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Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play at launch with 120 FPS

by Brad Norton

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It's now been confirmed that Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be free-to-play at launch and will also support 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X, following leaks from the day prior that suggested the same.

Halo Infinite’s gameplay reveal on July 24 showcased what fans can expect from the next chapter in Master Chief’s journey. While plenty of backlash soon followed due to the game’s graphics, one area that wasn’t discussed at all was multiplayer.

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The Halo community has been holding out for any scrap of information on this front. While sprinting and grapple hooks have some players nervous, Microsoft shut down the most alarming rumor to date. It’s been confirmed that Infinite will launch with multiplayer right of the gate, and now, it appears as though anyone will be able to jump in. 

A July 30 listing from Irish retailer Smyths Toys Superstores suggested that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be “free-to-play,” and after word spread like wildfire, the official Halo Twitter account confirmed it with a tweet the next day.

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Halo enthusiasts will be able to jump into multiplayer action at launch without spending a dime. The campaign experience is — unsurprisingly — locked behind a paywall as always, but free multiplayer would be a first for the long-running, mega-popular FPS franchise.

There’s no telling exactly what this free component might entail, however. It could be the full multiplayer experience with every single mode and map available to all players. Or, it could just be a smaller portion with much of the game’s offerings locked away. It’s described as a “groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience,” which leaves the door wide open.

Also revealed in the early store listing and later confirmed was the fact that Halo Infinite will run at 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X. Alongside “greatly reduced load times,” this is a massive bump from the 60FPS fans have grown accustomed to with Halo 5: Guardians.

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Halo Infinite is expected to launch alongside the Xbox Series X towards the end of 2020.

While developers have shot down rumors of a battle royale mode coming to the game, it’s something that many fans want to see. Perhaps it could make for the perfect free-to-play experience as Microsoft’s next-gen console launches at the tail end of 2020.