What gamers can expect from Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode

343 Industries recently launched the beta phase of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode, which features the new weapon drop mechanic and vehicle and weapon customization, among others.

The first Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview started on Thursday, 29 July 2021. The beta will run until Sunday, 1 August 2021, offering a short-change for those invited to test the game’s multiplayer aspects. It is the first of many technical previews for Halo Infinite, as Microsoft plans to launch the free multiplayer game mode later this year.

According to 343 Industries, the first preview includes testing gameplay against artificial intelligence (AI) bots, with a bot arena to “gather feedback on bot behaviour and online performance.” The arena includes the slayer mode across three maps, and a variety of challenges throughout the weekend. However, 343 Industries warned that “the bots still have their quirks, which is why we are fighting them, but they certainly are not pushovers, so be prepared.”

Invited players will also be able to try the weapon drills element of Halo Infinite during the beta. It is a way to test weapons before entering arena battle, in a simple firing range. There will be a variety of guns to test, including pistols, the classic needler, snipers and the MA40 assault rifle.

343 Industries will also be testing the user interface (UI) of the game, including how players interact with challenges, use the in-game store, and unlock battle passes. The beta features a short Battle Pass, and a small fraction of the customization options planned for the launch.

The preview will also test the new Halo Waypoint web and mobile app, where players can customize a spartan or view battle pass progress and challenges. Halo Infinite’s multiplayer game mode is expected to launch alongside the campaign later this year. It will be a free part of the game that is open to anyone with a personal computer (PC) or Xbox. Other classic game modes like Capture The Flag, will also include new abilities, such as using a grapple hook to pick up objects.