During the special Xbox 20th Anniversary event, Microsoft shadow dropped the announcement that the Halo Infinite Multiplayer is now available. So what are you waiting for? Go and download the game!!
As you might already know, the Halo Multiplayer mode is free-to-play and lives outside of the upcoming main game’s campaign mode. The game features cross-play and cross-progression between PC and Xbox consoles. This means you can play the Halo Infinite on Steam or through the Windows Store and meet up with your friends on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
The Halo Infinite Multiplayer is technically in beta at the moment but that hasn’t stopped 343 Industries from releasing the first seasonal batch of content. Season one of Halo Infinite is called “Heroes of Reach” and is now live in the game. Season one will last right up until May 2022 and when the full game releases in December, all your progress will carry over to it too.
Sadly, there are some features missing in the current release of Halo Infinite. Players can’t make use of the player-creation mode called Forge. 343 Industries plans on releasing that during the third season of the game. Co-op is also not going to release day one in December either. the developer claims that will arrive with season two.
Given Halo’s free-to-play approach for this multiplayer mode, the servers are currently managing the massive load as the entire world downloads the game. According to Steam, the release of the Halo Infinite multiplayer mode caused a massive spike in bandwidth with around 23.5 Tbps. This caused a massive drop in download speed for users across the app. According to reports, some users were unable to hit a speed higher than 100KB/s.
While the initial download speeds were rough, players slowly managed to get their game downloaded and there were hundreds of thousands of players jumping into Halo Infinite. SteamDB says that the game peaked at 270k players. Putting the title just below Amazon’s New World.
As for the servers themselves, things are stable and there have been no reports of any crashes or network issues. Good job, Microsoft. Keen to jump into the Halo Multiplayer? Head on over to Steam to download it or boot your Xbox console up. If you’re waiting for the campaign, that only arrives on 8 December. Sadly, without co-op.