Update: 343 has now confirmed that the ability to replay campaign missions will be added after the game launches.
Speaking to The Verge, 343 Industries associate creative director Paul Crocker explained: “We haven’t announced a date but that is being worked on.”
“We want to have replay that works well, and when you have a more open game, it gets a lot trickier,” he said. “So we made a decision to improve the quality of the single-player campaign to ensure that, as a foundation, that it’s as strong as it possibly could be so that we could then add the other features back in.”
In a move breaking with longstanding series tradition, Halo Infinite‘s campaign won’t let you replay its story missions – meaning that the only way to do so would be to access them again through a different save file.
In a statement issued by Microsoft to Polygon, the company confirmed that story missions in the game can’t be replayed once completed. The change comes in stark contrast to previous Halo games, which have traditionally allowed players to replay missions through a dedicated menu system.
“The postgame does give you the option to keep exploring the wider environment, but for missions like the first two, where you’re not on the ring yet, you can’t replay from the same save file,” Microsoft clarified. “You’d be able to get any remaining FOBs, targets, [and] audio logs, but the main story missions would not repeat.”
As per Polygon, one of the main reasons that players aren’t able to replay completed story missions stems from the game’s semi-open world structure. While missions do take place in a linear order, some require players to clear different regions of the world in order to complete them. Once completed, players are usually able to head back to those areas and explore, however, in doing so you won’t be able to trigger a story mission a second time.
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For many players, this may feel like a shame – especially given the critical praise that Infinite’s campaign has received over the past few days. In our review of Halo Infinite’s campaign, we awarded it a 9/10 stating that it has “brought Halo’s single-player campaign back into contention as one of the finest out there.”
Halo Infinite’s campaign launches tomorrow (December 8). During the wait, many players have been getting to grips with the game’s multiplayer mode, which despite running into some issues with progression and hackers, has also received praise from fans and critics alike.
For more on Halo Infinite, make sure to check out this article detailing the hidden multiplayer modes PC players have found in the game.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.