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Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play

343 confirms its plans for the Xbox Series X launch title

Nicole Carpenter is a senior reporter specializing in investigative features about labor issues in the game industry, as well as the business and culture of games.

Halo Infinite’s multiplayer experience will be free-to-play and will support 120-frames-per-second action on Xbox Series X, developer 343 Industries confirmed Friday afternoon.

The information was first published on an Irish toy retailer’s website. According to The Verge, Smyths Toys Superstores — a large retailer in Ireland and the U.K. — briefly published a promotional page with information about the Xbox Series X and Halo Infinite. The page was removed, but cached version are available online.

On the website, Smyths wrote that Halo Infinite will have a “groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience.” It also noted that gameplay will run at 120fps with “greatly reduced load times.”

Following up on the information, an Xbox leaker also added that Halo Infinite will have a battle pass system and “customization options completely new to Halo.” This leaker has previously provided accurate information on Halo Infinite, according to The Verge.

Developer 343 Industries revealed Halo Infinite gameplay during the Xbox Games Showcase on July 23. However, 343 Industries declined to comment on the game’s multiplayer, noting that new information would be available in the coming months. In a blog post published Thursday, 343 Industries said it’s not sure “what is going to be possible” with regards to a potential multiplayer beta period. “We still hope to have an opportunity for broader public hands-on before release,” the developer said.

A number of games have moved to the free-to-play multiplayer format following Fortnite’s success. Battle royale games, in particular, have made the format quite popular, whether that’s with Fortnite, Apex Legends, or Call of Duty: Warzone.

Halo Infinite is expected to be released alongside the Xbox Series X later this year. It’ll come to Xbox Game Pass immediately.

Update (4:55 p.m. EDT): The team at 343 Industries confirmed Friday afternoon on Twitter that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be free-to-play and will support 120 fps on Xbox Series X. We’ve updated the original article to reflect that.