Halo Infinite fans discovered a way to play the shooter in split-screen co-op, after developer 343 Industries announced that it had canned development on the game mode.
While local campaign co-op was previously announced for Halo Infinite, 343 Chief Creative Officer Joseph Staten confirmed that work on the mode was scrapped in a recent video update (opens in new tab). as seen by eurogamer (opens in new tab)A fan twitter (opens in new tab) discovered a workaround that allows players to access the archived resource.
The nifty menu glitch lets you add other players to your campaign session, so you can play Halo Infinite co-op with a friend by your side. Appears to be only accessible to Xbox Series X gamers | S, leaving PC gamers out of the 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 solo campaign, create a save file, and have a friend waiting in the game’s main menu. They can be inactive in a console version of the game or on PC, but they must be connected to the Halo online network. From there, follow these steps:
- Select and upload a campaign save file
- As the game starts to load, immediately tap the View button on the Xbox Wireless Controller to open the ‘Social’ menu
- Navigate to the ‘Friends’ tab, find your idle friend in the game menu and select to join their squad
- Go back to the ‘Social’ menu, find the squad 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 link them to an Xbox profile as you normally would when playing a multiplayer game
- Select ‘Play’ to get started
According to Halo fan account halo creation (opens in new tab), who posted the tutorial online, the solution is perfect. You should be able to play the campaign with a friend without crashes, AI bugs or other glitches. According to another player reddit (opens in new tab)the cheat also supports four-player co-op.
Don’t expect the workaround to be forever, though. As a glitch, it will likely be fixed in a future update, and 343 is unlikely to provide an official alternative.
“We had to make the difficult decision to not ship the split-screen co-op campaign and use the resources we would have used for that. [to] go after all these other things,” Staten said in the video update. These “other things” include quality of life updates, live service content, and bug fixes.
Online campaign cooperation is still on the table. It is expected to release in the game’s winter update period between November 8 and March 7, beating its August release window which was announced after several delays. It will be accompanied by a Forge beta mode, new Covert One Flag competitive game mode, two new multiplayer maps, and a free 30-level battle pass.
But Halo Infinite’s local co-op may not have been as impressive as expected. Online co-op has been available in beta for a few weeks now, and while fun, it doesn’t keep the campaign fresh.