Recently 343 industries have released their announcement trailer for Halo Infinite’s second season, Lone Wolves. New content, including maps, modes, more cosmetics, a new Battle Pass that doesn’t expire, and limited-time events. We will go through everything we know so far before the new season launches on May 3rd.
New Maps Coming in Season 2 of Halo Infinite
The new 4v4 map is set within an aged and unkept Forerunner facility. We don’t know the entire layout of the map just yet; from the trailer, we have caught a glimpse of a few things. Catalyst appears to have multiple levels, an Energy Sword and Gravity Hammer spawn, also open areas for players to fall off the map. Catalyst will be added to all social playlists on day one of Lone Wolves’ release.
The second new map added with Lone Wolves is Breaker, a BTB map added on day one of release. Breaker is based on a mining location found in one main story moment in Halo Infinite’s campaign. The map appears to be tighter and more compact, with the center featuring a giant moving laser. 343 Industries seems to be leaning toward more environmental hazards in their newer maps, which veteran Halo fans are very familiar with, such as Lockout from Halo 2.
Future Progression & Battle Pass
Since the launch of season one, the community has had an influential voice with desires for changes. 343 has thankfully heard a lot of the initial critiques; while not all can be fixed at once, they will continue to work on many things in the future.
Halo Infinite’s Season 2 Battle Pass will provide more customization in both free and premium tracks. 1000 CR has also been added to the Battle Pass, so players who purchase the premium track will slowly earn their money invested back.
Weekly challenges in Halo Infinite will have better rewards throughout the season, focusing more on coatings, visors, and stances. Weekly Ultimate Challenges will also no longer contain emblems or backdrops throughout the season. We were also provided with knowing the first five weeks of Weekly Ultimate Rewards in season 2. The first five rewards are:
- Week 1: Sentry Stance
- Week 2: Battleship Haze MA40 AR Coating
- Week 3: Alabaster Cognac Razorback Coating
- Week 4: Amber Yesterday Visor
- Week 5: Spring Mountain Stance
Store & XP Changes in Halo Infinite Season 2
The store has gone through many changes, more notably the change in pricing for bundles and individual items since Halo Infinite’s launch. 343 has confirmed that the shop will continue to receive updates, possibly even adding a second page.
XP has also undergone many changes, mainly XP gained after completing challenges, yet per-match XP still needs adjustments. Per-match XP will receive updates later this year, focusing more on player performance rather than a flat 50 XP per match. Double XP boosts will be changed in the future, aiming to work on a per-match basis rather than running in and out of games.
Modes & Balance Changes
One of the bigger outcries from the community is wanting more game modes added to the game. Cyber Showdown brought us the brand-new game mode Attrition, which is returning permanently in Lone Wolves. Attrition is also previewed in the announcement trailer with Spartans fighting in the enclosing red ring from Attrition on the new map Breaker. A beloved fan-favorite mode will also be making its return to social playlists. King of the Hill has been leaked for a few weeks but is confirmed to be added in season 2. We are also keeping our eyes out for much praised and hoped-for infection game mode in Halo Infinite.
A few impactful changes for weapons and equipment will impact Halo’s sandbox next month. A global nerf of 10% to melee damage weapons in Lone Wolves. Most notably, the Mangler will require two shots and a beatdown, which is target nerfed from high-ranked and professional player feedback. Melee fights should also be more consistent, with less phasing through your opponent while trading melee blows.
- The Gravity Hammer will receive a normal melee strike in a future update.
- Splash damage for the Rocket launcher has been tuned to be more consistent.
- A future update will bring changes to the shield FX for better feedback clarity.
- The Ravager’s non-charged shot will receive a damage increase in season 2 of Halo Infinite
- The Drop Wall will see a slight performance increase.
- Overshield will provide slightly more shielding.
- Chopper splatter damage while boosting against vehicles will be increased to mirror its previous iteration like in Halo 3.
- Banshee’s movement and damage output will be increased.
- Warthog & Razorback will be more resistant to flipping or bouncing.
Extra Changes to Expect in Season 2 of Halo Infinite
Audio adjustments have been added to provide feedback better. Also, more minor changes and bug fixes have been addressed.
- Opponent’s shield recharge sound will be reduced to prevent giving players too much information about an enemy’s location.
- The volume of Grunt Birthday Party’s sound will be increased for the campaign.
- Balance adjustments have been made to Personal AI & Spartan Chatter to give more essential callouts more often.
- Players will be able to modify the opacity and thickness of outlines around allies and enemies.
- Players will now be able to enter a Weapon Drill for an unlimited amount of time in season 2.
- BTB asymmetrical Weapon Reck spawns have been adjusted.
- After being revived in Attrition, a player will now be able to move immediately.
- The Motion Tracker will have its outer edge detection enabled for sprinting and shooting in social playlists.
343 has come a long way since the launch of Halo Infinite; hopefully, future balance changes will continue to be heard from the community. These changes show a lot of growth and change in Halo Infinite. With luck, 343 Industries will continue to listen to the community and meet or exceed expectations with Halo Infinite Season 2.
Will Halo Infinite Season 2 and the Halo TV Series be Linked?
With the release of Halo the Halo TV show on Paramount+, many fans are wondering if Halo Infinite may contain spoilers, easter eggs, or other related content from the TV show. For instance, will there be any mention of the show’s Blessed Ones in any of the Season 2 content? Only time will tell.