Now that the Halo Infinite multiplayer experience is finally here, many fans are looking forward to the free in-game events that the developers are planning to hold periodically throughout its first season. Like the Halo Infinite Fracture: Tenrai event, these events will offer players a chance to earn several themed rewards while they're active and may even feature a unique gameplay experience as well.
One of these events is titled Winter Contingency, which recently went live in-game. Here's everything we know about Halo Infinite's Winter Contingency event, including its start and end date, rewards list, and more.
Halo Infinite Winter Contingency start date and time
The Winter Contingency event officially went live on Dec. 21, 2021, and is scheduled to conclude on Jan. 4, 2022. This means that the event will be active for two weeks.
Like Halo Infinite's standard weekly resets, the Winter Contingency update released at 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET. This will likely also be the time that the event goes offline once it concludes, so keep that in mind if you're planning some last-minute event grinding.
What is Halo Infinite Winter Contingency?
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Winter Contingency and its free event pass arrive tomorrow as the latest free event for #HaloInfinite! pic.twitter.com/Ujf0K0LlBhTomorrow, it's time for a deck the hall brawl.
Winter Contingency and its free event pass arrive tomorrow as the latest free event for #HaloInfinite! pic.twitter.com/Ujf0K0LlBh— Halo (@Halo) December 20, 2021December 20, 2021
Like Halo Infinite's Fracture: Tenrai event, the Winter Contingency event is a free in-game event that all players are able to paricipate in. Notably, the event will be heavily themed after the holiday season and winter.
Players can earn a variety of holiday-themed rewards, including armor coatings that prominently feature festive colors such as white, peppermint red and pink, light green, and more. There are also new player emblems, weapon charms, and other cosmetics as well — including items available exclusively on Halo Infinite's microtransactions shop. According to 343 Industries, players are able to earn many of these rewards by playing one match per day during the event.
Something worth noting is that while Winter Contingency is similar to Halo Infinite's Fracture events, the developers have stated that the event "is not the same scope/magnitude" as them. This means that players shouldn't expect as many rewards, and that there's not any new playable content being offered.
Does Halo Infinite Winter Contingency have new content?
While the addition of Fiesta during the Fracture: Tenrai event suggested that Halo Infinite's free events will include a new form of playable content, it seems like Winter Contingency does not since the developers stated it won't be as large as Fracture: Tenrai and because there doesn't appear to be any new content in the game.
Halo Infinite Winter Contingency rewards list
Like other Halo Infinite events, Winter Contingency has its own dedicated Event Pass that is completely separate from the standard Halo Infinite Battle Pass. Since the event is free, players can progress through this Event Pass without having to spend any money by playing one match per day. As they progress, they'll earn each of the rewards that 343 Industries is offering over the course of the event. We also expect that some additional unlocks will become exclusively available in the Halo Infinite microtransactions shop during the event, although there aren't any Winter Contingency items in the store right now.
Based on everything we can see in the Winter Contingency Event Pass, here's an overview of everything that's available during the Winter Contingency event.
|Wild Justice (Tier 1)||Nameplate|
|Peppermint Laughter (Tier 2)||Armor Coating|
|UA/TATIUS Left Shoulder (Tier 3)||Armor Piece|
|UA/TATIUS Right Shoulder (Tier 4)||Armor Piece|
|Peppermint Laughter (Tier 5)||Weapon Coating (Assault Rifle)|
|Snowmageddon (Tier 6)||Backdrop|
|NAVLOGCOM (Tier 7)||Nameplate|
|Peppermint Laughter (Tier 8)||Weapon Coating (Sidekick)|
|Myesel Ammo Pouch (Tier 9)||Armor Piece|
|Sunset Contessa (Tier 10)||Armor Coating|
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"It's possible that the event will only include cosmetics to earn and won't have a limited time playlist. However, it's also possible that Winter Contingency will have some form of new content to enjoy, such as snowy versions of Halo Infinite maps or maybe even a snowball fight playlist" Might want to do a 2nd pass on that part. That aside I think events are a great idea and I hope they keep doing them and also doing them once a month or once every other month would be better actually. I don't think there would be anything I'd use from this event but it's still fun to have. Especially if the decorate maps with Christmas trees or things like that. Even cooler if some showed up in campaign randomly despite the biome
Was the code phrase 'The Winter Contingency' the UNSC signalling the Covenant had been discovered on the planet Reach?
Yep! Fun callback they included here :)
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