Free-to-play ‘Halo Infinite’ multiplayer is available now

Weapons hot, Spartan

The long-awaited Halo Infinite has launched early – or at least its multiplayer component has, with the free-to-play competitive element stealth launched today, November 15. Its arrival comes almost a month before the December 8 release of the main campaign for developer 343 Industries‘ sci-fi shooter.

An early launch for Halo Infinite’s multiplayer had been rumoured but was confirmed today as part of the Xbox Anniversary Celebration, a livestream event to mark 20 years since the launch of the original Xbox console.

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The sneaky drop is the first season of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer and is dubbed “Heroes of Reach”. The new multiplayer is taking place within the Halo universe in a top-secret facility designed to train the next generation of Spartans.

The reveal trailer gives a few glimpses of the various battle types players can look forward to, including some exciting twists on capture the flag – seemingly able to snatch the flag from afar with a grappling hook – and some vehicular combat.

So far, 343 Industries has confirmed that classic Arena mode will return, which offers “fair starts, on-map equipment, and 4-player squads to offer the ultimate arena-shooter experience”, and BTB, or Big Team battle, which allows players to “create endless combat possibilities by mixing and matching a rich variety of weapons, vehicles and equipment to experience big-team mayhem and fun that embraces the full spectrum of the Halo sandbox.”

The game is available to download now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One or via Steam for PC. It’s approximately a 23.7GB download on PC, with 26.04GB total storage space required, and 25.9GB to install on Xbox Series X.

Microsoft will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Xbox with a six-part documentary series. Titled Power On: The Story of Xbox, the show will premiere on December 13 on various streaming platforms, including YouTube and IMDb.

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