Halo Infinite has been out for a couple of weeks now and the core gameplay has been very well received. However, as with most free-to-play titles, the game is already experiencing some serious hacking issues, especially in ranked play. The rise in hackers has led many, including numerous professionals and influencers, to question the future of Halo Infinite’s ranked playlist.
If Halo Infinite does not take proactive steps to prevent hackers from taking over your game, you risk the same fate as Warzone, a game whose integrity has been destroyed by a constant stream of scammers since its release.
Hackers have already overrun Halo Infinite
Over the past year, Warzone has had massive problems with hackers. In both Casual and Serious game modes, hackers are rampant and use wall hacks, aim hacks, and all kinds of movement hacks to ruin other people’s experience with the game. It also leads to gamblers claiming that pretty much everyone good is a hacker, which also ruins the experience of good gamblers who are often falsely accused of cheating. In fact, there are so many hackers in Warzone that even the hackers are annoyed by the number of hackers.
Given the sad state of Warzone and Vanguard, many players have been looking for other titles as salvation over the past few months. Some jumped over to Apex Legends, a game that still has hackers but comparatively fewer. Others looked forward to titles like Battlefield 2042 or Halo Infinite. That hope has likely not been fulfilled, however, as both Battlefield and Halo Infinite received their fair share of hacker reports just weeks after they were released.
At Halo, the worst hacking takes place in the upper tier Onyx matches. Many professional gamers and well-known content creators have reported getting caught up in games with hackers repeatedly in the past few days. Call of Duty professional commentator Captain Rogers reported that the second he hit Onyx, he hit “like 1 per game very clearly hack.
Given the state of Halo Infinite, either its anti-cheat in its current form is ineffective, or no anti-cheat is active at all. The problems are so bad that some players have requested the complete removal of crossplay until the hacking situation is under control. The developers are going the same way that the Warzone developers have already gone.
Is Halo Infinite the next Warzone?
If nothing is done soon, Halo Infinite risks a similar bad reputation as Warzone when it comes to hacking.
Big voices in the community like OpTic Lucid, hastr0, CouRage and many more have already brought up the topic online, and it’s likely that hacking will only increase over time if nothing is done about it. With free-to-play games like Infinite, it can be very difficult for developers to limit the risks associated with hacks because the barrier to entry is so low.
In a blog published in April this year, the Halo developers claimed that they are using “novel” methods to protect their Slipspace engine in order to protect it from the development of cheats.
“When people cheat, we focus on getting them through their behavior,” explains Michale VanKuipers, security engineer at 343 Industries. “The fight against fraudsters is an ever-evolving arms race, but we are making the technical investments needed today to continue the fight for years to come.”
But where is that investment? Where is the promised working safety?
It seems clear that these investments do not work in the status quo. Even if they ban scammers for their activity, with a free game and no hardware bans, the perpetrator can simply create a new account and start cheating again. This is exactly the problem Warzone faced, and at the time of this writing it has still not been resolved, although the RICOCHET anti-cheat will be added to Warzone next week so we can see how that behaves.
With the ability to take quick action to combat hackers early on, Halo Infinite stands out against the fact that Raven Software did not endorse Warzone. But if 343 fails, they risk Infinite becoming just another game where people question the integrity of every encounter due to the proliferation of hackers. The community is calling for Infinite to get better, and it has to get better before it’s too late.