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343 Industries Details Halo Infinite XP Payout Changes Following Backlash

| Nov 30, 2021
343 Industries details Halo Infinite XP Payout Following Backlash

343 Industries have announced that Halo Infinite‘s XP payout is changing in an upcoming update coming later today which is in response to player backlash over the game’s progression system, the change is only applicable to the first six matches of each day.

Two weeks ago, Xbox Game Studios released a beta of Halo Infinite‘s free-to-play multiplayer portion of the game on the 20th anniversary of 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved. Since its release developer, 343 has faced criticism from fans which is due to the game’s slow pace progression through the battle pass. Players gain experience through completing daily challenges, not for completing matches and other aspects. 343 Industries’ Halo Community Manager, John Junyszek details the XP payout update in a recent Twitter thread.

“When we made our initial change to progression, which added Daily “Play 1 Game” Challenges, updated Weekly Challenges, and doubled the duration of 2XP Boosts, we promised that we’d monitor the data and make additional changes if needed. Now, it’s time to follow up on that,” Junyszek said in a Twitter thread.

After seeing how XP was earned with those changes, we noticed that players were starting their sessions with slower payouts than we’d like. To address this, we will be increasing the XP payout for the first 6 matches of each day.

An outline of the XP payout update changes in the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta are listed below.

  • 1st Game = 300XP
  • 2nd Game = 200XP
  • 3rd Game = 200XP
  • 4th Game = 100XP
  • 5th Game = 100XP
  • 6th Game = 100XP
  • 7th+ Game = 50XP

Junyszek adds that 343 Industries “believe this increase will help address those slower initial payouts while also benefiting those of you jumping on each and every day”. Halo Infinite is the first mainline entry in the series that the multiplayer won’t be behind a paywall. It’s a first for 343, and you can see that they are trying hard to figure out what Halo plays like in a Free-to-play environment, which is a tough space to compete in a world where games like Fortnite dominates every year. As the weeks go by, you can see the developer is improving the game with each update thanks to fan criticism.

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