During its celebration of the 20th anniversary of Xbox on Monday, Microsoft treated fans to a stellar surprise. Starting right now, anyone with an Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, or PC can download the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta for free. Rumors of an early launch had been spreading all weekend, and we now know those rumors were on the money. Halo developer 343 Industries still plans to launch Halo Infinite’s campaign on December 8th, but you can play competitively online today.
Halo Infinite multiplayer beta live on Xbox and PC
As 343 Industries explains in a blog post, the multiplayer technical previews were effective in testing the infrastructure behind the game. That’s why the team felt good about launching the beta nearly a month earlier than expected. With that in mind, we should still expect a few “bumps and bugs” along the way. After all, this is still just a beta, and not the final public release.
Nevertheless, today does mark the start of Halo Infinite Season 1. Much like other popular multiplayer games, such as Fortnite and Destiny, Halo Infinite will have seasons with different maps, unique modes, and a Battle Pass. Everything you earn during Season 1 will stay on your account.
What’s happening in Halo Infinite Season 1?
343 says Halo Infinite Season 1 will last from now until May 2022. Initially, the developer planned to roll out a new season every three months. 343i instead extended Season 1 “to ensure Season 2 meets our high quality bar and so we can finish development for Season 2 in a healthy and sustainable way for our team.” This also means that Season 1 will have extra content.
Remember: Unlike previous Halo titles, the campaign and multiplayer are two separate products. Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free to play, much like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. Even if you have no interest in the campaign, you can download the multiplayer free of charge.
Everything else from Xbox Anniversary Celebration
Without a doubt, the arrival of Halo Infinite multiplayer was the highlight of the Xbox Anniversary Celebration. But it wasn’t the only major announcement from the event. On December 13th, Microsoft is releasing a documentary series called Power On: The Story of Xbox. It will be available on Roku, IMDb TV, YouTube, Redbox, and more. You can read more about it on Microsoft’s website.
Also, Microsoft updated its list of backward compatible games for the first time in ages. As of today, more than 70 additional Xbox 360 and Xbox titles can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Plus, 26 more titles are getting FPS Boost. Here’s the full list of new BC games:
- 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
- Aces of the Galaxy
- Advent Rising
- Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Make the Grade
- Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Burning Earth
- Bankshot Billiards 2
- Beautiful Katamari
- Binary Domain
- Black College Football Xperience: Doug Williams Ed
- Cloning Clyde
- Dead or Alive Ultimate
- Dead or Alive 3
- Dead or Alive 4
- Death by Cube
- Disney’s Chicken Little
- Elements of Destruction
- F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
- F.E.A.R. 3
- F.E.A.R. Files
- The First Templar
- Islands of Wakfu
- Lego The Lord of the Rings
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
- Max Payne 3
- Mini Ninjas
- Mortal Kombat
- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe
- MX vs. ATV Alive
- MX vs. ATV Untamed
- Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
- Onechanbara: Bikini Samurai Squad
- Otogi: Myth of Demons
- Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors
- The Outfit
- Outpost Kaloki X
- Quake Arena Arcade
- R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War
- Red Dead Revolver
- Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
- Ridge Racer 6
- Risen 2: Dark Waters
- Rock of Ages
- Sacred 2: Fallen Angel
- Secret Weapons Over Normandy
- Skate 2
- SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam!
- SpongeBob’s Truth or Square
- Star Wars Starfighter: Special Edition
- Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
- Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
- Thrillville: Off the Rails
- Time Pilot
- TimeSplitters 2
- TimeSplitters: Future Perfect
- Toy Story Mania!
- Vandal Hearts: Flames of Judgment
- Viva Piñata: Party Animals
You can download the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta now on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The Halo Infinite campaign will then launch on December 8th, 2021.