- A store listing suggested that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free with an optional battle pass.
- The gameâ€™s Arena online mode might also run at up to 120fps on Xbox Series X.
- This comes right as 343 has acknowledged it has â€˜work to doâ€™ on the graphics.
Microsoft might have one way to ensure a thriving Halo Infinite multiplayer community: make the online modes free to play.
A briefly available Smyths Toys Superstores listing (via The Verge)Â touted a â€œgroundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience,â€� suggesting that youâ€™ll only need to pay if you want to play the campaign. While there werenâ€™t additional details, well-known leaker Klobrille both corroborated the report and claimed there would be a â€œBattle Pass system.â€� Much like Fortnite, then, Microsoft would rake in money from players looking to unlock the latest character and weapon skins.
Smyths and Klobrille also touted â€œup to 120fpsâ€� gameplay (specifically in Arena mode) on Xbox Series X consoles. Klobrille went on to hint at customization choices â€œcompletely new to Halo,â€� although thatâ€™s in line with 343 Industriesâ€™ promises of offering expansion â€œwell beyond launch.â€�
The leak comes just as 343 said in a blog post that it would tune Halo Infiniteâ€™s graphics. While most people liked the graphics, the studio acknowledged that there was â€œwork to doâ€� in improving both the visual detail and â€œoverall presentationâ€� of the game. Gamers were concerned that objects and lighting were too flat, and that distant objects were popping in too conspicuously.
Thankfully, this might change soon. The developer stressed that the game build used for the campaign demo was â€œseveral weeksâ€� old, and that some of the feedback reflected changes already in the works. There werenâ€™t any firm answers on how things would change, but what you saw in the gameplay video wonâ€™t necessarily reflect the finished product.
A lot is riding on Halo Infinite. Itâ€™s undoubtedly the Xbox Series Xâ€™s marquee title for the holidays, and might determine whether or not Microsoftâ€™s console competes well with the PlayStation 5. The more polish 343 can add, the more it does for both the Halo franchise and the Xboxâ€™s long-term future.