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E3 2021: Halo Infinite Is Coming To Xbox And PC This Holiday, Free To Play Multiplayer Gameplay Revealed

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Halo Infinite was shown off during today's Xbox + Bethesda showcase, and the team revealed that it will be releasing this holiday, a year after it was initially delayed from the Xbox Series console launches.

The iconic shooter that has effectively built Microsoft's gaming division will see the next chapter in the Master Chief's journey continue from the end of Halo 5, with the Chief trying to discover Cortana's fate. While campaign details were scant overall, we did see the hulking Spartan interact with a new AI built to help stop Cortana.

However, multiplayer is where the showcase laid most of its bones, announcing that the free to play multiplayer mode will launch day one with Halo Infinite. Via the Halo Waypoint post that accompanied the reveal today, the team at 343 Studios states that this multiplayer will stick to what it fees is "quintessential Halo."

"For nearly twenty years, Halo multiplayer has been defined by sandbox-focused emergent gameplay that offers players a wide array of weapons, vehicles, and toys in the name of competition and good fun. With Halo Infinite, the team at 343 Industries is embracing the franchise’s legacy while imbuing it with new modern twists to lean into the series’ strengths while simultaneously laying a foundation on which to grow and further evolve in the months and years beyond launch."

Halo Infinite's multiplayer will also be getting the Academy, an in-game training tool to help players get good at Halo's multiplayer.

"To help ensure all Spartans meet the UNSC's high bar and have the skills necessary to succeed on the battlefield, we're excited to introduce the all-new Academy. Under the mentorship of Spartan Commander Laurette, the Academy offers players the opportunity to hone their skills and get better acclimated with the armaments and environments of Halo Infinite. Recruits will be able to dial-in their marksmanship skills at the target range or jump right into customizable training skirmishes and square off against AI-controlled bots. Training Mode lets you configure specific loadouts, deploy opponent bots of various skill levels, and practice on your own terms. Bots can also be configured in Custom Games to tailor the experience and even in fill-in roster spots for MIA fireteam members. "

You can check out Halo Infinite's multiplayer in action in a new trailer in the embed below.


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore