Hey all – we’re back with another weekly update! This time we wanted to provide more info on Big Team Battle, continue our conversations around the Shop, and more. Let’s get to it!
Big Team Battle Status Update
Using the telemetry we received from the hotfix on January 19, we were able to make a new build with an update that we believe should address the core issue impacting the BTB playlist. The studio ran a successful playtest today and plans to send it off for certification on Monday. After it’s sent off, it will take some time to go through the certification process and to find out if it’s approved. Once it’s approved, we’ll begin preparing to release it to the public. Since there’s still a little more of the internal release process to go through, the earliest we’d expect this hotfix to land would be next Thursday, February 3.
This week we rolled out individual items for the first time in the Shop and have been paying attention to the feedback covering everything from the presentation of items to specific pricing.
We’ve seen the desire to have bundles, while making the individual items within it purchasable on their own. This is not something the Shop supports right now and we’re evaluating our overall presentation to see how we can better meet the needs and expectations. Through the rest of Season 1, our focus is to provide a better offering of individual items and bundles to help players get the customization they would like without having to buy larger bundles.
Our quick shift post holidays was in recognition that we were not delivering on value, quality, or price. The offers we are running now, and will continue to run throughout S1, are to help us learn what is working and what’s not. This will take time, but we know that our learnings here will positively impact Season 2 right off the bat.
There have also been some questions about how and if previous bundles would return to the Shop, and right now we are looking at this on a bundle-by-bundle basis. Some bundles will come back into rotation and some will be broken up to allow players to purchase their individual items. We’ll have more info to share on this in the future.
And yes, the cat ears (aka Purrfect Audio helmet attachment) will make a return to the Shop again this season.
Behemoth CTF in Ranked
Earlier this week, Behemoth CTF was removed from our Ranked playlists for the time being. If you’re interested in learning more about the data and player feedback that led to this decision, you can read more here on Waypoint.
Cyber Showdown’s Neon Screen & Neon Hawk
Eagle-eyed players noticed these two Armor Effects weren’t absolutely, perfectly aligned with their Spartans’ helmets, spurring some light-hearted memes. Don’t worry though, we’ve busted out our levels and protractors and will get these centered when Season 2 rolls around.
Again, thank you for continuing to provide quality feedback, day-in and day-out, on Halo Infinite. We see it all, and we’re acting on what we can quickly while also taking stock of what we’d like to target for larger updates down the line.
We hope you all have a good weekend, and we’ll see you online!