To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Xbox console and Halo: Combat Evolved on Monday, Microsoft released the open beta for the free-to-play multiplayer mode of Halo Infinite, much to fans’ delight. Since then it has been receiving mostly positive feedback, although there’s one thing fans haven’t been too keen on — the battle pass progression.
Depending on who you ask you’ll probably get a different answer for the cause of frustration if the Halo subreddit is anything to go by. There are those that would prefer to pay for the game instead of cosmetics.
Others don’t like the fact that XP progression is tied to playing specific game modes, completing specific actions or getting kills with a specific weapon (you know, like almost every other battle pass in almost every other game), instead of just earning XP as you play. Others think battle pass progression is just too slow overall.
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 good start from the Halo devs
Well, it seems 343 Industries is listening and has already announced a few changes to address that last concern, because that’s what betas are for, right? Community manager John Junyszek explains the studio’s strategy to attempt to fix that: “To address the feedback on Battle Pass progression we will be making targeted tunings to our model later this week.”
Adding a ‘Play one game’ challenge, doubling the duration of the 2XP boosts to one hour and “adjusting, fixing bugs with, and removing some Weekly Challenges” are the changes Junyszek lists in his Twitter thread. These are meant to “make sure you consistently progress through the Battle Pass by playing matches the way you want.”
Junyszek goes on to explain that in order to introduce these changes to the battle pass, it will be necessary to reset weekly challenge progression. But put your pitchforks down, if you log in between 23 – 30 November you’ll be given the ultimate reward as compensation.
We wonder if the changes to make progression faster will encourage people to make bot accounts to farm rewards because that’s always fun for everybody. Junyszek says the changes will be monitored “to make sure they have the positive impact we all want on your progression.” Let’s hope they do.