5 Things To Know About Halo Infinite's Multiplayer Preview

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Ninja Reveals Hopes For Halo Infinite (Exclusive)

ComicBook.com 06 August, 2021 - 04:56pm

Long before he became synonymous with Fortnite, Twitch streamer Tyler "Ninja" Blevins was a mainstay in the Halo competitive scene. Starting over a decade ago, Ninja took part in the Halo 3 esports scene and continued playing professionally all the way up until Halo 5: Guardians. As such, with a new Halo title planned to release later this year, it stands to reason that Ninja surely has a lot of thoughts about where the series could be heading next.

In an interview with ComicBook.com talking about his appearance in the upcoming film Free Guy, our own Brandon Davis asked Ninja about his thoughts on Halo Infinite prior to its release later this holiday season. Ninja explained that with Infinite, he's just looking for a game that he can just enjoy casually with friends rather than getting fully ingrained in professional play. "Dude, I just want a game that I can play with my boys," Blevins explained. "For me, Halo is what connected me to my oldest brother, John. I love him to death, infinitely. It was where we could, like, play together and actually spend time together was Halo."

Despite looking for a more casual experience with Halo Infinite this time around, Ninja also said he has a few concerns about the game. "The last couple Halos haven't really been that great. So I'm just hoping for the game to just really be casually fun again," he said. Notably, he seemed to be referring to Halo 4 and Halo 5 when it comes to his dissatisfaction with the previous Halo entries. To that end, he said that he hopes 343 Industries can have a good outing this time around.

As a whole, it remains to see how Halo Infinite turns out. The game's first multiplayer beta phase took place last weekend, and for the most part, it was well-received by those who were able to get in on the action. Still, there is a lot that we haven't seen of the project at this point in time, meaning that we won't really know how this game will pan out until later in the year.

At this point in time, a release date for Halo Infinite is still unknown, although it's said to be launching closer to the holidays. Whenever it does arrive, it will be available across Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.

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Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta: All The Important Things We Learned

GameSpot 06 August, 2021 - 02:54pm

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The game delivers a number of new innovations for the Halo series, including a grappling hook piece of equipment called the Grappleshot, new weapons like the Skewer, and a variety of new maps. Bearing in mind that it was an early version of Halo Infinite, the beta had a number of issues, oddities, and hiccups that are likely to be addressed for launch. But that said, we still learned a lot about what Halo Infinite has to offer and how it mixes things up from Halo 5.

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Halo Infinite has a Call of Duty-style mini-map that helps you get a jump on enemies. Based on our experience with the beta, enemies only tended to show up when they were sprinting and shooting, even though the mini-map is visible at all times. In the past, crouching was a good way to avoid being detected, but now you can also walk and stay hidden. Sprinting, shooting, or taking damage will expose your location on the map. As a result, if you're used to using the mini-map to sneak up on enemies, it might not be so easy in Halo Infinite.

Borrowing from systems made popular in games like Apex Legends, Halo Infinite also has a "ping" system. This allows teammates to quickly communicate key information about where to go and what to do next. You can even get points and assists in Halo Infinite for pings, so you're encouraged to use the system. Of note, the ping system is tied to the d-pad, which makes it a little more difficult to use than in Apex Legends and other games. We also found that AI callouts and pings were surprisingly adept and helpful.

From our experience in the Halo Infinite beta, it appears the ratio of shields to health has been redistributed. It appears that you have slightly more health once losing shields than before. This could lead to longer time-to-kill and allow you to stay alive in hot situations. Again, since this is a beta--and an early version that is months behind where the game is at with developers, it's possible these values could change as we get closer to launch. But in any event, we found that marksman-type weapons are the best to finish off an opponent with no shields. It also bears mentioning that 343 has subsequently acknowledged that Halo Infinite's visual indications for when someone's shields are down could be more pronounced, and the studio is now addressing this.

Lens flare comes to Halo Infinite, though you might not have noticed it playing against bot enemies. When human-to-human multiplayer was turned on during the beta, we noticed it more. Lens flare helps you see when someone is down range with a scoped weapon, and this can prove to be critical in staying alive and spotting enemies who might have you pinned down.

Halo Infinite brings back equipment, and we got our first look and feel for this in the Halo Infinite beta. Pick-ups happen automatically if you don't already have equipment. And similar to older Halo games, if you come across another piece of equipment, you'll need to manually replace it if you're already holding one. This seems like it'll add a further element of strategy.

