The Halo Infinite campaign is now only a month away. It’s now more than three years since we found out that Halo 6 would be titled Halo Infinite, and it was originally supposed to be released in late 2020 as a launch game for the Xbox Series X. That plan did not quite work out when Microsoft Infinitely delayed an entire year to give it more development time. Based on the poorly received first impression, it was probably the right call – and based on what we’ve been playing by the multiplayer so far, the decision has paid off.
We have now been handed its free multiplayer in a surprisingly open beta launch in November. From what we’ve seen before, Halo Infinite’s multiplayer looks and feels polished as it closes in at launch.
Developer 343 Industries has shared frequent updates on Infinite’s progress over the past year. Recently, we got a new look at the campaign and the bad memed-on Brute Craig, which certainly looks a lot more spicy.
Here’s what 343 has shown of Halo Infinite in the last few months and what’s left before launch.
What is the Halo Infinite release date?
The release date of the Halo Infinite campaign is December 8, 2021. However, Microsoft decided to surprise the launch of the free Halo Infinite multiplayer several weeks early on November 15th.
343 waited a long time to set the release date in December and announced it only in late summer at Gamescom 2021. The delay from last year’s holiday 2020 window was “to ensure the team has enough time to deliver a Halo gaming experience that meets our vision.”
While the Infinite launches in December, it will unfortunately do so without two popular features that Halo fans have come to expect over the years. The campaign co-op and multiplayer map tool Forge will both be added in post-launch updates.
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer open beta has been launched
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta was launched on November 15, 2021. Several leaks indicated that this happened the week before, though Microsoft waited to officially announce the multiplayer beta surprise launch during the Xbox 20 anniversary livestream on the 15th.
You can download and play the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta on Steam for free. There is also no need to wait. 343 Industries announced that you can start playing Season 1 of the Halo Infinite multiplayer with access to all cards, game modes and match passes. Your progress will be transferred from the multiplayer beta to the game’s official launch on December 8th.
The latest news on Halo Infinite
- Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta surprise was launched on November 15, 2021.
- Following Halo’s multiplayer beta tests, 343 made some adjustments, including turning the motion sensor back to how it worked in older Halo games.
- 343 released a complete video on Halo Infinite’s PC-specific settings
- Craig, the Brute, has a beard now
Watch the new campaign overview video (October 2021)
The first time we saw Halo Infinite’s campaign was also last: the 2020 revelation did not go well, and Microsoft responded by postponing the game for a year. Throughout 2021, we have mostly seen and played multiplayer. Finally, with this video, the campaign returns and you can definitely see some extra graphic polishing on display here.
We’re really into multiplayer
We have played Halo Infinite’s multiplayer in both multiplayer tests and have been impressed. Read our bid on the chaotic Big Team Battles and Arena Slayer.
Infinite has delayed some major features since its launch
After the first Halo Infinite technical test completed in late July, 343 Industries teamed up for a video developer update. After talking about errors and results from the test, the developers dropped some pretty big news.
Halo Infinite will not have campaign co-op or Forge mode at launch. This means that when Halo Infinite releases this holiday season, we will be playing the latest Master Chief story completely solo throughout. Bummer. Campaign co-op is expected to arrive in Infinite’s second season, meaning three or more months after launch.
Forge mode of being pushed back is also a disappointment as it is also such a beloved part of Halo. Card editing and custom games have always inspired a lot of creativity. 343 says it plans for Forge to be ready for Infinite’s third season, six or more months after launch.
Us PC players also do not want split-screen playback at launch. Another bummer!
What PC-specific features will Halo Infinite have?
In the Inside Infinite post from May 2021, 343 dug into some of the PC features we can expect from Halo Infinite.
One feature, as shown above, is pairing adjustable field of view with ultra-wide screen settings. 343 adds that ultra-wide screens will be supported throughout the game, “in the game, narrative moments, menus, works.”
The study also shows some graphical settings for texture and geometry quality, minimum and maximum frame rates and more. Triple keybindings are also available.
Speaking of input, 343 says that Infinite will separate players by input device in ranked game rather than platform.
What new weapons are there in Halo Infinite?
The latest revealed weapon is Spidd, a Banished power weapon apparently borrowed from Gears of War.
With permission from IGN, here’s a list of new weapons you’ll be able to find and fire in Halo Infinite:
Ravager: A banished three-round explosive weapon running on plasma fuel.
Missing: An exiled pistol with giant kinetic projectiles that fire slower than the UNSC pistol but inflict more damage.
CQS48 Bulldog: New UNSC riot shotgun that replaces the classic shotgun.
