Halo Infinite Multiplayer is out now, here’s everything you need to know

In a surprise announcement during its 20-year celebration, Xbox Game Studios has made Halo Infinite Multiplayer available worldwide on Xbox systems and Windows PC. The game is currently in open beta and includes access to Season 1 along with all maps and shop items.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer: What to Expect?

Season 1, titled ‘Heroes of Reach’, is practically an early release of Halo Infinity’s full multiplayer experience, where all of your beta progress carries over to the main game’s launch. The title includes a set of classic maps and game modes ranging from Arena, Big Team Battle, and Academy training modes.

Arena Halo is the classic 4v4 experience where you work as a team to collect on-map equipment and fight your opponents to accomplish the stated objective. Big Team Battles, on the other hand, pits a total of 24 players on the massive map (12v12) as they wreak havoc through a rich variety of weapons, explosives, and armored vehicles like 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 them to the public lobby. Players can also launch an offline practice game against a set of bots.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer: Battle Pass System and Item Shop

Like every other online multiplayer game nowadays, Halo Infinity also offers a Battle Pass system. Costing $10, the system adds up to XP earned during gameplay and gives players a set of cosmetics and rewards. It also includes a set of daily and weekly challenges that significantly increase your XP. Unfortunately, online players are criticizing the progression system, claiming that adding XP is too slow, making the leveling process too tedious.

Halo Infinity also has an Item Shop where you can buy premium armor sets, vehicle skins, chibi avatars and ‘boost and swap’ packs that let you get an XP boost or swap out maps you don’t intend to play Huh. 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 of 10,000 credits priced at Rs 7,499.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer Item Shop (Image Credit: Halo Infinite, Xbox)

Additionally, Halo Infinite Multiplayer includes a ton of customizable features to set your Spartan apart and a community feature that lets players create their own custom maps and game modes. Note – any progress made here will be carried over to the full game when it is released on the Xbox system, Xbox Game Pass and Steam on December 9, 2021.

Developed by 343 Industries, Halo Infinite serves as a sequel to ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ and follows the Master Chief as he hunts down a new AI known by the codename “The Weapon”. During its initial disclosure, the game was met with poor reception over outdated and visually appalling graphics. Collective criticism urged the company to work further to remove the game from its holiday 2020 release window and completely change its appearance.

Recently, Xbox released a new campaign overview trailer that sheds light on the premise of Halo Infinity and it looks like the graphics have been changed in a big way. You can watch it here. As part of the celebration, Xbox also revealed a teaser for the upcoming live-action Halo TV series, which will premiere on the Paramount+ platform, sometime in 2022.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer (Open Beta) is now available worldwide on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam.

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