Halo Infinite multiplayer beta gets surprise launch

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite multiplayer beta gets surprise launch

Earlier this week, Microsoft celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Xbox, which also happens to be the 20th birthday of Halo: Combat Evolved. During the festivities, developer 343 Industries made a surprise announcement, launching Halo Infinite’s multiplayer component ahead of the game’s official release on 8 December 2021.

As many readers might know, Halo has a storied esports history. Now, everyone on PC or with an Xbox One or Xbox Series S/X console can jump right into the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta. Here are the must-know details.

Halo Infinite multiplayer beta details

You can download the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta right now. Despite the “beta” naming, this is actually the full Halo Infinite multiplayer experience but there are some bugs and known issues. With the launch, also comes the release of Season 1 entitled “Heroes of Reach” and the complete battle pass.

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta is completely free and features 10 maps as well as a variety of game modes. You can simply head on over to the Microsoft Store or the Xbox Store on your gaming device to start the download. This is a fantastic opportunity for gamers to start learning the new maps and hone their skills, as local tournament organizers will surely announce some Halo Infinite events soon.

Below, you can learn about the four playlists available in Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta, as well as the maps and game modes for each playlist.

Game modes:
  • Capture the Flag
  • Slayer
  • One Flag CTF
  • Total Control
  • Stockpile
  • Oddball
  • Strongholds
Big Team Battle playlist:
  • Capture the Flag on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock
  • Slayer on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock
  • Total Control on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock
  • Stockpile on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock
Ranked Arena playlist:
  • Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth
  • Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
Bot Bootcamp playlist:
  • Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth
  • Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
Quick Play playlist:
  • Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth
  • One Flag CTF on Launch Site
  • Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth, Launch Site, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets
  • Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

Learn more about Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta by heading to the official HaloWaypoint website. We simply can’t wait to see how Halo Infinite is received in South Africa, and which tournament organizers jump on board first.

Header image via 343 Industries.

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