While the game has finally launched its story campaign, users are discovering the Halo Infinite game disc doesn’t have the full game, and it requires a multiplayer download before you can actually play its story mode.
The news that Halo Infinite game disc doesn’t have the full game comes via users across the interwebs now that the game has “fully launched” with both its story mode and its previously released multiplayer component. This is the first Halo game that requires a download to play, but not the first modern game to not have the full game on its physical media. That’s a sad looking Master Chief above to go alongside equally sad news.
A more thorough investigation of what the physical disc for Halo Infinite actually does (via Eurogamer) confirmed it lets you install about 15GB of game files for the story campaign. After this, however, users had to go to the Xbox store to finish the download. This was a problem with early physical copies as the download wasn’t available yet because the game hadn’t launched yet.
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed what exactly is on the Halo Infinite game disc, but they did confirm that both the multiplayer and the story campaign total a 48.42GB download, while the multiplayer (which is available as a standalone download) is just 26.53GB. This would suggest the story mode by itself would require a 21.89GB download. Again, it remains to be seen how much data is actually on the disc.
Furthermore, if you have been playing the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta, you’ll need to get a 3.97GB update for the multiplayer and a 25.8GB download for the campaign. When comparing to the previous install totals, it’s even more confusing on how much of the game’s data is available at whichever stage of “owning” the game.
While the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta has been available, the single-player campaign is just launched today. As previously reported, the games Forge Mode and co-op campaign were both delayed further into 2022.