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Hold onto your helmets. Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer mode might be launching next week, so say a number of insiders.
This would be a turn up for the books as the game is scheduled to be released for PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on December 8th. And, when we consider the measured approach that 343 Industries has adopted for Infinite’s development trajectory, a spontaneous release of the multiplayer mode is out of character. Still, it’s Christmas! According to the songs that the shops on the high street are playing on their overhead speakers! ‘Tis the season for miracles!
The developer has had lots of rationale for taking things slowly with Infinite. Remember when the game was meant to be in the launch lineup for the Xbox Series X? The plasticky visuals shown off in the Xbox Games Event turned a lot of fans off the game, yet 343 Industries listened to the comments and stepped away from the legacy aesthetics of the original trilogy.
We got the chance to chat to Jeff Steitzer - who plays the announcer in every single Halo game - about how the theatre and the video game industry are travelling along the same path for representation. Check it out below!
Now, a glow up for the one and only Craig is just scratching the surface of the enormous number of improvements that have been undertaken for Halo Infinite. Regarding the multiplayer mode, community manager John Junyszek stated that actor Jeff Steitzer will of course reprise his role as the announcer though he won’t be there from the start. This update, published several days ago, covers the rest of the alterations that the team will be bringing to the game from the tech preview, and specifically says that the game is coming out next month.
As a result, the idea that 343 Industries is gearing up for a surprise drop for Infinite’s multiplayer mode on November 15th is… interesting to say the least. What it could be is a beta to stress-test the server before the masses of players enter the game on December 8th. Naturally, this is speculation, but fans with the memories of elephants noticed that November 15th, 2021 is the 20th anniversary of the series, and a surprise drop for the multiplayer might be a way of celebrating that for new and veteran players. We’ll have to wait and see what next week brings.
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