Rumor: Halo Infinite leak suggests a free-to-play multiplayer experience

    
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Rumor: Halo Infinite leak suggests a free-to-play multiplayer experience

So, who had Halo goes free-to-play on the summer 2020 bingo card? OK, not really, but a leak circulating on the internet today suggests that Halo Infinite will be some sort of free-to-play multiplayer mayhem.

The leak comes by way of Smyths Toys Superstore (what), which seems to have accidentally announced the free-to-play status of the game on its Xbox landing page. Here’s a snapshot of what the toy website before it was removed:

According to The Verge, other leakers have confirmed the information and added that it’ll have a battlepass monetization system. The news comes in tandem with an official dev blog that included a gameplay demo, seen below, and a Q&A section touching on aesthetics, visual fidelity, and the multiplayer beta.

“[O]ur original plans for large-scale flighting aren’t where we originally intended in large part due to the challenges of working from home during the COVID-19,” 343 Industries wrote. “At this time we’re honestly not sure what is going to be possible in terms of flighting but we still hope to have an opportunity for broader public hands-on before release. And, as we’ve previously stated, we’ll be relying on flighting and continued feedback and community partnership well beyond launch as we grow and evolve the game together.”

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Jack Pipsam

Hmm, I’m a life-long Halo fan and I have no idea how to feel about any of this.

The original games are scared to me and I love that the MCC has brought them back with a vengeance on both Xbox One and now PC.

But now with open-world, upgrade-trees, battle passes, F2P online, I really don’t know what 343i is doing anymore.
Halo 4 was just okay, Halo 5 was terrible. I am really hopeful they can pull something great, but I am wounded from 343i’s efforts with the franchise I just don’t know anymore.

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James Crow

the question is what those who paying for the game going to get, Halo MP is one of the most beloved mode for Halo Fans.

i liked what they did with Halo MCC, free BP and option to change and continue seasons by your own time without limit.

now, alot of Halo Players buying the game just for the MP thats mean without any incentive they going to lose those players (even if alot of them subscribe to XBOX PASS)

for me i dont care bc as every halo im going to buy the game and F2P mean more playerbase for a stable fanbase game, but still i want to see if the B2P players going to get things for the mp

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Greaterdivinity

It’s confirmed, F2P multiplayer with a pointless 120fps option for consoles. Ain’t no market for 144hz TV’s, dudes, and higher refresh rate monitor use ain’t that big on console considering that we’re lucky if games ship with 60fps.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

To be fair, an existing use case is one reason for manufacturers start thinking about providing it, but yeah, you’re mostly right.

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Grave Knight

Eh. The only way I can see a F2P Halo working is if the engine and the multiplayer PVP stuff is the F2P part with whatever F2P monetization they use (hopefully not overpowered P2W weapons) while the single player game is something akin to a DLC.

Hopefully they aren’t do something like skill trees and looter shooter stuff like Destiny. I don’t think any Halo fan would be happy with that.

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Greaterdivinity

It’s exclusively the multiplayer PvP (and maybe horde mode) that will be F2P, the campaign itself will need to be purchased as usual.

And there’s no indication that it will have anything to do with looter shooters that I’ve seen. I’ve seen this concern quite a bit, out of curiosity is this something folks are reading somewhere?

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Diego Lindenmeyer

wow, didnt expected that… Gonna try it for sure!

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Greaterdivinity

It’s a damn smart move. CoD has already started detaching the campaign from the multiplayer, and Halo is very much a game like CoD where the campaign may be solid but folks stay around for the multiplayer. Opening that up and adding in a cash shop with cosmetics and whatnot is a smart way to help keep that part of the game alive and kicking for a much longer time, especially if their comments on “growing” Infinite rather than working on more sequels are accurate.

You may not be able to see it, but Craig is actually quite pleased with this –comment image

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Bannex

Hope they have an ace up their sleeve because this game looks awful.

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Greaterdivinity

Visually? If so, that’s already been kinda addressed.

TLDR: Lighting is to blame for the most part, and their choice to show off a level that was mostly shadowed and prevented the actual details in the materials/textures didn’t do them any favors.

They’ve already acknowledged this issue and are working on ways to address it, and on Series X the ray-tracing update will absolutely fix things (handles PBR materials much better than standard dynamic lighting). At least it gave us Craig memes.

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jealouspirate

It seems from various leaks and whatnot that they’re basically trying to be Destiny.

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Emiliano Lozada

Except Destiny is a looter shooter and Halo is not. Different ballparks.