Exactly 20 years ago, a small little game studio had high hopes for their latest release. It had gone through a number of design iterations – gradually transitioning from a top-down perspective all the way to first-person, but now it was finally here. Players were ambushed by a mysterious alien armada, and crash-landed on a certain ring that became an iconic piece of the gaming landscape. And in celebration of that day, we’ve been gifted something very special.
Halo: Infinite is still a ways away, with the campaign still scheduled to release on December 8th. But today’s a special occasion, and 343 Industries has given fans the best possible place to celebrate their love of Halo – with the free release of Halo: Infinite’s multiplayer mode.
Naturally, this being a major event, you can expect it to come alongside a trailer. And they did not disappoint – it features a ton of Spartans cosplaying Halo: Reach’s cast of characters, all duking it out in a variety of gamemodes. Which, makes sense, given the theme of this competitive season. Halo: Infinite is a bit of a love letter to Bungie-era Halo titles, so it’s fitting that they make this homage as direct as possible.
This release is still a beta release, however. Things may change between now and the full release – but for now, there’s still plenty of classic Halo goodness for you to enjoy, and all progress made here will carry over to the final product. The free-to-play model also means that we’re likely to see a lot more monetization in the future, though the fact that this mode is effectively a giant ad for the main campaign should curb that a bit.
As you can expect, fans are ecstatic about this news. A stickyed post over on the Halo Subreddit is filled to the brim with people quoting lines for previous games. Aside from those, we have such articulate posts as “I’m gonna cry” and “THE MAD LADS DID IT” – even if you’re not a Halo fan, it’s still probably worth it to join in on the fun. The world can be a stressful place sometimes, and it’s not often you can get caught up in a tide of joy and excitement like this. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to do exactly that.