Halo Infinite is nearly upon us, with the full launch of the game looming over players. The next game in the Halo franchise from 343 Industries promises to introduce some big changes to the series, while incorporating that familiar Halo feel that players have come to know and love over the years.
Whether you’re a Halo newbie or you’ve been playing since the release of Halo: Combat Evolved on the original Xbox, there are bound to be things that surprise you. That being said, this guide is here to help clear up any confusion about the game and attempt to answer any questions you might have.
Some of the information you may already know, while other details you may just be learning like the rest of us. From price of the campaign to the release date, weapons, and more, you should be able to find everything here. So, let’s jump into it.
What is Halo Infinite?
Halo Infinite is the latest Halo game in the long-running series. The game is developed by 343 Industries and published by Microsoft. It’s comprised of a multiplayer mode for PvP-based gameplay, and the campaign which dumps players into the story for PvE-based gameplay.
Multiplayer includes much of the style of gameplay from past games in the series. Including Slayer, Big Team Battle, the Halo Forge, Oddball, and other fan-favorite match types.
The campaign is just what you would expect. A beefy story mode filled with exciting missions and combat.
What does Halo Infinite cost?
Halo Infinite will cost $60 to buy the campaign on Xbox consoles, or on PC via Steam. Although, there is a way to get the campaign for free. If you’re an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, Halo Infinite’s campaign will be a part of Game Pass on day one.
Meaning you can hop in at no additional cost when it goes live. The multiplayer portion of the game is free-to-play. So you won’t have to pay for it at all. You can simply install it and play as much as you like.
When does the game launch?
Microsoft is officially launching Halo Infinite on December 8. However, there is a bit more clarification to be laid out here. The free-to-play multiplayer mode is already live, but it’s technically still in a beta. With the official launch out of beta happening on December 8.
This date is also when the campaign mode goes live and players will be able to jump into the story mode.
Where is the game playable?
You can play Halo Infinite on the Xbox Series X|S, and on PC. On both consoles and PC you can access the game through Game Pass. On PC you can also access it through Steam, where you can also purchase the campaign.
Does the campaign have a co-op mode?
Yes and no. The campaign will have a co-op mode where you can play through the story with friends. However, this will not be available with the game at launch on December 8. Which means if you want to play the campaign right away, you’ll be going it alone.
When does the campaign co-op mode launch?
There isn’t an official release date for the campaign co-op. All 343 Industries has said is that its goal is to launch the campaign co-op with season 2. The multiplayer is currently in season 1, and is likely to stay that way until sometime in early 2022.
So while there is no official date for campaign co-op yet, players can probably expect the co-op to arrive sometime between February and March. Again though, exact timing all depends on when season 2 launches and if 343 is able to stick to its target launch date goal.
What about the Halo Forge?
The Halo Forge mode is another popular mode that players fell in love with from past Halo games. This will also not be launching alongside the game on December 8. According to 343 Industries, its goal is to launch Halo Forge alongside season 3. Given the length of time seasons are likely to last, it’s possible that players won’t see the Halo Forge arrive until the middle of next year.
As with the campaign co-op, though, exact timing is unknown. So, this is a detail we all just have to keep our eyes open for in the months ahead.
What are the match types in Halo Infinite?
Halo Infinite currently has 7 different match types, although they’re referred to as Modes in this game. All of which but one are available in the game at this very moment. The one that isn’t included right now is Fiesta. It was briefly in the game for the multiplayer’s first event, Fracture: Tenrai, and was the only event match type. This event will spread out over multiple weeks across a period of months, leading into next year. The first week of the event is now over and comes back in January.
For the other match types, all of the currently available (confirmed) modes are listed below. It’s also likely that more modes will be added later on, and, could even be available once the game fully launches.
Currently unavailable game modes
Currently available game modes
- Capture The Flag
- Total Control
In addition to these modes, there are variations of them that you will see pop up. Such as ‘One Flag.’ Which is essentially Capture The Flag but where only one team has a flag to defend and the other must take it back to their base. Once the round is over the offense and defense teams swap.
There’s also playlists that incorporate all these modes in their own way. Quickplay includes all modes and will randomly select one for players upon entering. Big Team Battle is basically the same thing but with larger teams. Then there’s Arena which is ranked. And finally you have Bot Bootcamp, which is a team of four players against an enemy team of bots. This is intended as a practice mode to help players familiarize themselves with maps and weapons, and increase their skills.
How many players can play in each mode?
This will depend on whether you’re playing in the Quick Play playlist or the Big Team Battle playlist. In Quick Play, and other modes like Fiesta from the Fracture: Tenrai event, there are four players on each team. In Big Team Battle there are 12 players on each team.
What are the Halo Infinite maps?
