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Xbox has announced that Halo Infinite’s Forge mode, which is currently still in beta, now has over 1 million creations. Users have also created more than 8.5 million custom matches in the Custom Game Browser since its launch last year. While the life of Halo Infinite has been met with mixed feelings from players post-launch, Forge is at least partially a success.
According to Matt Shore, lead Forge designer at developer 343 Industries, the numbers were accurate on Jan. 2, just under two months after the launch of the Forge beta. Shore also showed off the four maps in the Community Collection, Infinite’s most popular playlist. The developers also plan to add more updates to Forge, including “a Mini Game mode for new card budget categories.”
Halo Infinite’s fortunes have watered down since its release. A delayed launch coupled with lackluster response to the multiplayer offerings has turned off loyal players. Esports viewership has also declined for similar reasons. 343 itself has also gone through a few personnel changes since the game’s launch, with both studio head Bonnie Ross and creative director Joe Staten leaving. It begs the question of where the game – and the series as a whole – will go after the shift in leadership.
343 plans to launch Season 3 of Infinite next week. In a late December update, the studio said in a blog post that Infinite’s launch year was “one of many hard lessons we learned” and that it would roll out “more content, more features and options, more weapons, more cosmetics, more updates” in 2023.
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