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343 Industries issues changes to Halo Infinite Battle Pass progression (update)

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What you need to know

  • 343 Industries is making changes to Halo Infinite's Battle Pass progression later this week.
  • Changes include permanent "Play 1 Game" challenges for consistent progression, adjustments to weekly challenges, and a length increase for XP Boosts.
  • These changes will wipe challenges and challenge progress for all players, so the developers are giving away the Sigil Mark VII Visor Ultimate Reward to make up for it. To obtain it, log into Halo Infinite between Nov. 23 and Nov. 30.

Update, Nov. 18 (12:55 p.m. ET): 343 Industries has deployed its battle pass changes to all Halo Infinite players, now rewarding 50 XP per match, alongside various bug fixes.

In a recent Tweet, 343 Industries Community Manager John "Unyshek" Junyszek has confirmed that Halo Infinite's developers are planning on implementing some changes to the Halo Infinite Battle Pass to address the playerbase's complaints about slow Battle Pass progression. Players should expect to see these changes later this week, according to the announcement.

In terms of what's changing, Junyszek explained that players will now always have "Play 1 Game" daily challenges available so that all players will have a consistent way to progress. Additionally, the developers are also planning to adjust, fix, and remove some weekly challenges based on feedback from players. This likely means that difficult and unpopular challenges like "Kill a player with a Stalker Rifle after they use a Man-Cannon" will be reworked or removed.

The length of XP Boosts is also being increased to one hour (was 30 minutes previously). This change is intended to improve how useful and valuable XP Boosts are, especially for fans of Big Team Battle matches that can often take a long time to complete.

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Junyszek then announced that when these changes are made, the developers will have to reset challenges and weekly challenge progress for all players. To make up for this inconvenience, the Sigil Mark VII Visor Ultimate Reward will be given to every player that logs in from Nov. 23 to Nov. 30.

Overall, it's great to see the developers address fan concerns about Halo Infinite's Battle Pass so quickly, although it's unclear whether or not these changes will be enough to make the Battle Pass truly feel rewarding. The developers have stated that they're committed to evolving systems like this over time, though, so we expect more changes will come if they're necessary.

Halo Infinite's multiplayer is available now for free on both Xbox and PC, and it's arguably one of the best Xbox shooters on the platform. Don't miss our guide on how to download and play Halo Infinite on Xbox and PC right now for details on how to get your hands on the game.

Update Nov. 18 (12:55 p.m. ET) — Halo Infinite battle pass changes now live

Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has issued its first major change to its ongoing beta following a surprise launch on Monday. The move comes in response to player concerns over its battle pass, with some voicing frustration over slow progression through the tier-based reward system. The first round of tweaks aims to better reward players for match completion versus its previous Challenge-centric XP model.

The game now serves players a recurring "Play 1 Game" challenge, designed to attribute players 50 XP with every match finished. Updates have also been made to Heat of the Moment, It Bears Repeating, Jorge Would Be Proud, and Ultra Tech challenges, following reports of the game incorrectly tracking progress from launch. XP Boosts have also been extended to provide additional XP for one hour once activated, versus their previous 30-minute window.

343 Industries has reset challenge progress for all players, as a result of the XP changes. However, the developer has opened its Ultimate Reward, a visor obtained for completing all challenges through launch week, to all players who access the title Nov. 23 through Nov. 30, 2021.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.