In a surprising announcement during their 20th anniversary, Xbox Game Studios has made Halo Infinite Multiplayer available worldwide on Xbox and Windows PC systems. The game is currently in open beta and includes access to Season 1 with all maps and store items.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer: what to expect?
Season 1, titled “Heroes of Reach” is virtually an early take on the full Halo Infinite multiplayer experience, where all of your beta progress continues until the main game launches. The title includes a set of classic maps and game modes ranging from Arena, Big Team Battle, and Academy Training mode.
Arena is the classic 4v4 experience on Halo where you work as a team to collect gear across the map and battle your opponents to achieve the stated objective. Big Team Battle, on the other hand, pits a total of 24 players against a full scale (12v12) map, as they unleash complete mayhem via a rich variety of weapons, explosives, and armored vehicles such as the Warthog.
As the name suggests, Academy Training Mode is a custom map that allows new players to practice and learn the mechanics and controls of the game before deploying into a public lobby. Players can also run offline training games against a set of robots.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer: Battle Pass System and Item Shop
Just like all other online multiplayer games these days, Halo Infinite also introduces a battle pass system. Priced at $ 10, the system adds up the XP earned during the game and grants players a set of cosmetics and rewards. It also features a set of daily and weekly challenges that dramatically increase your XP. Unfortunately, online gamers have criticized the progression system claiming that XP builds up too slowly, making the leveling process much more tiring.
Halo Infinite also offers an Item Shop where you can purchase premium armor sets, vehicle skins, chibi avatars, and ‘Boost and Swap’ packs that allow you to gain XP or trade cards that you don’t intend to play. These items are refreshed every Tuesday and can be purchased through the in-game currency – Enigma Points.
Credits can be purchased through the game and start at Rs 399 for 500 points, with a maximum amount of 10,000 credits priced at Rs 7,499.
Additionally, Halo Infinite Multiplayer includes a ton of customizable features to set your Spartan apart and a community feature that allows players to create their own custom maps and game modes. Note: All progress made here will carry over to the full game when it releases on December 9, 2021 on Xbox, Xbox Game Pass, and Steam systems.
Developed by 343 Industries, Halo Infinite serves as a sequel to “Halo 5: Guardians” and follows the Master Chief as he searches for a new AI known by the code name “The Weapon”. When it was first revealed, the game was poorly received with outdated and visually appalling graphics. Mass critics have urged the company to remove the game from its Holiday 2020 release window and work more on it, to completely overhaul its appearance.
Just recently, Xbox released a new campaign overview trailer that highlights the premise of Halo Infinite and also appears to have massively revamped the graphics. You can watch it here. As part of the celebration, Xbox also revealed a teaser for an upcoming Halo live-action TV series that will air on the Paramount + platform, sometime in 2022.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer (Open Beta) is now available globally on Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, and Windows PC through the Microsoft Store and Steam.