Halo Infinite co-op: How to play the campaign
Co-op play is coming very soon.
Halo Infinite sets players loose in across both the largest Halo campaign and multiplayer with Arena and Big Team Battle. While Halo Infinite's campaign is available and was well received critically, co-op play was not included at the game's launch. The feature, a staple of past mainline Halo games, hasn't been scrapped entirely. Instead, it was delayed to allow developer 343 Industries to polish other elements of the singleplayer campaign.
We're keeping track of everything announced for Halo Infinite's campaign co-op so far, including the player count, split-screen support, and any unique features and when the release date is set.
Halo Infinite co-op campaign: Player count and split-screen
Right now, we don't know how many players will be able to enjoy Halo Infinite co-op together. Halo games have varied in the past, though every game except Halo 5: Guardians supported some kind of split-screen play, as the feature aided the games in being see as some of the best Xbox games available.
Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 support 2-player co-op, including split-screen. Halo 3 and Halo: Reach support 4-player co-op, though only up to two players can play in split-screen, with the others joining through system link or online. Halo 5: Guardians supports 4-player co-op, but no split-screen at all.
Split-screen play in Halo Infinite actually varies depending on your chosen platform, as the processing power provided by the newer consoles means more players, but not in every mode. On the last-generation Xbox One and Xbox One X, Halo Infinite supports two-player co-op in Arena and Big Team Battle. On Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, up to four players can play split-screen in Arena, while Big Team Battle is still capped at two players.
Split-screen play is not currently supported on PC, but the feature is coming in a post-launch update according to 343 Industries. Halo Infinite will support co-op play between Xbox consoles and PC, as Halo Infinite supports full cross-play and cross-progression, like many other modern Xbox Game Studios titles.
Halo Infinite co-op campaign: Release date
Right now, there isn't an exact confirmed release date for the Halo Infinite campaign. 343 Industries has shared that the current target month for network co-op is August 2022, as part of Halo Infinite's current roadmap. Meanwhile, split-screen co-op was moved to Season 3, which is set to begin on Nov. 8, 2022.
Prior to the launch of the single-player campaign, head of creative Joseph Staten said the team was aiming to launch the co-op campaign around the launch of multiplayer Season 2. Season 1 of the multiplayer is currently slated to end on May 2, 2022, so it was safe to assume May 2022 is when the co-op campaign would arrive. This date was later bumped, with the team at 343 Industries sharing that co-op campaign would still arrive during Season 2, but not at the start.
We'll keep you posted with further updates as 343 Industries shares more information on the co-op campaign.
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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.