The Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta is live and I just want to play Slayer. Classic Deathmatch mode is one of several different modes available in the game, but right now you can only play it at random.
All three of the competitive game types in the game – Quick Play, Grand Team Fight, and Ranked Arena – have a playlist of modes that are randomly selected during matchmaking. However, you cannot choose to only play a specific mode like you did in previous Halo games. That means Slayer fans will have to put up with playing goal-based modes like Capture the Flag, Oddball, and Strongholds.
Also, you cannot create a custom Slayer game that random players can join, these are currently only available by invitation. Right now, you have to keep your fingers crossed for a good game mode every time you queue up for Halo, which is a disappointment as someone who’d rather sit back with Deathmatch than worry about flags.
Some have speculated that 343 limited Halo Infinite to a single mixed playlist to force players to try each mode (it’s a beta, after all). It is possible that when Halo fully launches its campaign on December 8th, we will also get a more traditional mode selection option. At the moment, Infinite’s matchmaking is similar to Overwatch, with its randomly selected maps and modes. But while Overwatch players are used to not having a say in which mode they play in, Halo fans are definitely not.
“I honestly feel like the lack of it [an] Option to choose between Slayer and Objective is unacceptable “, Reddit user likely_is_fhqwgads wrote in a thread about beta. Lots of people on the Halo subreddit and on social media dissatisfied with the number of goal-based modes in the playlist, with a lack of understanding of how they work which is why they’re not that funny.
“This is my number 1 problem at the moment” Reddit user xRaen added. “Anything else is forgivable, but I’m not having fun with CTF. I just want to take pictures of guys.”
The lack of slayer-only games is a minor complaint in my eyes as we were greeted this morning with the surprising early launch of Halo Infinite Multiplayer. The first season of the free-to-play game is now available with 10 maps, a Battle Pass and a whole range of unlockable armor pieces and paintwork for your Spartan. Obviously, the lack of mode selection doesn’t stop the 200,000+ people who play it on Steam and the 100,000 people who watch it on Twitch.
Our own Natalie Clayton called multiplayer “a satisfactory arena shooter” that “has the potential to be the best Halo since 3” when we played the tech test a few months ago.
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