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August Drop Pod Preview | Halo

Coming next Tuesday, August 9, our next Drop Pod will focus on improving the player experience on multiple fronts. This update is intended to expand each player’s customization options, include quality-of-life improvements, and lay the groundwork for even more community-requested features.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside!

DIRECT

VISORS WILL NOW WORK ON ALL HEARTS

Currently, there are a multitude of visors in the game spread across the 5 armor cores. If you wanted to use the Noble shiny gold visor (which has so far been locked to the Mark V [B] armor core) to complete your look on one of your other cores, you can get there when the August Drop Pod lands.

This means that all visors that are currently in the game, and all future visors to come, will work on all helmets of all armor cores.

EAGLESTRIK’S Night Wisp visor on a Mark V [B] helmet.
A Spartan Yoroi with a golden visor stands in the armor room.
Athena’s Mirror visor by RAKSHASA on a YOROI helmet.

MARK VII HELMET ACCESSORIES

Continuing the theme of improved customization options, this Drop Pod will also allow certain Mark VII helmet accessories to be worn on multiple Mark VII helmets.

This is a response to player feedback we’ve seen requesting an expansion of Mark VII helmet accessory compatibility. Naturally, this decision came with some complexities as most helmet attachments for the Mark VII core are designed to fit a specific helmet, but some also fit other Mark VII helmets well.

The live team took time with our artists to find out which helmet mounts are the best and fit without awkward cutting or having big holes. Because some combinations may have cuts or large gaps, not all Mark VII helmets will be able to use all helmet mounts, but the total number of options has been increased significantly.

If you have already unlocked these helmets and helmet accessories, they will automatically be usable. If you unlock them in the future, all possible combinations will be unlocked for you. It will not be necessary to unlock them each time you use them.

A full list of helmet and helmet mount combinations will be included in the Drop Pod patch notes when it goes live.

A Spartan Mark VII stands in the armor room while wearing a helmet.
Soldier helmet attachment on a Rampart helmet.
V-brand [B]Stalwart visor on a Mark VII helmet.
A Spartan Mark VII stands in the armor room while wearing a helmet.
Attaching the Warmaster Helmet to the Firefall Helmet.
RAKSHASA’s Sapphire Front visor on a Mark VII helmet.

MULTIPLAYER

ADDITIONAL PLAYLISTS WITH RANKING

As for the multiplayer experience, this update will make it easier for us to implement more ranked playlists in the future. Kicking off will be the Ranked Doubles, which is set to land two weeks after the Drop Pod’s release – complete with a CSR reset. Plus, a Team Doubles social playlist will accompany Ranked Doubles on launch day, meaning Halo Infinite will get twice the 2v2 fun.

We will be monitoring the health of Ranked Doubles and all of our playlists after it is added to the matchmaking lineup. If all playlists continue to work as expected, we will keep these additions and continue to try to add more ranked playlists in the future.

SELECT REGION

At the opening of this blog, we mentioned that we were also laying the groundwork for the future. Although there is no change facing the player here just Still, this Drop Pod contains much of the basics needed to enable region selection in the future. This would allow players to choose between all searches in all regions (faster search times) or their local region (better pings).

This feature is still a long way off, but players can spot some of the backend work that has been done to start setting things up. We’ll have more to share about Region Select as we get closer to its launch.

PRESENTATION

PAUSE MENU CHALLENGES

With this version of Drop Pod, your active challenges will be visible during a match in the pause menu. We know it’s useful to be able to quickly view your active challenges (along with their descriptions) at any time during a match, so we’re very happy to implement it.

A screenshot of the pause menu, which displays challenges on the right side.
Note: This placeholder text is not indicative of future challenges.

Note: This screen will not yet display the exact number (remaining or total) of your challenges. Since Challenges currently update at the end of a match, we’ve chosen not to display the numbers intentionally to avoid confusion about not seeing them updating in real time. We work to make it so do tick during a match, but we wanted to let you know about this useful first step because it was ready.

As always, we’ll have the full patch notes available on the Halo Support site (aka.ms/HaloInfiniteUpdate) when the update is released.

Thank you for your continued feedback on our Waypoint forums, Twitter, Reddit and more as we continue to push to make Halo Infinite the best experience possible. We can’t wait to see you online when the Drop Pod lands next Tuesday, August 9!