343 Industries has recently unveiled the 29th content update for Halo Infinite, introducing a host of exciting features, including a new map called Illusion and a limited-time event called Operation: Spirit of Fire. This content drop marks a departure from traditional seasons, with 343 Industries opting for a model of "Content Updates" and "Operations," each lasting approximately 4–6 weeks. Unlike the previous controversial paid battle pass system, Halo Infinite now offers 20 free tiers of unlockable rewards in each content update.
In a comprehensive update post on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries shared details about the Illusion map, which pays homage to the iconic Halo: Combat Evolved. Set in an abandoned ONI black site storing Covenant technology, the map is designed to evoke a sense of nostalgia for Halo veterans. Players can access the Illusion map in the core playlists of Halo Infinite. Additionally, the update brings the Classic Mark IV armor, available for free to players who launch the game during this period.
The latest update also introduces multi-use shoulder customization for all cores and unlocks various Mark IV gear pieces, such as weapon charms and armor attachments, at no cost. Halo TV series Silver Team helmets, inspired by Paramount's series, are also accessible for free, with one helmet released per week.
Key features of the January 30 update include:
- Illusion map
- Operation: Spirit of Fire event
- 20-tier free pass
- Classic Mark IV armor core
- Halo TV series Silver Team helmets
- Multi-use shoulder customization
Furthermore, players can anticipate new Forge features, such as the Covenant Object Palette with over 70 Covenant-themed objects inspired by Halo: Combat Evolved. The Forge Mode Creator enables players to script nodes, save their work, and share their projects. Additionally, a material swap feature for foliage has been introduced, along with enhancements to the Forge AI toolkit, including new behaviors and traits like movement speed and damage resistance.
Operation: Spirit of Fire, running until March 5, promises an eventful February, followed by the Cyber Showdown 3 Operation starting on that date and running until April 5. Subsequently, The Yappening 2 Operation will bring an April Fools theme to Halo Infinite. With these updates, 343 Industries aims to provide a fresh and engaging experience for players, incorporating player feedback and community involvement.