Surprise: Halo Infinite Free Multiplayer Available Now

Within the framework of its live stream of the Xbox 20th anniversary celebration today, Microsoft announced the surprise launch of Infinite halothe free multiplayer mode of, which is available now for Xbox One, Series S / X and PC (the game will be available on Xbox Cloud Streaming “later today”).

Today’s launch, which comes after two limited multiplayer technical preview weekends in recent months, is still described as a beta launch ahead of the full release slated for December 8. This is when the game’s single-player campaign should kick off as well (although co-op will have to wait).

Thus, 343 Industries warns that “you may encounter issues and bugs during this beta period”. That said, the company sees today’s rollout as the official launch of the game’s “Season 1”, which is titled “Heroes of Reach” and will run through May 2, 2022 (subsequent seasons will last three month). Any progress made in the beta will carry over to full launch.

Today’s launch includes access to all maps from day one of the game and the tutorial-packed Academy Mode, as well as access to paid and unlockable cosmetic add-ons through the “Battle Pass” system. The matchmaking system supports 4v4 Arena modes, 12v12 Big Team Battles on larger maps, a “Bot Bootcamp” against computer controlled opponents or custom games with settings and maps of your choice. More details are available on Halo Waypoint.

The multiplayer and single player versions of Infinite halo have been delayed from an initial “Holiday 2020” launch plan alongside the Xbox Series S / X.

Elsewhere in the stream, Microsoft announced that 70 more titles from the original Xbox and Xbox 360 are now available for backward compatible play on newer Xbox consoles. This includes over 20 original Xbox titles and all of the games from the Max Payne and FEAR franchises, to name a few.

All of these titles will be enhanced with Auto HDR on compatible hardware, while 11 will also have FPS Boost. The complete list of new titles available is available on Major Nelson’s blog.

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