Halo Infinite multiplayer is available to play right now

Halo Infinite's multiplayer Season 1 is now available. Tom French, Multiplayer Associate Creative Director for Halo Infinite, made the announcement during the Xbox 20th Anniversary Livestream on November 15.

"On behalf of the entire Halo team," French said, "it's my honor and privilege to announce that your Spartan journey begins today. Right now you can download and start playing Season One of Halo Infinite's free-to-play multiplayer beta on Xbox One, Series S, [Series] X, and PC.

"This is the kick off of our season and you'll have access to all the maps, core modes, academy features, and the full Battle Pass to unlock, and your progression will carry over when we officially release the game on December 8."

Described by its developer 343 Industries as a spiritual reboot of the series, Halo Infinite's campaign mode will continue the ongoing story of the franchise and Xbox Series X players will enjoy "up to 4k resolution at 60fps in the campaign and greatly reduced load times creating seamless gameplay that ushers in the next generation of gaming".

The multiplayer mode saw a couple of initial beta previews earlier this year, with the most recent being just last month. The multiplayer mode will also see the return of split-screen co-op, which was cut from Halo 5 in favor of an online only multiplayer mode – a creative decision that caused considerable controversy among the Halo fanbase.

Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries said in 2017 that the removal of split-screen co-op from Halo 5 was "painful" and that "it erodes trust with the community. [We’ve had a] lot of learnings from that, and I would say for any FPS going out forward we will always have split-screen going forward."

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