Halo Infinite multiplayer launches free-to-play for all

Halo Infinite launch

Over the past few days, rumors emerged from knowledgeable sources that Halo Infinite would be launching its multiplayer as a free-to-play component weeks ahead of the game’s official launch on December 8. Seems those rumors were true: Halo Infinite multiplayer is now live for everyone as an open beta.

That’s right, the first season of firefights, skirmishes and teabagging has begun and anyone can download it right now on an Xbox console of their choice or over the Microsoft Store and Steam on their PC.

343 Industries says the decision to release Halo Infinite early in “beta” is a way to “ensure all our systems are good-to-go” for December 8. This first season of combat will continue all the way into the first half of 2022 “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.”

All day-one maps and modes are enabled as well as the full Season 1 Battle Pass. “This means all the Battle Pass and customization items you earn or purchase will stay with you after December 8th.” The Battle Pass for this season — titled “Heroes of Reach” — offers free and premium tracks accounting for more than 100 unlockable items.

Halo Infinite multiplayer

It’s worth noting that a Premium Battle Pass does not expire. Meaning if you jump in later in the season or can’t unlock all the rewards by the end of the season, you can still keep grinding them. No FOMO here. You’ll simply have to choose which Pass you have active to determine what you’re grinding for.

Halo Infinite multiplayer is now free-to-play for a wide array of devices, including PC via the Microsoft Store or on Steam and on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Cloud Gaming.