Call this what it is: Retail Early Access

With launch nearing and the statements made by multiple members of 343, along with what we knew was going to be missing for months, it’s time to call this game what it is: A retail early access title that won’t be feature complete for at least 9 months.

  • No new playlists for 1 to 3 months.
  • No campaign coop for 6-ish months.
  • No Forge for at least 9 months.
  • No new maps for several months, at least.
  • No in-game social functions like service records.
  • No tangible anti-cheat.
  • Significant server side sync issues.
  • Bugs galore, even in things as simple as scoreboards (which can display inaccurate team information).

By this time next year, the game will probably be in an amazing state but right now it’s an early access title that is living on brand name alone. Early adopters are going to be (rightfully) frustrated waiting for basic things to be added over the course of the next year, and I don’t think they should be discouraged from venting that frustration (so long as it doesn’t turn into death threats and the like).

My biggest issue is I’m tired of 343 doing this – delivering the minimum viable product and patching the rest in over time. They did this with MCC, they did it with Halo 5, and now they’re doing it with Infinite. I guess it’s too much to ask for these days that triple-A studios deliver a complete product on time after years of, and hundreds of millions of dollars spent on, development.


Wait, no campaign Co-Op for 6 months? WTF!?!?!
I just found that out. I regret purchasing the game now. Man, what is going on with 343i.
They have yet to put out a good Halo game and are releasing an early access game with limited features.
I was so hyped for Infinite and not having co-op at launch is a bummer. I’m convinced they don’t know what they are doing at this point.

Every other AAA developer has been able to release games with most, if not all intended features at launch. 343 is releasing a stripped down version of the game. I hope no one purchases this game, please do not give them your money. They deserve to suffer a loss on this.

Missing campaign co-op is, honestly, one of the biggest head scratchers for me. It’s a staple of Halo and won’t be there on launch? HUH?

At this point, I’m tired of seeing 343 dev fluff coming out of twitter and reddit explaining why these features are missing. I want to see some damn board meeting minutes or something tangible for why these decisions were made.