- Halo Infinite’s latest update introduces the Illusion map and the Operation: Spirit of Fire event, providing players with new content and experiences.
- Players can unlock 20 tiers of free rewards in the current Operation, with future Operations offering unique themes and armor cores.
- The update also brings improvements to Forge Mode, including a Covenant Object Palette, Forge Mode Creator, and new AI toolkit features, enhancing the creative capabilities of players.
343 Industries released its 29th content update for Halo Infinite with a brand-new map, the limited-time Operation: Spirit of Fire event, and much more. The Halo Infinite developers detailed the new update and shared insight into what’s arriving in the game within the next three months as well.
Leading up to the January 30 update, 343 Industries confirmed that Halo Infinite will no longer run traditional seasons. Instead, the development team will deliver content in “Content Updates” and “Operations,” which are major in-game events that last roughly 4–6 weeks at a time. Content Updates, or CUs for short, will contain new maps, gear, and other content that Halo fans typically expect with the seasonal model. 343 Industries also abandoned the controversial paid battle pass system for Halo Infinite, with each content update featuring 20 free tiers of unlockable rewards instead of 100 paid tiers.
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In a new Halo Waypoint post, 343 Industries confirms the latest Halo Infinite update introduces the all-new Illusion map, the Operation: Spirit of Fire event, the Classic Mark IV armor, and various new features. Designed as a love letter to the iconic Halo: Combat Evolved, the Illusion map takes place on an abandoned ONI black site that stores recovered Covenant technology that may look familiar to those who have played prior Halo entries. The new map is available in Halo Infinite’s core playlists, and players may equip the Classic Mark IV armor for free by simply starting up the game. What’s more, the new update lets players take advantage of multi-use shoulder customization for all cores and unlock additional Mark IV gear pieces for free, including weapon charms and armor attachments. Silver Team helmets from the Halo TV series by Paramount will also be available for free within Halo: Infinite, with one helmet being available per week.
Halo Infinite January 30 Update New Content and Features
- Illusion map
- Operation: Spirit of Fire event
- Classic Mark IV armor core
- Halo TV series Silver Team helmets
- Multi-use shoulder customization
- New Forge features
- Covenant Object Palette
- Forge Mode Creator
- Material Swap
- More AI toolkit features
Operation: Spirit of Fire will be active until March 5, so February will be an eventful month for Halo Infinite players wanting to unlock all 20 tiers for free. Once this Operation concludes, the Cyber Showdown 3 Operation will begin with a “viral machine” aesthetic and rewards for the CHIMERA armor core. Cyber Showdown III will run until April 5, and The Yappening 2 Operation will bring an April Fools theme to Halo Infinite that same day.
343 Industries rounds out the latest update by bringing new features and improvements to Halo Infinite’s ever-popular Forge Mode, including a material swap feature for foliage. Firstly, the Covenant Object Palette is now available with over 70 Covenant-themed objects inspired by Halo: Combat Evolved. The all-new Forge Mode Creator lets players script nodes, save their work, and share their projects with others. This feature should help players free up map budget in Forge Mode and quickly find community maps. Lastly, the Forge AI toolkit receives a number of new behaviors and traits, including movement speed and damage resistance.
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Halo Infinite is the latest entry in the long-running Halo series. A first for the franchise, this game is open-world, features a grapple system, and more.
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