I’m gonna be honest, I don’t think Forge is going to have the impact that people think it will. Forge as a tool is not something a lot of people can easily jump into - I know for myself, that I’m not going to devote hours to learning how to Forge properly. 3, Reach and 4’s Forge was very easy to use, and while the added complexity is good for the minority, the majority won’t be able to utilize it effectively.
Then there’s the Challenge system disincentivizing players to utilize Forge, mixed with how bad Custom Games are, and with how just woeful the technical issues with the game are.
As for the roadmap itself? It’s just plain embarrassing. I’ve heard talk that within the same span that 343 put two maps into Halo Infinite, Call of Duty’s team put in 29. Plus, Call of Duty’s online play isn’t completely busted. I can’t even play Infinite anymore because it feels like the entire game is stacked against me on PC.
Having to beta test Match XP is just… I’m sorry, but that’s pathetic. That should be an easy feature to implement.
I’m overall extremely disappointed, but that’s par for the course at the moment. I personally think that with Call of Duty MW2 right around the corner, mixed with Warzone 2, Halo Infinite doesn’t stand a chance. Whereas MW2 will probably be feature complete on launch, 343 is struggling to add basic, simple features that are present in other games.
343 has done nothing for the Halo franchise but make me disappointed. I don’t like the new updates to MCC - I don’t like the Series system, I don’t like the incredibly boring Pose-system at the end of each match, I don’t like the changes and additions to each game that have diluted it further and further from the classic experience of Halo. Infinite is almost dead in the water, with a nine month season that is offering very little, both in terms of new content and technical fixes to make the game more fun to play, especially on PC where the player-base has evaporated due to how bad the game feels to play.
As a long-time Halo fan, someone who grew up playing the classical Halo games, I feel nothing but apathy towards Infinite and 343 as a company. I wish I could go back to the days of Halo when I felt something, anything remotely positive about this franchise and the direction of where this is heading.