Following the news that Halo Infinite will no longer be getting split-screen local co-op, some players have already discovered a way to take advantage of a menu glitch to make it happen.
As reported by Eurogamer, @Zeny_IC on Twitter discovered that players on Xbox Series X/S can use a menu glitch to add three local co-op players to their game. You can check out how it works in the tutorial by @HaloCreation below and read the steps after the video.
pic.twitter.com/x0VAYW2tUh— Halo Création (@HaloCreation) September 3, 2022
Here are the steps, courtesy of Eurogamer, @Zeny_IC, and @HaloCreation:
- Go to the campaign menu and load a save
- Click “Play” and get ready to quickly go to your friend list
- As soon as “loading map” appears, go to your friend list and join a friend who’s idling in the menus
- You can then leave the fireteam
- In the custom lobby, under server, select “Offline”
- You can now connect your other controllers and profiles
- Click “Play”.
Obviously, 343 Industries may patch out/unintentionally break this feature with future updates, and there is no guarantee it won’t crash your Xbox/delete saves/etc., but it appears to be a way to play with friends at home on one couch.
“After checking on Series X, the menu glitches to play Halo Infinite campaign splitscreen still work: no crash in cutscenes, no issue with AIs, etc.,” Halo Creation said. “Never thought I would have to go through this to play with friends at home.”
Despite promising the feature, 343 Industries confirmed it would no longer be bringing split-screen local co-op to Halo Infinite as it is instead going to focus on improving and accelerating “ongoing live service development” and more.
“In order to improve and accelerate ongoing live service development, and to better address player feedback and quality of life updates, we have reallocated studio resources and are no longer working on local campaign split-screen co-op,” said 343 Industries.
The news was shared alongside a glimpse into the future of Halo Infinite, which includes Forge Mode and the full release of online campaign co-op on November 8 and much more.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.