To try to be concise, I love Halo, and I really wanted to jump into the Tenrai special event, but had family commitments that severely limited my game time this month. As a slightly older millennial, I do not have as much free time as I used to. And because Tenrai and game modes like Fiesta are only available during specific windows, I was totally denied a chance to experience the game like I wanted to when it unexpectedly released multiplayer early. Getting multiplayer early was a wonderful surprise that turned sour for me really fast due to the limited window for Tenrai and Fiesta not aligning with my personal schedule. I worry that the same thing will happen in the future if Tenrai is always limited to two-week windows. For those of us with limited opportunities to binge game, missing out is really depressing. Especially if we already planned our limited free time in December around Halo Infinite, and now know that Tenrai and Fiesta won’t even be available at all in December. I was motivated to share this feedback after realizing how long it would be before I could potentially take advantage of the Battle Pass I bought. After paying for the Battle Pass, the realization that I won’t be enjoying Tenrai/Fiesta for all of December feels almost like a scam, to the point that it feels hurtful on a personal level even if I know that was not the developer’s intent.
I hope the folks at 343 can appreciate how depressing this feels, and do something for working adults to experience everything Halo Infinite multiplayer has to offer in a way that revolves around our busy schedules, rather than us all being at the mercy of time-limited event schedules that feel arbitrary and may or may not align with our busy lives.
I hope this feedback is both helpful and respectful. Possibly future event windows will last much longer, alleviating part of this concern and frustration. My preferred solution would be to leave all season-specific content up for the entire season, so that busy players can still fully progress through events if they choose.
I also hope this feedback was not too redundant. Others have raised concerns about multiplayer content and the time it takes to progress, but I had not seen anyone emphasize what is for me the central point: I am busy. I do not actually need to progress quickly. Slow progression is fine too. I just need to be able to progress whenever I am free to game, however frequent or infrequent those gaming sessions might be. I need Halo Infinite to always fit my schedule. This is the classic reason that, before streaming became ubiquitous, video games were stealing millennial attention-share from cable tv. Now it feels like we are reverting back to something that should have died with the aughts and cable tv: home entertainment that requires the consumer to tune in at a certain time in order to enjoy the product. I understand that this level of emphasis on time-limited features is a way that many types of games incentivize those with excess amounts of free time to habitually play or spend. But this is a big step backwards from what I expect from Halo and other great games, which never alienated me by being incompatible with my schedule before.
Finally, thank you to everyone at 343 studios for putting so much work already into this game. The unfortunately small amount I have played so far was excellent, and my desire to experience everything when I can is a testament to so many things you are doing right. Thank you for what promises to be a truly great Halo gaming experience.
A Halo fan since 2001