Halo Infinite didn’t take up a lot of time at the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase, but 343 Industries certainly gave us a lot of new information.
First, it’s best to tackle the question on everybody’s minds. Yes, Halo Infinite will release during Holiday 2021. And as many fans already know, it will be on Game Pass at launch.
Infinite‘s portion of the show started with a story trailer. We got to see a new “Cortana” and it seems that Chief isn’t quite up to speed on what’s been going on around the galaxy. It’s also clear that he is still haunted by Cortana and the events from Halo 4 and Guardians.
For fans on PC who are only interested in multiplayer or without a Game Pass subscription, the game’s multiplayer portion will be free-to-play.
Speaking of multiplayer, Infinite will support up to 120fps.
As a live-service game, fans must expect that things won’t always go smoothly. Still, 343 has committed itself to making things as enjoyable and accessible as possible. In other words, expect regular updates over time.
Moreover, for new players or those who aren’t quite sure they can go head-to-head against longtime Halo veterans, Infinite will feature a tutorial mode of sorts. “When it comes to gameplay, our goal is to deliver a multiplayer experience that honors classic Halo combat while also offering new players the support needed to jump in and have a great time,” says Joseph Staten, creative lead for Halo Infinite. “To that end, we’re introducing the Spartan Academy and Spartan Commander Laurette who will help players familiarize themselves with maps, weapons, and equipment.”
Customization will also play a big factor in Infinite. Players will be able to customize visors, helmets, gloves, shoulder pads, and more. Armour pieces will be unlocked via microtransactions and by simply playing the game normally. Of course, 343 previously confirmed that loot boxes and random rewards are out of the question. Players will know exactly what they’re getting should they decide to purchase something.
What about a beta? This summer, 343 will grant a select number of players access to a “limited pre-release technical preview.” Ultimately, the goal is to stress-test the game in preparation for launch. If you’re interested and want to try your luck, you should absolutely register with the Halo Insider program.
Stay tuned to the official Halo YouTube channel, because 343 will give more information about Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer tomorrow, June 14, at 8 AM PDT / 11 AM EDT.
In the meantime, check out the multiplayer reveal trailer here: