Halo Infinite’s Warthog Just Gained 170 Pounds
Halo Infinite’s Warthog is a featherweight. That might sound like a dissipation, but I say it with love – of the seven iterations of Halo’s iconic four-wheeler truck, I actually love Infinite’s best. It’s fast, looks cool as heck, turns corners in no time and doesn’t flip over every time I jump on a medium sized rock. But I have to admit, it doesn’t really look like a classic Warthog. Infinite’s hog is so fast and light it glides over dirt. It looks more like a zippy supercar than Bungie’s original big-boned humvee, and 343 is trying to do something about it in Halo Infinite’s Season 2 update.
That’s right, Halo Infinite has Warthog patch notes, and they’re surprisingly extensive.
“The Warthog’s tire position and suspension have been adjusted to improve its handling over rough terrain,” read the official patch notes. Sounds simple enough, but click on the “Developer Notes” drop-down menu below and you’ll enter truck settings. 343 said the Warthog “takes bumps in the road rougher than it should”, causing it to “twist or roll a frustrating amount”.
It’s true. The Warthog’s incredibly springy suspension allows it to handle rocky terrain quite well at slower speeds, but pick up your pace and the rear tires will start to sway like they’re floating. To help solve this problem, 343 put some meat on the Warthog’s bones – 170 pounds, to be exact.
- Increase mass from 3130 lbs to 3300 lbs
It’s hard to tell exactly what 170 extra eBooks looks like on a Warthog, so I fired up the game to see if I could tell the difference. I’d say Season 2’s Warthog still feels largely the same. It can still navigate the map and take turns without a ton of resistance, but I detect additional trash in the trunk. There’s definitely more weight being pushed when I suddenly brake (perhaps thanks to the “increased inertia tensor scale” mentioned in the patch notes) and the tires are now stuck a bit more to the floor. Still a far cry from the elephantine maneuverability of Halos 1-3, but I like the change.
When it came to other fine-tuning, like traction adjustments at certain angles or the way the rear tires were pushed back from “0.56wu to 0.66wu (world units)”, the difference was pretty much invisible. .
My main takeaway here is that 343 takes driving very seriously. I wouldn’t have guessed that the Warthog patch notes would include centimeter-level tire adjustments or an exact digital weight measurement. This could allude to the density of tools players will have access to when Forge finally hits the game…eventually. Will I be able to create a custom Warthog racing map where each truck weighs 14 pounds?
For now, Halo Infinite Season 2: Lone Wolves has a few new maps and modes to play with, another shoulder pad-filled battle pass, melee updates, and a bigger pig.