The boxed version would be unusable without an Internet connection.

Halo Infinite campaign tests have been dropping around the world since this morning. These articles clearly show that the 343 Industries game is popular with the press. The latter, however, had access to the game via a dematerialized version. And it appears that people who get the physical version of the FPS will have to meet certain conditions in order to play.

The boxed version of Halo Infinite would not allow 343 Industries FPS to be played on an Xbox that is not connected to the Internet. This is what John Linneman of Digital Foundry says on Twitter. This situation is according to the videographer the biggest problem he has with the game:

My biggest complaint about Halo Infinite is that its disc does not contain a playable game. This is going to be the first Halo game that you cannot truly own as a standalone copy. This is not a good trend and hopefully Microsoft will re-evaluate things like this.

A boxed version that isn’t really one

The need for an internet connection seems to be only part of the problem. In a second tweet, John Linneman clarified that the boxed version of Halo Infinite does not contain the entire base game:

The full game does not appear to be on disc. This means that it is not possible to use the game without connecting to the update server. I’m afraid this is a bad thing for long term preservation. MOST games come out in good condition even without patches.

That being said, it should be noted that more and more gamers are playing with a constant Internet connection. This is not the case for all Xbox console users, however. The Halo Campaign can be played alone and its structure does not require an Internet connection. It is therefore surprising that Microsoft has chosen not to allow playing using the single disc.

Halo Infinite campaign

Halo Infinite, a game doomed to evolve?

Moreover, as John Linneman points out, this choice does not make it easier to preserve the initial Halo Infinite campaign. Microsoft has, however, indicated in the past that Halo Infinite could serve as a platform. The latter could be brought to evolve and receive the continuation of what is told in the campaign of Halo Infinite. It is indeed not impossible that players will never be entitled to a real Halo 7. The title of Halo Infinite alone probably contains several clues as to Microsoft’s intentions on this subject. This could therefore be the reason for the current situation of the boxed version of Halo Infinite.

Times change whether gamers like it or not. It remains to be seen whether the choice not to allow playing using the box-only version has an impact on some longtime fans of the series. As a reminder, Halo Infinite officially comes out on December 8. Our test of the game’s single player campaign is available at this address.

What do you think of the decision not to include the entire game in the boxed version of Halo Infinite? Is it going to be a problem for you to play the game? Are you worried that this type of practice will become more democratic? Tell us all in the comments below.