The surprise early launch of Halo Infinite's free multiplayer caught many fans off-guard after developers 343 Industries made the announcement at the Xbox 20th Anniversary Celebration event on 15th November. The game was initially slated to release on 8th December, but rumours quickly spread about its early launch following the leaking of the game's store page source code.
While many fans have jumped with joy, Twitch megastar and former professional Counter-Strike player Michael "Shroud" Grzesiek was not impressed. In a Twitch Livestream on 16th November, Shroud explained why he wouldn't be playing the Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta and why he instead anticipated the campaign mode releasing in December.
Why is Shroud not enjoying Halo Infinite?
When probed by fans in his Twitch Chat about whether he was enjoying Halo Infinite, Shroud said that he wasn't really enjoying it. "It's about what I expected, to be honest," he said. However, Shroud continued to add that it's "cool that it's free" but is more interested in the campaign mode.
"I'm more interested in the campaign. I want to play the campaign and f***k around there, and then see if there's any cool custom maps or anything," the Twitch streamer said.
Shroud's sentiments are also not unexpected since he's been rather vocal about the Halo franchise in the past.
For example, after Halo Infinite was delayed due to COVID-19, Shroud said that the franchise felt "outdated" and was concerned that Halo Infinite would not "meet up with current expectations" in a previous Twitch Livestream.
Arguably the saddest part is that Shroud may be right. After the surprise launch, fans slammed 343 Industries for not including a Slayer-only playlist, citing that they just wanted to "shoot dudes." Beyond this, the early launch was also somewhat ruined with a long list of glitches, bugs and errors.
Considering this, it is indeed questionable why 343 Industries decided on an early launch rather than launching on their later intended date in the first place. However, we remain hopeful that the Halo Infinite campaign mode release in December will inspire confidence in the franchise.
Halo Infinite's multiplayer mode is currently available for free on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
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Featured image courtesy of Twitch / Shroud & 343 Industries.