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Xbox Launches Beta For “Halo Infinite” Multiplayer Mode

November 15th marked the 20th anniversary of the launch of both Xbox and the Halo franchise. To celebrate this occasion, 343 Industries launched a free-to-play beta version of Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer mode and Season 1 of the game three weeks before its release.

“Today we marked 20 years of Xbox and Halo with a celebration of players, game developers and creators around the world. Over the past 20 years, the Xbox community has made gaming a place of joy, inspiration, education, and social connection, forging bonds between friends and family and giving people new ways to connect,” wrote Will Tuttle the Editor in Chief of Xbox Wire. “As a thank you to the Xbox community for 20 years of support, 343 Industries launched the free-to-play Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta and Season 1 three weeks early, available starting now for all players…”

The beta version of the game is available on Windows PCs, the Xbox Series X|S, and the Xbox One. Additionally, the multiplayer mode was made available on Xbox’s Cloud Gaming service later that same day.

Halo Infinite will be the sixth main title in the Halo franchise. The game is expected to be released worldwide on December 8th, 2021.

The Profit‘s Take:

I wonder how much of the Halo adoption is going to come from Game Pass subscribers. I imagine it will be high. Xbox has 18 million people on Game Pass, so it’s not completely ridiculous to think that this game could outsell Call of Duty: Vanguard. But, it does seem like a long shot. If they have the hardware available, then Halo will probably aid Xbox’s sales in that particular sector of gaming too. The problem is that the Xbox app that you access Game Pass through is actually horrible. So, they have a huge amount of improvement they have to do with their front-end technology if they want to get more gamers and dethrone CoD as the world’s most popular first-person shooter game.

(All information was provided by Windows, Wikipedia, and Xbox Wire)

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