Halo Infinite is not a small name in gaming, same as the Halo series is not unknown to many. It launched right alongside the first Xbox console among its first exclusives and took the world by storm. It quickly became one of the premier first-person shooters of the time, with its captivating story, likable characters, and captivating gameplay.
With the release of Halo 2, Halo became a household name among console owners. Leveraging the newly launched Xbox Live services and online features of Xbox consoles, it was quickly propelled to stardom. Not only was the gameplay vastly improved, but the story also was quite brilliant and enthralling, not to mention the multiplayer component garnering the most acclaim.
Halo 2 greatly contributed to the popularity of online console gaming but in particular, first-person shooting games. Another factor that made it quite intriguing was its split-screen cooperative feature. This allows multiple people to play the campaign together, which greatly boosts enjoyment. This feature was so well-received that all future Halo entries would have the split-screen cooperative feature. To much dismay of the players, this feature was dropped for Halo 5: Guardians.
343 Industries then regretted the decision and outright promised that this would not happen again, and so Halo Infinite, the latest title in the series, was to receive an update in the future to bring the split-screen cooperative feature into the game for the campaign. Recently, on Thursday, 343 Industries published a video to give news on the current status of Halo Infinite and future plans.
In the video, the game’s Creative Lead, Joseph Staten, said, “We’ve had to make the difficult decision to not ship campaign split-screen co-op and take the resources that we would use on [split-screen co-op] and go after this list and all of these other things.” By the “list,” Joseph Staten refers to the roadmap for Halo Infinite’s Winter Update and Season 3.
— Halo (@Halo) September 1, 2022
This was quite a bummer for players who had been impatiently waiting to play the game in the split-screen cooperative feature with friends and family as it was back in Halo’s glory days. However, not all hope seems lost as a glitch has been discovered that allows players to enable the feature and play the game.
@Zeny_IC, the developer behind HaloDotAPI, was able to discover a menu glitch in Halo Infinite on the Xbox Series X that allows players to enable the split-screen cooperative feature mode, as highlighted by @HaloCreation.
— Halo Création (@HaloCreation) September 3, 2022
As the tweet states, the glitch works on the Xbox Series X. Currently, it supports up to four players, cutscenes work properly, and there are no issues with enemy placements, spawning, and artificial intelligence. As stated in the video, the glitch requires a friend to remain idle on the menu page of Halo Infinite to work.
This is because it requires you to join an idle friend’s game and then quit the Fireteam to trigger. Following the instructions further allows the friend and you to play the split-screen cooperative feature. This also indicates that the much-demanded feature was already present in the game files and was not to be added through a future update.
Perhaps there were some kinks to iron out for 343 Industries which is why it had not been announced to players but would now be unable to. Regardless, players can now play this with their friends. On the other hand, players are still complaining about the annoying matchmaking issues in the game, which 343 Industries is yet to resolve.
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