Halo is a staple franchise for Microsoft. Ever since the original Microsoft Xbox hit the marketplace, we had a Halo game attached to it. Over the years Bungie has been working on the title and giving fans something new to enjoy featuring our favorite spartan hero until they opted to step down. Focusing on their new IP, Destiny, the Halo IP has since transitioned to the development studio 343 Industries. Most fans might find that their last attempt at this game franchise, Halo 5: Guardians, had missed the mark a bit, but that didn’t dampen any anticipation for their next big video game installment.
However, it took a very long time before we actually got to see that game in action. When 343 Industries finally did give some gameplay footage it brought in a ton of flack from the fan base. There were fans who found the game to be in too rough of shape especially with the game set to be released for the next-generation video game console platform at the time. Ultimately, this game was pushed back and it missed the launch date for the Xbox Series X/S platforms.
During E3 2021, Microsoft gave some more highlights to Halo Infinite and the anticipation is back. While we didn’t get campaign footage, the content being highlighted at the moment is based around multiplayer and the fact that the multiplayer component would be free to play. That means you don’t need to own a copy of Halo Infinite to jump online and play with your friends on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, or the PC. Although, before the game launches, it’s been noted that a multiplayer beta would come out.
We don’t have a release date yet, but the Community Director for 343 Industries, Brian Jarrard, took to his personal Twitter account and alerted fans that they still have a multiplayer technical preview planned. There’s no date on when the multiplayer beta will kick off but Brian makes note that it will be soon. Also, Brian wanted to alert fans that if they are not already signed up, to make an account with the Halo Insider Program because that is where you will get an invite when the time comes to bring out the multiplayer beta.