VK78 Commando: This UNSC rifle can drive fully automatic and is good for medium range.
Carbine pulse: A well-known but not entirely identical version of the classic Covenant carbine weapon.
Halo infinite has a more open world
As seen in the gameplay revelation, Halo Infinite will have a more open world than previous Halo games. The section we got a look at was several hours inside the game, at which point it sounds like the Master Chief can tackle different goals, though 343 says there is still a linear story to follow.
“What you saw in the demo, as we showed, you have this card. There is this huge open section of the ring. When you get to that point in the game, it’s several hours inside the campaign, then you have the opportunity to cross the whole that area and explore where you want to go on the ring, “study leader Chris Lee told IGN.
“That’s what we mean by opening up and exploring the different places you can go to. There’s definitely a sense of freedom that you have not had before. [in Halo]. You will have to choose your path there. But we also want to tell that story, so while you do that, we want to keep the story moving forward as a non-linear story or something like that. “
“You will also be drawn to some of these places that can be said to be history-based. That’s also what the franchise is about. We’re really trying to make sure there are things for the boss to do that reinforce heroism and that hope. he brings to humanity, and those are pretty strong traits all over the world, “added associate creative director Paul Crocker.
343 also brings the Ring a little more to life with a day / night cycle and wildlife running around the open areas.
In January’s Inside Infinite, 343’s leading vehicle designer explained how the dream of a larger and more open Halo has also affected Halo’s vehicles.
“To meet the fantasy of a more expansive Halo, we really had to unlock our environmentalists and level designers to create much more complex terrain. I promised these teams early on that if they created amazing environments, we would make the vehicles, are able to cross them.We have developed builds of all the older Halos (going back to CE) and this terrain is more difficult.Although this caused a significant re-adjustment of the core vehicles that have been in each Halo when you see the beautiful surroundings of Infinite, I think it’s worth it. “
Halo Infinite multiplayer is free to play
Halo is for everyone. We can confirm that #HaloInfinite multiplayer will be free to play and will support 120FPS on Xbox Series X. More details will be shared later! pic.twitter.com/9bIrppFiONJuly 31, 2020
This will be a big deal for Infinite’s multiplayer lifespan. With more and more of the most popular multiplayer games being free to play (or cheap to get started), it’s a very knowledgeable move from Microsoft to make Halo Infinite’s multiplayer free from the start. Of course, any member of the increasingly amazing Game Pass service will get the whole game anyway.
Given that Halo’s campaigns are still a big draw among fans, it’s smart to frame its multiplayer as an advertisement for the entire game.
Halo Infinite will have seasons and kampass
In its overview video of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer, 343 different features we can expect for the online site explain. In particular, Halo Infinite will have kampas and a seasonal structure that so many modern online shooters have now.
343 has said it plans for Halo Infinite’s seasons to last about three months, meaning season 1 begins at launch in December and is likely to run through around March. Halo Infinite’s first season is called Heroes of Reach. Free, week-long events will push the season forward with themed cosmetics and their own reward numbers, while “Fracture” events occasionally seem to break canon with things like samurai power armor.
In terms of combat sequences, the nice thing about Infinite is that they will not be time-limited. Although kampppas will run seasonally, you have the option of going back to work with previous passes. No FOMO in Halo, thank God. These matches and seasons are how you can unlock new looks and customization for your Spartan.
Does Halo Infinite have a Battle Royale mode?
No, Halo Infinite will not have a Battle Royale mode. Probably.
Back in 2018, Jeff Easterling said from 343: “I want to tell you right now, the only ‘BR’ we’re really interested in is ‘Battle Rifle’.” In 2019, Frank O’Conner said much the same thing, adding that “You can probably make your own Battle Royale mode in Forge yourself right now.”
Computer amines, however, believe they found a “battle royale” audio file during Halo Infinite’s technical test in July 2021. It certainly sounds like longtime Halo multiplayer announcer Jeff Steitzer. While it’s genuine, and it may not be, it’s not necessarily one actual full-scale battle royale mode. We will find out in December.
Halo Infinite system requirements
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 10 RS3 x64
- Processor: AMD FX-8370 or Intel i5-4440
- Memory: 8 GB RAM
- Graphics: AMD RX 570 or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage space: 50 GB free space
- Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
- OS: Windows 10 19H2 x64
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3700X or Intel i7-9700k
- Memory: 16 GB RAM
- Graphics: Radeon RX 5700 XT or Nvidia RTX 2070
- DirectX: Version 12
- Storage space: 50 GB free space