Halo fans are expressing dismay and disappointment regarding 343 Industries' recent Halo Infinite Halo 3 anniversary reveal. The dev team announced a remake of the iconic Pit map from Halo 3 created in Halo Infinite's Forge mode, but fans are saying this isn't enough and that the map itself isn't up to scratch.
Why aren't folks happy with the Halo Infinite Halo 3 anniversary map?
There seem to be a range of reactions to 343's announcement, which was released on Twitter yesterday. Some fans are saying that the map being made in Forge rather than with official dev tools is disappointing, while others are expressing bafflement that 343 dropped the original map's military vibe in favor of a more neon-drenched pseudo-cyberpunk look.
One fan points out that Halo players' expectations are "so damn low" that making a single map, and creating a trailer for that map, has become "the standard". Another fan expresses disappointment that 343's Tashi "hyped us up for a Forge map", and there's also some consternation regarding the fact that the Pit remake doesn't have a release date yet. Halo Infinite's Forge mode arrives November 8th, but this Pit remake seemingly won't arrive with it.
Of course, there are some fans expressing approval for 343's announcement and looking forward to new content for the game. For the most part, though, Halo fans' reaction to this map seems to be pretty negative. Many expected something a little more substantial for Halo 3's 15th anniversary rather than a single map made in a mapmaking mode, but it seems 343 doesn't intend to indulge that expectation.
What's going on with Halo Infinite right now?
To put it simply, not very much. Fans have criticized what they perceive to be the glacial pace of Halo Infinite updates. 343 Industries recently revealed that Halo Infinite Season 3 won't happen until 2023, and the roadmap that accompanied this announcement was met with criticism from fans for being light on content as well.
That announcement was also accompanied by a rather upsetting confirmation for many: the Halo Infinite split-screen campaign mode had been canceled, despite ex-343 head Bonnie Ross saying the series would "always have split-screen support going forward" back in 2017. Needless to say, for many Halo fans, Infinite isn't doing much to win them over right now.
If 343 Industries' recently-released Halo Infinite roadmap is anything to go by, then the studio may find that players drift away from the game in favor of other options. Infinite's Game Pass availability and free-to-play multiplayer component might work in its favor, though, since players don't have much to lose by checking in with it every so often to see if it's improved. Still, if 343 is hoping to keep fans interested on a long-term basis, this might not be the way to go about it. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it.