343 has addressed cheating in Halo Infinite, as concern about the state of the game has grown since launch.
Halo Infinite's multiplayer is free to download and play, and since it went live cheating has already emerged as a problem.
For example, Twitch streamer Douglas "DougisRaw" Wolf tweeted a clip of himself watching a clip of a run-in with a Halo Infinite cheater using what looks like an aimbot and a wallhack.
So I tried my 10 placements on M+K for Halo..... pic.twitter.com/yV3hIqNBZh— Doug (@DougisRaw) November 22, 2021
But there are many other reports of cheating in Halo Infinite. Here's a snippet:
Came across my first cheater on halo today, I asked him if he was cheating he said he had a controller mod LOL. @Halo @HaloSupport @HCS @HaloInfiniteUS @SplitINTEL #Cheater #halocheater #HaloInfinitemultiplayer #HaloInfiniteMP pic.twitter.com/4wxARhoEB8— Z? (@ZlepOfficial) November 17, 2021
@343Postums @Unyshek Just matched another cheater/hacker in Halo Infinite. Guy?s gamertag is EUGENEYY on Xbox. Let me turn off cross-play until you guys can get an actual anti-cheat implemented. pic.twitter.com/G9hwahtBRK— Response (@jcb_response) November 26, 2021
just played a cheater on the FIESTA playlist in halo.. on thanksgiving... some people truly need to get a grip— NYSL Clayster (@Clayster) November 26, 2021
Just faced my first cheater in Halo: Infinite ranked.— Jack ?CouRage? Dunlop (@CouRageJD) November 24, 2021
Now, Halo community manager John Junyszek has addressed cheating concerns in Infinite, promising improvements are coming.
"Unfortunately, cheating is a natural part of supporting a F2P PC game and it's one we anticipated," Junyszek tweeted.
"It'll never go away entirely, but we're prepared and committed to releasing consistent improvements to our game's systems and taking action on bad actors."
Junyszek later clarified that the phrase "improvements to game's systems" includes not just 343's anti-cheat, but "the rest of the game as well".
"It's worded this way because we don't take a 'single feature' approach, but a game-wide approach to anti-cheat."
One of the problems with Halo Infinite and cheating is there is currently no report player feature in-game.
Junyszek acknowledged this, while suggesting an in-game reporting feature is coming at some point down the line.
Currently, to report cheaters you have to go to the Halo Support website and submit a ticket (including uploaded video evidence where possible).
"We know having a 'Report Player' feature in-game is desired, but please use this method to file reports for now," Junyszek said.
343 and Microsoft will be desperate to avoid Halo Infinite suffering similar reputational damage. Game companies face an uphill battle in the fight against cheating, but the hope is Halo Infinite can mitigate cheating as much as possible in the months ahead.