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Halo Infinite public beta unlikely admits Microsoft

Halo Infinite’s planned public beta may not happen anymore, but 343 Industries says it’s looking at alternatives.

Halo Infinite’s big gameplay reveal was heavily hyped up by both Microsoft and fans. And while the game does seem to be bringing back the series to its roots, fans were quick to criticise what was shown.

The game’s graphics have already become a meme for not looking like they belong on a next gen system.

Microsoft and developer 343 Industries did initially plan to release a public beta for Halo Infinite before release and getting the game into fans’ hands could potentially help generate more positive PR.

Unfortunately, those plans appear to have been scuppered. In a new blog post, studio head Chris Lee explained that, while not technically cancelled, the chances of a public demo of some kind are looking less and less likely.

‘With Halo Infinite, we are also committed to building the game in partnership with our community but given the unprecedented challenges of this year, we’re not quite where we expected to be in terms of broader public flighting,’ he admitted.

But, even if the initial plan is no longer possible, Lee states that the team is looking at other options to get the game in peoples’ hands before it launches this year.

It’s possible that this is a knock-on effect from the game being delayed. In a video from journalist Alanah Pearce, who got to play a preview build and speak with 343, Infinite would have released sooner had it not been for the criticism Halo 5: Guardians received, specifically in regards to its story.

‘I was actually told by someone at the studio – though not officially – that Halo Infinite was delayed. It was originally going to come out sooner but they reworked the story because the fan response to Halo 5 was fairly negative, so they kind of re-envisioned things and are kind of restarting Halo.’

In the same video, she also revealed that she asked if we will be able to visit other worlds, to which the developers said they’d like to keep some secrets, leading Pearce to make the assumption that there will be more than one world to explore.

Halo Infinite will release for Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC this year.


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