Halo Infinite multiplayer will have a wide collection of maps to play on. Some more suited to Big Team Battle while others are perfect for smaller modes that are based on 4v4. You can find the complete list of maps below that are available in Halo Infinite Multiplayer.
Halo Infinite Multiplayer Maps
- Launch Site
- Live Fire
These are all the maps you can currently spawn into when playing in multiplayer matches. Although, more will be added after the game launches. When, we can’t say. Because we’re not sure, as Microsoft and 343 haven’t confirmed when new maps will be added or what they’ll be. But more will be coming in the future.
What weapons does the game have?
Halo Infinite has a huge list of weapons to use in combat. Whether you’re plowing your way through waves of Banished in the campaign or taking on enemy Spartans in multiplayer. You can find the complete list of weapons currently in the game below. Keep in mind that more will potentially be added at a later date as the game progresses. But for now, here’s everything you can end up with.
Also worth noting is that we’re only listing the weapons here. Not any of the equipment or grenades. You can find that below this section.
Halo Infinite UNSC Weapons
- MA40 Assault Rifle (Fully automatic assault rifle)
- BR75 Battle Rifle (Burst fire and single-shot battle rifle)
- VK47 Commando (Fully automatic and three-shot burst precision tactical rifle)
- MK50 Sidekick (Single-shot pistol)
- CQS48 Bulldog (Fully automatic shotgun)
- S7 Sniper Rifle (Variable zoom sniper rifle)
- M41 SPNKR (Rocket launcher)
- MLRS-2 Hydra (Rocket launcher/grenade launcher hybrid with non-tracking and tracking shot rounds)
Halo Infinite Banished Weapons
- Pulse Carbine (Five-burst energy rifle)
- Needler (rapid-fire SMG)
- Plasma Pistol (single-shot and charged shot pistol)
- Energy Sword
- Gravity Hammer
- Mangler (Single-shot slug hand cannon)
- Disruptor (Automatic pistol with shocking damage-over-time shots)
- Stalker Rifle (Variable zoom long-range rifle)
- Ravager (Grenade launcher-like weapon with three-burst shot and charged shot)
- Skewer (Single-shot projectile)
- Shock Rifle
Halo Infinite Forerunner Weapons
- Heatwave (Energy projectile shotgun)
- Sentinel Beam
- Cinder Shot (Grenade launcher with variable fire mode)
What equipment does the game have?
In addition to the weapons, as a Spartan hitting the battlefield you’ll have a range of different equipment items you can have in your arsenal. This includes both non-lethal equipment, and lethal equipment such as frag grenades. We’ll list them both below, but split up for convenience.
- Drop Wall
- Grapple Shot
- Threat Sensor
- Active Camo
- Frag Grenades
- Plasma Grenades
- Dynamo Grenades
- Spike Grenades
How does progression work in Halo Infinite?
Halo Infinite will tie its progression to a seasonal battle pass. To level up the pass, you’ll need to play the game and complete challenges. Challenges are split up into daily and weekly challenges, with each challenge having its own set of tasks for the player.
After completing all weekly challenges, you’ll get an ultimate challenge that will typically serve as a more difficult challenge to complete, but with slightly better rewards.
This is also separate from the event-specific pass that will come along with each event. Event passes will work the same as the seasonal battle pass, but with their own separate set of challenges.
How do the micro transactions work?
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode is free-to-play. So that means development for it is monetized through the micro transactions in the store. You’ll use Halo Credits to purchase stuff from the store, and you can buy Halo Credits with real-world money.
Store purchases can include XP boosts, double XP boosts, challenge swaps, armor core customization, weapon customization, emotes, and more. Store inventory cycles weekly on each Tuesday reset. Exactly like Destiny 2.
What kinds of customization does Halo Infinite have?
You can customize lots of stuff. The main customizations will be the different armor cores. Which is the suit of armor your Spartan wears. Currently there are three available cores to choose from. One of which is the Yoroi armor that comes from the Fracture: Tenrai event. Though, now that the event is gone, you’ll have to wait till it comes back in January before you can acquire it if you didn’t do so while the event was active during its first week. There’s also the Mark VII and the Mark V.
In addition to armor cores, you can customize your armor coating. Which is basically Halo Infinite’s shader system from Destiny 2. This is how you will change the colors of your armor. Additionally, you can apply armor coatings to weapons and vehicles.
Plus, you can change your Spartan’s service tag, palette, voice, nameplate, backdrop, and stance. You can also customize the body type with different types of arm and leg prosthesis, as well as the AI model and color. But there’s more. You can also add emblems to your gamertag, vehicles, and weapons. Weapons can also have charms, as well as customized kits that change the look similar to the way coatings do. Like we said, you can customize quite a bit.