Halo Infinite fans have discovered a way to play the shooter in split-screen co-op after developer 343 Industries announced it had canned development of the game mode.
While local campaign co-op was previously announced for Halo Infinite, 343’s creative head Joseph Staten confirmed work on the mode had been scrapped in a recent video update. (opens in new tab). As spotted by Eurogamer (opens in new tab)a fan on Twitter (opens in new tab) discovered a workaround that will allow players to access the suspended feature.
The handy menu glitch lets you add other players to your campaign session so you can play Halo Infinite co-op with a buddy next to you. It seems to only be accessible to players on Xbox Series X|S, which will stop PC gamers from having fun.
How to play Halo Infinite in split screen co-op
To play Halo Infinite in split-screen co-op, you’ll first need to launch the campaign solo, create a save file, and have a friend wait in the game’s main menu. They can be inactive on a console version of the game or on PC, but must be connected to the online Halo network. From there, follow these steps:
- Select and load a campaign save file
- When the game starts to load, immediately tap the Xbox Wireless Controller’s view button to open the “Social” menu
- Navigate to the ‘Friends’ tab, find your inactive buddy in the game’s menu and select to join their fireteam
- Go back to the ‘Social’ menu, find the fireteam you just joined and select to leave
- Navigate to the ‘Server’ settings screen and set the server to ‘Local Offline’
- Connect additional controllers to your console and associate them with an Xbox profile, just like you normally would when playing a multiplayer match
- Select ‘Play’ to get started
According to Halo fan account halo creation (opens in new tab), who posted the tutorial online, the solution is seamless. You should be able to play the campaign with a friend without encountering crashes, AI bugs or other glitches. According to another player on Reddit (opens in new tab)the trick also supports four-player co-op.
However, don’t expect the solution to be forever. As a glitch, it will likely be patched in a future update, and 343 is unlikely to ever offer an official alternative.
“We had to make the difficult decision not to ship split screen co-op campaigns and use the resources we would use to do so. [to] check… all these other things,” Staten said in the video update. Those “other things” include quality-of-life updates, live service content, and bug fixes.
Online campaign co-op is still on the table. It is expected to roll out in the game’s Winter Update period between November 8 and March 7, exceeding the August release window announced after several delays. It will be joined by a beta Forge mode, new Covert One Flag competitive game mode, two new multiplayer maps and a free 30-tier battle pass.
But Halo Infinite’s local co-op mode may not have been as impressive as hoped. Online co-op has been available in beta for a few weeks now, and while it’s fun, it doesn’t keep the campaign fresh.