Surprise: Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer mode is available right now

As part of its Xbox 20th anniversary celebration livestream today, Microsoft announced the surprise launch of Halo Infinite‘s free-to-play multiplayer mode, which is available now for Xbox One, Series S/X, and PC (the game will be available on Xbox Cloud Streaming “later today”).

Today’s launch, which comes after two limited multiplayer “technical preview” test weekends in recent months, is still being described as a beta launch ahead of the full release planned for December 8. That’s when the game’s single-player campaign is also expected to launch (though co-op mode will have to wait).

As such, 343 Industries warns that “you may experience some bumps and bugs during this beta period.” That said, the company sees today’s roll out as the official launch of the game’s “Season One,” which is titled “Heroes of Reach” and will run through May 2, 2022 (subsequent seasons will run for three months). Any progress made in the beta will carry over to the full launch.

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