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Microsoft confirms “free-to-play multiplayer” for Halo Infinite [Updated]

Halo is for everyone. We can confirm #HaloInfinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120FPS on Xbox Series X. More details will be shared later! pic.twitter.com/9bIrppFiON

— Halo (@Halo) July 31, 2020

Update, 5:02pm ET: Since our story went live this morning, Microsoft has confirmed the below leak as authentic. Halo Infinite will indeed include the series' first free-to-play multiplayer content on a console when it launches later this year. Microsoft forwarded a link to its announcement in its response to our questions. The company has yet to clarify whether related rumors about the Xbox Live Gold service are impacted.

  • Master Chief is back, alongside the man who saved his life. Microsoft
  • Demo's title screen. Microsoft
  • Say hello to the grappling hook, a new Halo ability mapped to the LB button with a slight cooldown timer. Microsoft
  • We also get a map interface, a first for a Halo game. Microsoft
  • Sweeping views. Microsoft
  • Flying into danger. Microsoft
  • Yep, that's the titular "Halo." Microsoft
  • Standard weaponry. Microsoft
  • New weaponry.
  • Standard wheels. Microsoft
  • Hoppin' wheels. Microsoft
  • Before gameplay began, we saw a more cinematic sequence in 30 fps. Unclear if this was real-time or prerendered. Microsoft
  • But it did include Cortana narrating Chief's return, which is always nice. Microsoft
  • Chief and his new ally study an ominous message. Microsoft / 343 Industries
  • A new villain. Microsoft

Original report:

Halo Infinite may offer free access to its multiplayer modes, if some now-removed text from an online store listing out of the UK is to be believed.

The pre-registration page for Xbox Series X pre-orders at British retailer Smyths Toys included a section on Halo Infinite that, as of earlier this morning, mentioned the game will include "a groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience," as well as "up to 120 fps" frame rates. That section has been removed from the current version of the page in recent hours but can still be seen in the latest Google Cache (and this Internet Archive sRead More – Source