What you need to know
- Halo Infinite is the latest first-person shooter from 343 Industries and Xbox Game Studios, and its free-to-play multiplayer is now available.
- Today, 343i is kicking off the limited-time Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass, which features a ton of exclusive samurai-themed rewards.
- Players can complete event-specific challenges to progress, but there's a limit to how far you can progress in the first week.
- Players will have to wait for Fracture: Tenrai to return throughout Season 1 (starting in Jan. 2022) to finish the event.
Halo Infinite is in the hands of thousands of players thanks to its Multiplayer Beta, and players are mostly ecstatic with what this ambitious free-to-play shooter has to offer. On Tuesday, 343 Industries kicked off the first limited-time event in Halo Infinite with Fracture: Tenrai. This non-canon event gives players a chance to obtain a ton of samurai-themed gear and rewards for Halo Infinite, and looks pretty great overall.
343i has revealed the progression system for the Event Pass, and it may not be what players were expecting. Players still need to complete event-specific challenges to progress, similar to the Halo Infinite Battle Pass, but every completed challenge rewards a full tier instead of a specific amount of XP. However, it appears that players are not be able to complete the Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass during the week of Nov. 23-30, 2021, as 343i has placed a progression cap on the event.
Once players have run out of event challenges to complete, they'll be unable to progress any further through Fracture: Tenrai this first round. Instead, players have to wait until the Event Pass returns throughout Season 1 of Halo Infinite. 343i has confirmed that the Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass is going to appear six times during Season 1, with the second appearance coming at some point in Jan. 2022.
It's also confirmed that tier skips do not work for the Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass, meaning players can not spend real-world money to progress to the end without completing challenges. If you encounter a challenge that's too difficult to complete, you can still use a Challenge Swap to replace it with something else.
Halo Infinite has received some criticism from the Halo community thanks to its abnormal progression systems in its multiplayer, but it still promises to be one of the best Xbox games thanks to its stellar gameplay and foundations. While you won't be able to complete the Fracture: Tenrai Event Pass during the first week, players will get plenty of opportunities to progress through it over the coming months.
Halo is back
Halo Infinite is the next chapter in this legendary first-person shooter franchise, and it sees epic multiplayer return alongside another Master Chief adventure. Halo Infinite's multiplayer is better than ever, and gives players a number of ways to personalize their Spartan.
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Man, 343 cannot do ANYTHING right with this game, it seems. First, they drop the old progression system and replace it with a Battle Pass that is painfully slow to progress. Then, while they're expecting you to grind this joke of a progression system, they add a secondary progression system that has time gates to keep you from progressing TOO MUCH while you're grinding the terrible Battle Pass? Seems this is also a 3-week event, with 30 levels of progression. Odds are, they'll unlock 10 levels each week, so we won't be able to get the good stuff until the first week of February. It's going to be 2.5 MONTHS before we're "allowed" to finish this, but 343 said they wanted a system people enjoyed, rather than something that felt punitive and forced..?
This mission system is confusing and hard as hell. Wasn't a time-limited event mission supposed to always appear? They're mixed with weekly missions and sometimes no event mission appears (I even though: 'huh? is these two missions all?'). There are some looong matches and most of the times we can't complete even one mission per match, so... Why not another tab/set of mission only for the event?
Epic Games does a nice job in Fortnite battle pass and event missions, maybe they can exchange some ideas haha
Meh, It's not that big of a deal. I played it on and off, and managed to finish the weekly, and what I could of the Tenrai, and had an absolutely blast doing it and it didn't feel like a grind, it's a frickin beta right, and just wait. Pro-Tip, I used my Bing Rewards and Game Pass Quest points on the Premium Bundle for the Battle pass.
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