Halo Infinite match rewards get XP boost

343 Industries has announced that Halo Infinite multiplayer progression will be getting a big boost to XP gains.

While I’m really enjoying the heck out of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, progression has been a fairly unsatisfying grind so far. While the challenge-based XP payouts have been fun to try to achieve in the field, Infinite’s slow per-match XP progression combined with a Battle Pass that’s loaded with dead levels of consumables makes for a snail’s pace progression.

The team at 343 Industries hasn’t been deaf to these concerns, making changes early on to daily “match played” XP payouts and tweaks to weekly challenges, as well as doubling the duration of XP boosts. Last week, community director Brian Jarrard said that constructive criticism was being heard, and that the team would be on it as soon as they returned from a well-deserved holiday break.

Today that promise is being answered by an announcement that the XP payout for the first several matches of the day will be increased. Details were provided in a tweet by community manager John Junyszek.

Halo Infinite will now have larger XP rewards for the first 6 matches you play each day, with the first game earning you 300 xp, the second and third providing 200 xp, the fourth to sixth netting you 100 xp, and the seventh game onwards reverting to the current rate of 50 xp per match.

Halo Infinite XP boost

Each level of the Battle Pass requires 1000 xp to unlock, so this XP boost in Halo Infinite means players can get a single level up by completing six matches a day, to say nothing of whatever weekly challenges they happen to complete. That’s a pretty hefty boost, given that at the current rate of 50 xp per match, players would need to manage 20 games a day.

These changes should go live with Halo’s next Patch Tuesday update (which also marks the end of the first Fracture: Tenrai event cycle), and it’s a shot in the arm to Infinite’s progression that I’m really looking forward to. It doesn’t fix all of the concerns around Battle Pass progression in Halo Infinite such as the heckton of consumables and dead levels for free players, but this XP boost is a good start.

We expect a more detailed announcement over at Halo Waypoint. Halo Infinite multiplayer is free-to-play and can be played on a wide array of devices, including PC via the Microsoft Store or on Steam and on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Cloud Gaming.