Have you ever lost interest in a game because you couldn’t keep up with its seasonal events? Well, the Halo Infinite battle pass plans to solve that issue as they will be permanent unlocks and can be accessed at any time. Yes, even after its designated season is over.
343 had already brought this up in the multiplayer overview video from E3 2021 (as you can see below), but Halo Infinite‘s Live Team Design Director Ryan Paradis and Lead Progression Designer Christopher Blohm recently went into more detail in a recent Q&A. This includes its unique direction that allows players to purchase and complete seasonal battle passes at their own leisure.
The goal with the Halo Infinite battle pass is to not make it a grind. This means that every single seasonal battle pass can be completed at any time. And if you missed it, you can also purchase it after the season is over. Players can choose what battle pass they want to progress at any given time, but can only pick one to level up at a time, meaning players can’t wait five seasons, buy each battle pass, and then level them all up at the same time.
Here is what Paradis had to say about 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite battle pass:
“First and foremost, we’re working hard to ensure that the Battle Pass isn’t a ‘grind’ for players. We want it to be a supplemental reward stream for the time you were already putting into the game. I for one can’t stand it when I’m playing a game JUST to complete the Battle Pass – it feels like a chore to me.
On how we’re going to be different… We’re going player-first with our Battle Passes: All Battle Passes will be permanent. This means that the Season 1 Battle Pass will be around forever; you can always go back, select that as your active Battle Pass and continue to earn progress in it. If you decided to take a Season off, or you simply didn’t have time to play, that’s fine. You can always go back and purchase any prior Battle Pass as well. Additionally, our passes will always include various free rewards in addition to the premium track. This goes back to a few pillars of ours: Provide unambiguous value and maintain that player-first focus.
We looked at other titles, where you buy something that provides time-limited access to the pass, and now you feel obligated to play… That’s not fun, and it’s not player-first. If you put the trust in us, and purchase something from us, it’s yours. No strings attached.”
Besides its unique spin on seasonal events with the Halo Infinite battle pass, additional info was revealed for its free multiplayer mode. This includes a seasonal theme titled “Heroes of Reach” which will may be inspired by the fan-favorite Xbox 360 entry, Halo Reach.
While a specific date has yet to be revealed, Halo Infinite is expected to launch in holiday 2021 for Xbox platforms and PC. It will be available on Xbox Game Pass on day one.