The newly released Halo Infinite has established itself and garnered a fairly favorable critical reception at launch. Launching alongside other industry giants such as Battlefield 2042 and Call of Duty: Vanguard, the latest addition to the long-standing sci-fi FPS has seen a largely positive reception, although it has still fallen victim to criticism over time.
Despite the fact that Halo Infinite has been praised for its bold open-world campaign and free-to-play multiplayer, the latter has taken a while to fully resonate with fans in providing that classic Halo multiplayer experience that has proven to be so successful historically. The addition of depth and contextualization to post-launch content with the periodic arrival of multiplayer narrative events could be a very shrewd way to improve Infinite‘s multiplayer offering.
What Halo Infinite’s Narrative Events Are
There is still some confusion as to what exactly the narrative events of Halo Infinite will entail. However, like many aspects of Infinite’s multiplayer formula, other popular online shooters can serve as an idea of what to expect.
Fortnite has provided some of the most high-profile interactive narrative events in recent memory of live service games. With Halo Infinite sharing Fortnite’s free-to-play access and seasonal Battle Pass system, the former could have taken inspiration from the latter’s narrative-telling, given how successful it has been. Fortnite’s narrative events mostly consist of using the game itself as a vehicle to tell a story attached to a given season with interactive in-game events and cutscenes.
This helps give serious depth to a season, giving it utility beyond just providing content in the form of cosmetics or other minor benefits, and allowing it to inform a continuous narrative that’s relevant to expanding the lore and worldbuilding of a franchise. Given the difficulty Halo Infinite has had in retaining its playerbase, the introduction of this type of narrative event to Infinite could prove invaluable in providing player longevity throughout seasons.
With Infinite’s seasons being uncharacteristically long with a six-month duration, the benefits of narrative events to break up the season and provide a continuous story are more than clear to see. The seasons of Halo Infinite are complemented by overarching themes, with season 2 of Halo Infinite being Lone Wolves. This already existing theme for season 2 gives credence to the narrative events following a gradually expanding story surrounding the Lone Wolf Spartans that season 2 will focus on.
Confirmed Narrative Events in Halo Infinite
With the recently revealed roadmap for season 2 of Halo Infinite, two specific narrative events were named and given release dates. The first narrative event planned for season 2 is called “Entrenched,” and will last from May 3 to May 16.
The second narrative event will be called Alpha Pack, giving further validity to the aforementioned possibility of the narrative events relating to the Lone Wolf theme of season 2. The Alpha Pack narrative event will last from July 19 to August 1. In addition to these confirmed narrative events for season 2, the roadmap also revealed the intention for narrative events to also be implemented in season 3, although details of these events are currently unknown.
Halo Infinite is available now for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
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