Halo Infinite's multiplayer could be free-to-play

A recently removed retail posting on the game may have signified a direction which includes free-to-play multiplayer and a free/premium battle pass.


As we continue to await the latest on the much-anticipated Halo Infinite, we’ve seen a lot of interesting details on the game. 343 Industries is clearly willing to try some new and exciting things with the classic franchise while also keeping what players love about Halo intact. However, a more interesting detail to have come out recently may or may not have been an accident. A recent retail posting on Halo Infinite claims that the multiplayer component of the game will be free-to-play with a battle pass system to go with it.

The retail listing for Halo Infinite with these curious and previously unrevealed details was spotted on retail website Smyths Toys and its Halo Infinite page. A before unseen ad claimed that Halo Infinite would feature free-to-play multiplayer, a battle pass system likely featuring a free and premium option, and customization like we’ve never seen in this area of the game. The ad was since removed, but Xbox leaker Klobrille caught a screencap of it before it was completely gone, which does indeed speak to free-to-play multiplayer and up to 120fps on the Xbox Series X.

Now it could have been a crossing of wires, some wrong information, or any number of other things which caused Smyths Toys to quickly pull the ad. Or they may have heard a detail we hadn’t yet and posted it before it was supposed to be revealed. The way the gaming industry has moved, it would not be surprising in the least to see Halo Infinite’s multiplayer go free-to-play with a purchasable battle pass and a premium campaign experience. Though this has never happened in the Halo franchise before, it is currently commonplace in the industry in games like Ninjala and even the latest Call of Duty: Modern Warfare where the popular Warzone is free, but the campaign and regular multiplayer must be bought.

The recent Halo Infinite gameplay video during the Xbox Series X games showcase presentation showed that 343 Industries is not afraid to try some new things while keeping the tasty classic Halo flavors intact. We wouldn’t be surprised in the least if taking up the now-common policy of free multiplayer with a battle pass and premium campaign was on the slate of changes in this new iteration, but it remains to be seen if this is true just yet. Stay tuned as we follow this story for new information and details.

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    July 31, 2020 7:18 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Halo Infinite's multiplayer could be free-to-play

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      July 31, 2020 7:19 AM

      Everything about this game just sounds awful. I'm so old.

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        July 31, 2020 8:28 AM

        Yes you are.

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        July 31, 2020 8:33 AM

        grapple hook

        what else you need bish

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          July 31, 2020 8:35 AM

          I tried Halo 5 on game pass. It really did not grab me. I love first person shooters too I try to play them all. Like I said I am old.

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            July 31, 2020 8:37 AM

            I tried Halo 4 and had to stop after 3 levels, it was awful. Didn't even know there was a fifth one. Still gonna try this out on game pass.

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              July 31, 2020 8:44 AM

              Halo 4 is easily the worst. I liked 5 but I know lots thought it was boring and for whatever dumb reason people are super attached to Master Chief so god forbid you play as someone with a personality.

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                July 31, 2020 8:53 AM

                Reach & ODST had different main characters, and people liked those games quite a bit. I can't say I remember anything about any of the main protagonists in these games, though. They're mainly silent, no?

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                  July 31, 2020 8:57 AM

                  I think in Reach the character may have said a few words but not much different from the Chief really. He doesn't even have a name... John 117 is a name I guess... sounds like a bible passage. Those games were more spinoffs though and so may have a different connotation to the majority of the audience. I distinctly remember people bitching how you didn't play as MC in part of Halo 2 and then bitching about it again in Halo 5. Master Chief is not a good character; he's hardly a character at all. Even his suit has no character. OG Mario on the NES had more character than MC does in all of the entire Halo franchise.

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      July 31, 2020 3:55 PM

      Is world of warcraft still $10 a month? Same graphics right?

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        July 31, 2020 4:19 PM

        Bobby Kotick has mortgages to pay

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