Halo Infinite's Season 1 Events Explained

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Microsoft decided to throw a little curveball at Halo fans when they decided to launch Season 1 early. Those cheeky scamps. Ostensibly to ensure that the launch of Halo Infinite coincided with the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the console and the original Halo game, it means that any progress players make between now and the 'official' launch of the game will be carried over. But there's much to Season 1 than just getting a bit of extra time to play it. Today, we'll explain one of the cornerstones of Season 1 - events. What are they, how do they work, and what else do we know about them. Here are Halo Infinite events explained.

What Is The Format For Season 1?

Season 1 has actually been extended, and will now run until May 2022. This decision was explained in a blog post by Joseph Stalen, the Head of Creative for Halo Infinite. While they had originally envisaged a new season every three months, the longer duration for season 1 is intended to ensure that "Season 2 meets our high quality bar and so we can finish development for Season 2 in a healthy and sustainable way for our team".

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So what are the implications of this decision for Season 1? Well, rather than just stretching out the original schedule. Instead, the intention is to add additional content, consisting of events, customization items, and more.

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Details beyond this remain sketchy, with the promise of more details about the Season 1 calendar expected in January. But one thing we do know a little bit about is events.

What Are Events?

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Events will happen periodically throughout Season 1. Each event will have separate themed rewards and event-specific passes. In Halo Infinite, events will sometimes be centered around things called Fractures.

Fractures will pop up, be available for a limited time, and allow players to access unique rewards, such as armor sets. These can be achieved by meeting a set of pre-determined criteria.

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Fracture events can be perhaps best described as opportunities for Halo to mess with the traditional rules of the Halo universe. These 'cracks' in the Halo universe then allow for some additional creativity for the developers.

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The first fracture event has already started; it's called Tenrai, and runs from November 23rd until November 30th. 343 Industries have confirmed that the content in Tenrai can't be completed in just a week. The intention is that this event will reappear five more times throughout Season 1, giving players the opportunity to unlock further challenges and rewards. We also know that Tenrai will have 30 tiers to complete over the course of the season.

This may indicate the intended format for other events. But to know for certain, we'll need to wait until a more detailed calendar has been released.

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343 Industries did drop some hints about what else we can expect. In their tweet announcing the arrival of Tenrai, they also made reference to a few other events: MCS Spotlight, Winter Contingency, Cyber Showdown, and Tactical Ops.

How Do Battle Passes And Season Passes Work?

The Halo Infinite Battle Pass grants players rewards as they move up the ranks. These include customizations for your vehicles, your weapons, and your Spartan by completing in-game challenges. Many rewards that are available through the Battle Pass can be acquired for free, while other items are only available by purchasing the premium Battle Pass. You can purchase the premium Battle Pass at any point, and unlock any items up to your current level.

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Each season on the game will come with its own Battle Pass, which doesn't rely on your other Battle Pass progress. The seasonal Battle Passes do not expire, and players can return to these no matter what season is currently in operation.

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