Halo Infinite quietly removes casual-friendly multiplayer mode

By Luke Albigés,

Halo Infinite's Winter Update is now live, and players returning to 343's FPS were surprised to discover that the PvE multiplayer Bot Bootcamp playlist seems to have been quietly removed from the game altogether.

Bot Bootcamp was Halo Infinite's low-stress multiplayer 'training' mode, matchmaking small teams of players and pitting them against bots across a variety of game modes. Crucially, Bot Bootcamp was the only way to get challenge progression playing against bots — a low-stress alternative to jumping into the public pools which is sadly no longer available — and an easier way to unlock many of the multiplayer Halo Infinite achievements without squaring off against real players.

Bot Bootcamp PvE playlist removed from Halo Infinite

It's unclear whether this change is temporary or permanent as it hasn't appeared in any official communication from 343 about Halo Infinite's Winter Update, but fans aren't happy either way. Reddit and Twitter are both awash with players perplexed and peeved by the decision, but it seems like 343 is now trying to funnel all players into the PvP pool. There's still hope that Bot Bootcamp may one day be added back in as 343 has been known to reverse changes based on player feedback, such as restoring the 'tank gun' after removing it, so we'll have to wait and see how the studio handles the feedback this time. If losing Bot Bootcamp has turned you off Halo Infinite's free-to-play multiplayer, check out our rundown of the best free Xbox games to see if you can find something else to take its place!

In other news from Halo Infinite's Winter Update, the Headmaster achievement is now fixed but will not unlock retroactively (so you'll need to do another LASO campaign run), while 343 is promising "more regular" content drops for Infinite going forward.

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Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Luke runs the TA news team, contributing where he can primarily with reviews and other long-form features — crafts he has honed across two decades of print and online gaming media experience, having worked with the likes of gamesTM, Eurogamer, Play, Retro Gamer, Edge, and many more. He loves all things Monster Hunter, enjoys a good D&D session, and has played way too much Destiny.