While there is plenty of mystery at this stage surrounding Halo Infinite, some details regarding the multiplayer feature have been unveiled.
Arguably, Halo has been the series that was the catalyst for Xbox’s initial success in the early years, with Microsoft and 343 Studios making five games to date with Infinite being the sixth game in the franchise, with a number of spin-off games in between.
That being said, 343 are not resting on their laurels as they look to make their debut on the next-gen console Xbox Series X/S and will remain as an exclusive title for this machine, with PlayStation gamers sadly missing out.
The story essentially picks up from where Halo 5: Guardians ended, with the main protagonist Master Chief returning to the front line once more.
Halo Infinite’s release date has been postponed on a number of occasions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and producers of the game having to work from home. This effectively ruled out the chance of a test beta being released, despite developers promising during E3 2018 that a public beta would be available to gamers.
As a result, the release date has been pushed back to the end of 2021, with an official date yet to be confirmed by the game’s developers.
That being said, details have been revealed regarding the multiplayer aspect of the game which has played a part as to why the game is as successful as it has been over the years.
New Multiplayer Details
The information regarding multiplayer is incredibly technical and is regarding competitive playlists within Halo Infinite.
As far as input matchmaking is concerned, keyboard and mouse players will be unable to match and play with those using a controller. So essentially PC players who want to play with their friends on Xbox will be required to use a controller or they will need to change their inputs entirely.
Mike Romero, one of Halo Infinite’s developers, insists that this will not apply to custom matches of social playlists.
Speaking to Halo WayPoint, he said: "Social playlists and custom matches are open to all, you can play on any platform and any device with anyone you like.
"For ranked matches, we plan to restrict competitive playlists based on the input type, not console versus PC.
“That's because we believe the input is the biggest differentiator in gameplay ability (with things like aim assist on the controller or the precision of sniping with a mouse).
“You can play with a controller on your PC to play ranked with your console friends, or even mouse and keyboard on your console to play ranked with your PC friends."
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