What you need to know
- Halo Infinite players have raised concerns over a growing number of hackers, enabled by its recent PC release, with cross-play also bringing Xbox console players along for the ride.
- The game prevents players from disabling cross-play, except in Arena Ranked, but still allows PC players to play via a controller.
- With no rigorous anti-cheat measures and no option to disable cross-play, those on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S have voiced frustration over the growing epidemic.
Halo Infinite multiplayer is already off to a strong start, drawing millions with its free-to-play offerings, now available on Xbox consoles and PC. Unfortunately, as common with any multiplayer game on PC, it was bound to get its fair share of hackers, especially as a free experience. Even more so, the lack of an anti-cheat is allowing the menace to spread, and with no option to disable crossplay on Xbox, players aren't happy.
According to numerous reports on Reddit and Twitter, some players are not regularly encountering hackers across its multiplayer on Xbox and PC. Players have taken online to share their experiences with hackers in the game.
Played my first hacker today. Sorry I couldnt get the annoying U.I out of the way, but you can clearly see aimbot and wall hacks being used here. Ofc the gt was Player101769 #Halo #HaloInfinite @Halo @HaloSupport pic.twitter.com/0ahOKeO2MfPlayed my first hacker today. Sorry I couldnt get the annoying U.I out of the way, but you can clearly see aimbot and wall hacks being used here. Ofc the gt was Player101769 #Halo #HaloInfinite @Halo @HaloSupport pic.twitter.com/0ahOKeO2Mf— Saabo The Hun (@SaaboTheHun) November 20, 2021November 20, 2021
@343Postums @Unyshek Just matched another cheater/hacker in Halo Infinite. Guy’s gamertag is EUGENEYY on Xbox. Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented. pic.twitter.com/G9hwahtBRK@343Postums @Unyshek Just matched another cheater/hacker in Halo Infinite. Guy’s gamertag is EUGENEYY on Xbox. Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented. pic.twitter.com/G9hwahtBRK— Response (@jcb_response) November 26, 2021November 26, 2021
Halo Infinite already has hackers after less than a week. https://t.co/zSVRO2PkuL #HaloInfinite pic.twitter.com/OjDgS72TSgHalo Infinite already has hackers after less than a week. https://t.co/zSVRO2PkuL #HaloInfinite pic.twitter.com/OjDgS72TSg— Okami Games (@Okami13_) November 22, 2021November 22, 2021
There is currently no way of disabling crossplay within the game itself, a point of frustration, for some.
Developer 343 Industries has stressed players are being "being heard loud and clear," although new problems continue to arise throughout the Thanksgiving break. While cheating remains a hot topic for players, fans are still upset about the tedious and slow progression system in the game, coupled with expensive cosmetics.
The hacker problem has done little to deter the fanbase, however, as Steam is still reporting players peaking at 140,000+ on a near-daily basis, and is not showing any signs of decreasing. Halo Infinite campaign launches on Dec. 8, and will launch for the PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S and will be free to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The multiplayer is currently free on console and PC.
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