Halo Infinite multiplayer will reportedly be free-to-play

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer experience may be free-to-play, according to information published on an Irish toy retailer’s website. According to The Verge, Smyths Toys Superstores — a large retailer in Ireland and the U.K. — briefly published a promotional page with information about the Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite. The page was removed, but cached version are available online.

On the website, Smyths wrote that Halo Infinite will have a “groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience.” It also noted that gameplay will run at 120fps with “greatly reduced load times.”

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for more information.

Following up on the information, an Xbox leaker also added that Halo Infinite will have a battle pass system and “customization options completely new to Halo.” This leaker has previously provided accurate information on Halo Infinite, according to The Verge.

Developer 343 Industries revealed Halo Infinite gameplay during the Xbox Games Showcase on July 23. However, 343 Industries declined to comment on the game’s multiplayer, noting that new information would be available in the coming months. In a blog post published Thursday, 343 Industries said it’s not sure “what is going to be possible” with regards to a potential multiplayer beta period. “We still hope to have an opportunity for broader public hands-on before release,” the developer said.

A number of games have moved to the free-to-play multiplayer format following Fortnite’s success. Battle royale games, in particular, have made the format quite popular, whether that’s with Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Call of Duty: Warzone.

Halo Infinite is expected to be released alongside the Xbox Series X later this year. It’ll come to Xbox Game Pass immediately.

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