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Yesterday, Microsoft’s shadow dropped Infinite’s Halo multiplayer three weeks ahead of launch for Xbox’s 20th anniversary, and it’s no surprise that it’s off to a flying start. Although technically in beta, the free-to-play multiplayer contains everything it was supposed to have on its real launch, which includes all the manners, maps, make-up, and the Pass First battle. Basically, Infinite’s Halo the first multiplayer season, Heroes of Reach, has started early.

However, as it happens, not only has it started early, it will also last longer than expected. In a blog update on Waypoint Halo, Creative head of 343 Industries, Joseph Staten, announced that shooter’s multiplayer Season 1 will now run until May 2022. Although 343 Industries previously announced that each season would last three months, the developer has now chosen to extend the first season by a few months to give himself more time to finish work on Season 2.

“When you start playing the beta, you’ll notice in Battle Pass UI that Season 1 will run from now until May 2022, which changes from our original goal of carrying a new Season every three months,” Staten wrote. “We made the decision to extend Season 1 to give ourselves more time to make sure Season 2 meets our high quality bar and so we can finish development for Season 2 in a healthy and sustainable way for our team. ”

Staten says that along with the extension, Season 1 is also buffed, which means additional events, content, customization items, and more. He wrote: “Importantly, with the Season 1 extension, we are not just extending our original Term 1 plan. In fact, we took this opportunity to add additional events, customization items and other content to Season 1 to make it an even richer experience from start to finish. For example, starting today and through the first week, you can log in to Infinite Halo to unlock a free collection of 20-year themed cosmetics. Following this free awards period, the start of our inaugural Season 1 opening event, ‘Fracture: Tenrai’, will begin November 23. This will be your first of multiple opportunities to win Season 1 samurai-themed armor pieces and customized items others. ”

Of course, with 343 Industries having announced that before Infinite Halo there will be no campaign co-op or Forge at the launch, there are questions about what this means when they arrive. The campaign co-op was, after all, expected to arrive with Season 2, while Forge was due to be added with Season 3. So does this mean those have been delayed as well?

The answer is … unclear. Staten says more details will be shared in January.

“In January, after you all have had a chance to play Infinite Halo ‘s a wide and adventurous campaign starting on December 8th, and all of us on the Infinite Halo the team has had the opportunity to recharge our energy shields over the holidays, we will have more details to share about the Season 1 events calendar as well as our Season 2, campaign co-op, and Forge release plans. “

Infinite’s Halo beta multiplayer is available on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, and PC, and all progress will carry over to the full game when it launches, alongside the single player campaign, on December 8.


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