Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer surprise is launched

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Microsoft announced the surprising launch of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer during their Xbox 20th anniversary stream today. Technically, this is an open beta, but there is virtually no difference between it and an official release.

Halo Infinite will be released on December 8 for Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and PC. The single-player campaign will still debut that day. Unlike the promotion, the multiplayer component is free to play.

Today, November 15, marks the 20th anniversary of both the original Xbox and its leading launch title, Halo: Combat Evolved. The two brands have become interconnected, and it’s hard to imagine that the Xbox would still thrive if Halo were not there to give it an early boost.

Infinite is the seventh main episode in the Halo series (yes, I count Reach). The last post, Halo 5: Guardians, was released in 2015.

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