Halo Infinite is clearly Microsoft's big first-party game for 2021. Originally the game was expected to launch alongside the Xbox Series X|S, but was later delayed, making it this year's hottest game for Xbox fans.

Despite its delay, we're still receiving a lot of information about the game, as developer 343 Industries has promised to delivery monthly updates up until its release. As each month passes, we'll no doubt receive bigger and better news, so be sure to check out our guide for all the latest on the game throughout the year.

What Is Halo Infinite?

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The latest entry in the Halo series is set to continue the story of Master Chief and deliver the classic first-person shooter action that fans of the franchise have grown to love. From what we've seen so far, the single-player campaign will be more open-ended, allowing players to choose which objectives to tackle. A new antagonist will also drive the plot forward with The Banished, a former Covenant faction previously introduced in Halo Wars 2.

Here's what the game's official blurb has to say:

"When all hope is lost and humanity’s fate hangs in the balance, the Master Chief is ready to confront the most ruthless foe he’s ever faced. Begin anew and step inside the armour of humanity’s greatest hero to experience an epic adventure and finally explore the scale of the Halo ring itself."

When Is Halo Infinite's Release Date?

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The game was intended to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X|S, but was delayed shortly after its initial gameplay reveal last year. The decision was made following a negative reception to the trailer, with some fans suggesting the game was failing to push the franchise forward - at least from from a visual perspective.

Halo Infinite is now pencilled in with a Fall 2021 release window. No specific release date has been announced, but November 15th marks the 20th anniversary for the series, making it a likely time frame.

Will Halo Infinite Be Included In Xbox Game Pass?

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Yes! As one of Microsoft's first-party titles and their number one flagship game, Halo Infinite will be available in Xbox Game Pass the day and date it launches. Not only that, but even those who don't have Xbox Game Pass or an Xbox Live Gold membership will be entitled to play Halo Infinite's multiplayer for free.

Is Halo Infinite An Xbox Series X|S Exclusive?

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Nope! Contrary to what some might have expected, Halo Infinite will still be launching on Xbox One alongside next-gen systems. Rumours have circulated that the game will be canned on last-gen hardware, however, the game's community manager recently came forward to put those rumours to bed.

Seems pretty certain to us.

Will There Be A Beta For Halo Infinite?

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There is a flighting programme which will allow players to test Halo Infinite ahead of its launch. To join, players will need to sign up to be a Halo Insider, which gives them exclusive benefits and early access to new Halo features and games. Additionally, members are also able to distribute feedback to 343 Industries directly.

"The Halo Insider Program is the new way Halo fans and community members can partner with 343 Industries to improve our games, products, and services. As a Halo Insider, you’ll have the opportunity to regularly provide feedback and insights that help shape and inform current franchise initiatives and the future of Halo. You will also be given exclusive opportunities to participate in public flights of in-progress Halo game releases and provide feedback to the development teams."

What's New In Halo Infinite?

The Halo Infinite gameplay demo last year featured quite a bit of new information regarding the latest title. For a start, the biggest switch-up is the departure from a linear design to something more reminiscent of an open world. During the eight minute gameplay section, we were shown a brief look at the map of the area, which presented multiple objectives for players to tackle in any order.

Not only that, but it looks like Master Chief has some new tricks up his sleeve -o ne of those being a grappling hook to zip across to enemies. By exploring the world, players will also have the opportunity to gain a variety of upgrades, adding some RPG-lite elements to the game.

What Does The Future Of Halo Look Like?

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According to 343 Industries, Halo Infinite is the beginning of a ten-year long plan. At present those details are scarce, but former studio head Chris Lee spoke to IGN last year about the series' future, laying out some interesting plans.

"Halo Infinite is the start of our platform for the future. We want Infinite to grow over time, versus going to those numbered titles and having all that segmentation that we had before. It’s really about creating Halo Infinite as the start of the next ten years for Halo and then building that as we go with our fans and community."

It's unclear whether this means Halo will be getting other titles similar to ODST and Reach, or if Halo Infinite is going to be used as a base to build upon. Either way, it seems like a fresh and exciting new start for the series.

Are you ready for the release of Halo Infinite later this year? Let us know down below.

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