One of the new abilities in Halo Infinite is the Threat Sensor, which reveals nearby enemies. When activated, it allows players to see enemies even through walls, which can help you get the upper hand on an opponent who might be hiding out of sight.

The Deployable Shield, meanwhile, is exactly what it sounds like. Putting the shield out on the battlefield protects you and anyone else who stands behind it, though it's only front-facing, unlike Halo 3's bubble shield that created a circular dome. The shield in Halo Infinite can be destroyed in chunks instead of all at once, so it will deteriorate with enough fire. Also of note is that it takes more than a second to deploy, so you'll find it most useful if you're able to set it down before a firefight begins instead of during one.

Perhaps the most notable new piece of equipment in Halo Infinite is the Grappleshot, which is a grappling hook that lets you traverse the map in new ways and even grab items. This ability, perhaps more than any other, has the potential to mix up Halo Infinite's tried-and-true formula in the most significant way, given the variety of ways it can be used for offense and defense. It has a limited number of uses, so that's something else to keep in mind when using the item.

Halo Infinite also brings back Active Camo and the Overshield, which will be familiar to Halo fans. Unlike in older Halo games, you pick up Camo and the Overshield and must trigger them to use.

Halo Infinite's beta had three maps: Live Fire, Recharge, and Bazaar. The maps include interior and exterior sections, along with long sightlines for snipers and close-quarters areas that lead to melee kills. The maps also contain a variety of routes to discover, and, like in Halo 5, clambering allows players to get to climb up walls and onto structures. With the Grappleshot, it's possible to jump even higher and get the jump on someone who might not have seen you coming.

Power weapons and marksman weapons rotate on each map, so you never know exactly what you're going to get in any given match or where on the map the particular weapon may spawn.

Halo Infinite also has a Big Team Battle mode with much larger maps, but this was not included in the latest beta, so we'll have to wait to learn more about those new environments.

The general speed of movement in Halo Infinite appears to match up with Halo 5, though there are some key changes to sprinting. Specifically, you can reload while sprinting and your shields will recharge when sprinting (which wasn't possible in Halo 5). Halo Infinite also brings back Halo 5's sliding (and there are advanced techniques to be discovered), while the Grappleshot--as mentioned above--opens up all manner of new and exciting ways to move around the map. Another thing to note is that Halo Infinite does away with the Thrust ability from Halo 5, so you can no longer escape an oncoming grenade so easily.

Halo is synonymous with weapons, and Halo Infinite ups the ante with new ones like the Skewer and the VK78 Commando, which is effective at range and up close. We found the Commando to be challenging to control with its significant recoil, but it is highly effective when burst-fired.

The Skewer is a new power weapon in Halo Infinite that is incredibly dangerous and deadly. Sure to be a favorite, the Skewer is a one-hit kill weapon capable of turning the tide if used effectively and efficiently.

Halo Infinite also brings back the battle rifle, of course, and it's every bit as deadly and precise as you remember from past games. Yes, four-shot kills are back. The assault rifle returns as well, and it's a tried-and-true way to keep enemies back.

The pistol, meanwhile, could end up returning to prominence in Halo Infinite, as it packs a punch and can stop enemies in their tracks with well-placed shots. It can also be frustrating and unforgiving, though, if you're missing shots.

Grenades are back, too, and they are powerful. We found ourselves missing Halo 5's thrust ability to quickly dodge an oncoming grenade. But not being able to do so is a back-to-basics move that requires players to better consider their options when jumping into a firefight.

The Gravity Hammer returns as well, and it is as deadly as ever. You don't want to find yourself on the receiving end of it, that's for sure. And finally, another new weapon in Halo Infinite is the Ravager, which is a directed-energy weapon that is useful up close and at range.

Be sure to watch the full video above to see more of Halo Infinite multiplayer in action and hear directly from Persia about what's new and exciting about the game.

It's still early days for Halo Infinite, but we've enjoyed what we've played so far. As mentioned, these impressions are based on the game in its beta state, so everything from weapon damage values, map design, movement speed, and elements of the items and abilities could change. A second beta test is coming up, and you can sign up for Halo Insider for a chance to get in.

Halo Infinite launches later this year for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The multiplayer is free for everyone, while the campaign is included with Xbox Game Pass.

