Despite being cancelled by 343 Industries, Halo Infinite split screen co-op seems to be working pretty well.
It came as a shock to Halo fans when 343 announced split screen co-op had been canned in a recent update. The feature is one of Halo’s oldest, and lots of Halo fans have fond memories of playing campaign locally with their friends. I know if I hadn’t played Halo co-op at a friend’s house, I would have never been persuaded to get an Xbox myself.
Despite that, 343 cancelled the feature simply because they couldn’t get it to work in good time. They wanted to focus on other things, like the upcoming Forge mode and other content. However, it seems like split screen co-op actually works just fine already.
Split Screen Glitching
It’s possible to glitch your way into a split screen co-op game in the campaign. This was discovered by Halo players almost immediately after the cancellation was announced. And it was quickly discovered that after some tests, it works extremely well already
Digital Foundry’s John Linneman wrote about the feature on Eurogamer. He stated that although the process of getting into the game was convoluted, it’s effective. “In terms of basic logistics then, split-screen just works – give or take the occasional glitch.”
Apparently, the performance in split screen is really smooth. It’s even serviceable on Xbox One consoles, which is surprising.
It appears that the feature is extremely close to completion. That makes the decision from 343 to cancel it even more confusing. It’s such an important part of Halo, and it doesn’t seem like it’d take much more work to iron out those glitches.
Of course, we don’t truly know what’s going on at 343. Clearly, their priorities are on other content. Hopefully they don’t find the time to remove the current version of split screen co-op like they did other fun campaign glitches.
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