Halo Infinite multiplayer surprise launches, out now

Posted on November 16, 2021

This morning as a part of the Xbox 20th Anniversary celebrations, Halo Infinite’s anticipated multiplayer was released as a surprise ahead of the games official launch on December 8th.

Rumours had been swirling for a few days about the Halo Infinite multiplayer getting an early release; the mode is completely free-to-play across Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC, with the biggest-ever Halo campaign releasing on the original planned date via Xbox Game Pass.

Like many other free-to-play multiplayer shooters, there will be a season battle pass available for purchase (for $14.95 AUD), with Season 1, “Heroes of Reach” kicking off right now and running until May 2022. They’re referring to this early launch as a “beta” for now, with all of your progression carrying over to the full game when it releases next month.

It’s exciting to get our hands on Halo Infinite early, but this will be a blow for the multiplayer communities of other shooters that have recently released. Call of Duty: Vanguard just came out, and Battlefield 2042 comes out this week. We’ll have to wait and see how player numbers change, but regardless, November has once again become an incredibly busy time for FPS fans, no matter what you’re into.

While Halo Infinite originally was met with criticism when gameplay from the campaign was first shown off in 2020, it’s certainly bounced back. The delay has allowed the team at 343 Industries to improve a lot, and what has been seen from players on the various technical tests has been a solid multiplayer experience that many are looking forward to. Now you can jump in and check it out for yourself.

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer is available for download now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. Halo Infinite’s campaign is set for launch on December 8.