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Halo Infinite's Weapon Spawn Locations Is An Underrated Feature

Screen Rant 06 August, 2021 - 10:10am

Dubbed weapon racks by developer 343 Industries, Halo Infinite's weapon spawns take inspiration from Halo 2's initial trailer and its first level. While it made sense that weapons were just lying around on the Halo ring in the first entry, future games have since had weapon storage containers pop up from time to time as well as a few similarly stored weapons in Reach. However, Infinite takes the concept from obscure lore to gameplay relevance in its multiplayer arena.

The guns Spartans find on weapon racks aren't usually going to shift the game in one team's favor. Instead, they function as slightly upgraded replacements for the starting Assault Rifle or Sidekick pistol. The trusty Battle Rifle and the brand new Commando offer precision at various ranges while the newly deadly Needler and the Bulldog shotgun provide options for close combat. Just like in Halo 5, each weapon in the sandbox feels like it has distinct advantages and disadvantages, promoting a sense of variety that's very healthy for an FPS.

It's important that weapon spawns stand out on Halo Infinite's maps because they're not static across each match. Much like how Halo 5 added variety with visual refreshes for some of its maps, Halo Infinite's technical test had two variations of each map featuring different weapon loadouts. The replacements (including swapping the shotgun for the close-range Heatwave and Halo's trusty Sniper Rifle for the brutish Skewer) don't change the category of weapons available; players always have the same mix of long-, short- and mid-range options. However, varying the exact weapon placements across rounds makes the game more fun to play over longer sessions, since a game could play out very differently even on the same map.

Since the days of Halo: Combat Evolved, grabbing the right weapons in a game of Slayer makes all the difference. In the earliest days, that meant breaking out a physical timer and placing it in front of the TV to ensure that the rockets at the bottom of Damnation went into the right hands. In 2021, Halo Infinite and its weapon racks do a lot of that work on their own, letting players of all skill levels experience a little bit of the magic of Halo multiplayer at its highest levels.

How to get into the next Halo Infinite multiplayer test

Gamesradar 06 August, 2021 - 09:46am

The next Halo Infinite multiplayer test could focus on PvP

To be a part of any preview content for Halo Infinite, you need to be a Halo Insider. To do that, you can begin by heading over to the official Halo Waypoint website, and provide your email address, console and other platforms of preference, and other personal details in order to be admitted into the Halo Insider program.

Only Halo Insider program members will be eligible to take part in the Halo Infinite technical flight sessions. However, it should be noted that being a Halo Insider doesn't automatically guarantee you access to all preview sessions for 343's forthcoming shooter, as the developer still has to be selective about how many players actually get to test their game and provide feedback before launch.

Additionally, the developer hasn't actually confirmed another Halo Infinite technical flight will be taking place. However, a 343 developer stated earlier this week that, if possible, the developer would love to offer up PvP content to players in a preview session before launch. While this definitely doesn't confirm that another flighting session is on the way for Halo Infinite, we at least know the developer wants it to happen.

Halo Infinite launches at some point later this year in Fall 2021, for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. For our key takeaways from the recent technical flighting preview test, check out our full Halo Infinite multiplayer preview feature for more.

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How to get into the next Halo Infinite multiplayer test

App Trigger 06 August, 2021 - 09:46am

The next Halo Infinite multiplayer test could focus on PvP

To be a part of any preview content for Halo Infinite, you need to be a Halo Insider. To do that, you can begin by heading over to the official Halo Waypoint website, and provide your email address, console and other platforms of preference, and other personal details in order to be admitted into the Halo Insider program.

Only Halo Insider program members will be eligible to take part in the Halo Infinite technical flight sessions. However, it should be noted that being a Halo Insider doesn't automatically guarantee you access to all preview sessions for 343's forthcoming shooter, as the developer still has to be selective about how many players actually get to test their game and provide feedback before launch.

Additionally, the developer hasn't actually confirmed another Halo Infinite technical flight will be taking place. However, a 343 developer stated earlier this week that, if possible, the developer would love to offer up PvP content to players in a preview session before launch. While this definitely doesn't confirm that another flighting session is on the way for Halo Infinite, we at least know the developer wants it to happen.

Halo Infinite launches at some point later this year in Fall 2021, for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S. For our key takeaways from the recent technical flighting preview test, check out our full Halo Infinite multiplayer preview feature for more.

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