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Halo Infinite’s Pelican hijacking glitch got fixed, and players aren’t happy

Players have been using the glitch to fly the fan-favorite vehicle since launch

a dark-haired bearded man and Master Chief look to the right in Halo Infinite Image: 343 Industries/Xbox Game Studios
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343 Industries has removed a fan favorite glitch in Halo Infinite, which finally let players freely drive the giant Pelican transports around the map. And fans are pissed.

Shortly after release, late last year, fans discovered that they could hijack the Pelican — normally driven by one of the main story NPCs — and use it for their own devices. This glitch required no mods, and seemed more like an abandoned feature accidentally left in the game.

When players call in a vehicle at one of the game’s many forward operating bases, and the Pelican comes to drop it off, players can hoist themselves onto the Pelican’s roof, and hold the vehicle button to get inside. If they immediately end their game and restart, the Pelican will be empty, sitting at their base, when they return. The Pelican will then function like any normal flying vehicle — aside from the turret — and players can drive it all over the map.

But as of Halo Infinite’s most recent update, the glitch is gone. And a Reddit post this week that specifically calls out the removal of this glitch has over 10,000 upvotes and 700 comments at the time of this writing.

“They patched it,” wrote Reddit user u/Sim0x24. “You can no longer drive the Pelican in the campaign for ... whatever reason. Driving vehicles like the Pelican or the Phantom was my childhood dream since Halo CE, and except Reach and Halo 4, you’ll never pilot it. 343, I’m not even mad, just ... why?”

Frustrated commenters in the body of the post echoed their sentiment. And while there are some legitimate reasons 343 may have solved this issue — perhaps it’s an intended feature for a new content update, the glitch is tied to a far more serious bug, or it was an accident — it does hurt to see this go.

Lifelong Halo fans (myself included) have had a weird obsession with the Pelican since early on in the series. I personally remember scouring magazines ahead of Halo 3’s release, hoping an interview would mention the ability to pilot one. And with Halo Infinite’s massive open world, this was the game where players who’ve waited years could finally live their true Pelican pilot life. But not anymore.

Hopefully the Pelican will return to Halo Infinite’s campaign someday, maybe with a functional turret and the ability to acquire it without glitching. But today, fans are pretty sad that their beloved, accidental toy just got taken away from them.

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