Halo Infinite’s second round of technical previews kicks off this weekend on Xbox consoles and PC. Those who sign up for the Halo Insider Program need to check their email or account to see if they are attending. If so, get ready for not one but two full weekends of an expanded multiplayer suite compared to the previous test.
Community Director Brian Jarrard hosted the stream showing the gameplay from the multiplayer preview. Jarrard began with some “breaking news” that there might be a time lag in the test plan due to a problem with the flight setup. The test is scheduled to start tomorrow, but there is a good chance there will be a brief delay. Jarrard also revealed that the Big Team Battle portion of the test would be part of the second weekend of testing. Those who did not take the test should look for more ways to access the test over the next week. 343 is currently looking for ways to expand the funnel to allow select Xbox insiders and friends of Steam users to have the fun.
Everything from the previous test will be accessible in the new flight, including bot matches, the battle pass, and weapon practice. The Recharge, Free Fire and Bazaar maps will also return. Bots will no longer have daily difficulty increases, but a mix of AI levels within a bot team.
Those looking for something more significant than a four-on-four skirmish will be pleased to see the arrival of Big Team Battle, which allows for massive 12 versus 12 matches, with Capture the Flag available in this mode. BTB also comes with the latest card fragmentation. This Big Team Battle map is set in a conifer-like canyon that gives Halo 3 Valhalla vibes. Many hexagonal towers and Forerunner structures protrude from the ground around the area. Loot Caves are a new sub-objective on the larger maps that allow your AI companion to hack into a locked vault and take advantage of any weapons and other goodies you can find inside. Another new map with two Forerunner bases in a desert location called Behemoth brings vehicle gameplay to 4v4 Halo battles.
Academy expands with this new test. There will be some new ways to integrate players into Halo Multiplayer. A tutorial mission and training mode, an unlimited bot match with additional tutorial options on top, provide newbies with a safe place to learn the ropes of Halo. Weapon exercises are also part of the academy. They will have all of the projectile weapons to try out, along with updated bot movements and AI for a more sophisticated shooting range experience.
Testing for the second Halo Infinite Technical Preview is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Thursday, September 23rd through Monday morning, September 26th, although that time may change as noted above. The second weekend with the arrival of Big Team Battle is set to go live from Thursday September 30th to Monday October 4th. Halo Infinite’s full launch is on December 8th on Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, and PC. Good luck out there, Spartans.
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