pass. Combined with weekly challenges that often are requiring players to do very specific tasks or use weapons or vehicles they might not normally use, and it’s understandable why the XP and battle pass progression system is the hottest topic right now on Halo’s subreddit.

Changes to Halo Infinite’s progression system is something 343 has already discussed in an Inside Infinite blog post from September.

“We have heard community feedback around wanting more progression options including things like “match XP” to feed into the battle pass and an entirely separate, incremental system along the lines of earning SR152 in Halo 5: Guardians,” Halo community manager John “Unyshek” Junyszek wrote in the blog post. The team is currently exploring multiplayer progression options and we look forward for future seasons.

Junyszek goes on to state in that same blog post that the team is optimistic that the system at launch “will give players adequate means of continually having something to accomplish and a means to progress” and that 343 does expect the systems to evolve alongside player feedback. Halo community director Brian Jarrard has also said the team is looking at battle pass progression and for players to continue sharing feedback.

Thank you to everyone who has jumped into the #HaloInfintie beta so far! FYI, the team is currently looking at Battle Pass progression. We’re also gathering data from yesterday’s sessions. We’ll keep you posted with any updates. Keep sharing feedback and raising flags. 1/3

— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) November 16, 2021

While Halo Infinite’s battle pass is currently a bit of a slog, players will have a while to work on unlocking all of season 1’s cosmetics and rewards. The game’s first season will be several months longer than originally planned and will conclude in May 2022, with 343 looking to take the extra time to finish season 2 in a “healthy and sustainable way for our team,” 343 has stated. The next season will last for three months.

Halo Infinite battle passes will, thankfully, never expire either. Players will be able to continue making progress towards the game’s first season even after May 2022, as players can choose which battle pass to put their XP towards. Reddit user has pointed out that a battle pass which doesn’t expire won’t help much if it takes too long to level up.

It’s at least clear 343 Industries knows the progression and battle pass system could use some work, and have known for months now. However, changes such as a new progression system will not happen in a matter of hours and are unlikely to come to Halo Infinite any time soon. Players will have to be patient.

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