Let’s be honest – if you set PUBG and Fortnite aside, most people are divided in two groups: Halo players and Call of Duty players. And, now that we’ve seen what was essentially a low-res demonstration of Halo Infinite’s campaign, we’re all really itching to see what Halo Infinite Multiplayer is going to bring to the table. Well, if you fall into that group, then we’ve got good news for you. Not only did 343 Industries rely on pro Halo gamers for development advice, but it’s also looking back to what was one of the best Halo multiplayer experiences in the game’s long and rarely tarnished history.
Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer will Build off Halo 5’s Multiplayer Element
First off, we still don’t get to see what Halo Infinite Multiplayer looks like, but we will get a peek “soon.” However, Phil Spencer has teased a little bit of what we can expect, and it sounds pretty damn good. Speaking with YouTuber iJustine, Spencer confirmed that Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer will build off the multiplayer element from Halo 5: Guardians. The campaign on that game was questionably crap, but multiplayer was very well received. He has also said that 343’s developers dove into new “technical challenges” for multiplayer, but he stopped short of elaborating on what that really means. How special will Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer mode be? Well, here’s what Spencer had to say about it:
“The multiplayer in Halo Infinite I think is going to be special when we talk about it. We know, for some many people, Halo CE started with us lugging our Xboxes around, plugging them in together and playing console multiplayer, for many of us, for the first time. So I’m excited for what we’ll get to see and what we’ll get to show. I think the team is building on what they did with Halo 5, and the multiplayer in Halo 5 was received very well.”
Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer Has Been Inspired by Pro Gamers
Spencer went on even further to emphasize that 343 Industries looked to the people that know Halo multiplayer the most: pro gamers.
“Esport players have been heavily involved in what we’re doing [with Halo Infinite] because we know that’s a strong part of the community; the professional players. And there are some technical challenges the team has set for themselves on multiplayer that I’m really encouraged to talk about when we get there. So, soon! We will be able to talk about Halo Infinite multiplayer soon.”
The good news is that you don’t need to expect a copy-and-paste job from Halo 5 to Halo Infinite. We already know that there are two new pieces of equipment never seen before in campaign mode – the Grappleshot and Drop Wall – and these should be available for pickup in multiplayer mode too. You can probably expect the MOBA-style, large-scale mode known as Warzone to make a comeback, however it may come back under a different name thanks to Call of Duty: Warzone. If Halo 5 Arena was widely regarded as a big step forward for the series, then we can expect another big step forward with Halo Infinite Multiplayer. The best news we’ve learned has yet to come though
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Will Be Free-to-Play, Will Support 120 FPS on Xbox Series X
You’ve probably heard the rumor that Halo Infinite Multiplayer would be free-to-play and, as it turns out, that rumor was 100-percent true. As you can see from the embedded tweet above, 343 industries has officially confirmed that multiplayer will not only be free-to-play, but will run at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X. We’ve yet to hear if there’s any legitimacy to the “greatly reduced load times” bit from that rumor, but at this point that doesn’t matter – 120 FPS will be huge for Halo Multiplayer, especially considering that the campaign will be locked at 60 FPS and will serve as more of a platform than a standalone entry to the series.
When Does Halo Infinite Launch?
Neither 343 Industries or Xbox has confirmed an official launch date for Halo Infinite, but we do know that it will launch this holiday season alongside the Xbox Series X. Chances are there will even be a special-edition console or, at the very least, a Halo Infinite bundle that includes the game, the Series X and, perhaps, a Halo-themed controller.