Some leaked videos of Halo Infinite Forge mode make our minds race with the feature’s wealth of possibilities.
Halo Infinite’s long-awaited Forge mode doesn’t yet have a release date. But recently leaked videos show some seriously promising script elements. One shows that a Call of Duty-style Zombies mode might be possible, while another shows a device that turns your weapons into… well, better weapons (thanks, Wccftech (opens in new tab)).
The videos, sent by YouTuber Helioskrub (opens in new tab), show two very different applications of the potentially deep scripting elements of Halo Infinite Forge mode. While none of the videos are especially granular, they do suggest that Halo Infinite may have the most customizable Forge mode yet.
The first leaked video of the Halo Infinite Forge mode shows the player building a makeshift barricade to block a window. As Helioskrub points out, a Call of Duty-style Zombies survival mode might be possible in Forge mode.
Of course, this also depends on players being able to place AI-controlled enemies against their survival skills. But it can also double as a creative spin on Halo’s iconic Infection multiplayer mode. Infection pits a team of survivors against ‘infected’ players, who are normally only able to use melee weapons. If a survivor is killed, they will be infected themselves.
A Zombies mode made in Forge would be absolutely perfect for Halo’s iconic Flood enemies. Unfortunately, the zombie-like Flood does not appear in Halo Infinite. But if the new Forge mode supports the placement of AI-controlled actors, we’d love to see Flood assets from Halo: The Master Chief Collection repurposed for Halo Infinite.
Bigger and better weapons
The second video shows a working ‘Pack-a-Punch’ machine in which the player can place their weapons. By depositing enough points (generated by a separate button for testing purposes), the player can upgrade their weapons to reflect their more robust campaign versions.
Halo Infinite’s campaign weapons are much more powerful than those found in multiplayer. This can lead to some hilarious multiplayer matches, with Spartans lighting up arenas with explosive pistols.
The creator notes that creating the Pack-a-Punch machine is actually a lot of work. That’s because each weapon needs its own script path to make upgrading possible. So if you want to add updates for every weapon in the game, you probably have a pretty big scripting task ahead of you.
bags of potential
What the leaker showed in the videos above is likely a pretty early version of Halo Infinite’s Forge mode. It’s quite buggy and prone to crashing, which we’d like to think will be cleaned up when we get to the final version.
Traditionally, maps created in Forge mode are tied to a ‘budget’ system. This puts a hard limit on the amount of objects you can place on the map. Thanks to the increased power of Xbox Series X | S, however, Halo Infinite’s Forge mode should allow for a much higher budget cap than previous games.
Unfortunately, we still don’t know when Forge mode will come to Halo Infinite. But the game shouldn’t be lacking updates for much longer. Halo Infinite’s co-op campaign is finally on the horizon, and previously leaked footage (opens in new tab) shows that the long-awaited mode was probably worth the wait.