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Halo Infinite Beta Test: Developer Is "Actively Drafting Plans" For 2021, Report Says

Be sure to sign up for the Halo Insider program so you can have a chance at playing the next-gen Halo early.


It appears Microsoft will make good on its promise to let people beta test Halo Infinite before the game releases publicly. Windows Central reports that developer 343 Industries is "actively drafting plans" for multiple beta tests for Halo Infinite to come later in 2021.

Microsoft refers to these testing periods as "flights," and they have been and continue to be used by the studio for new Halo: The Master Chief Collection updates.

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According to the report, the beta tests for Halo Infinite will begin small and grow in size over time. As was the case with the Halo: MCC flights, the feedback from the beta tests will help inform key decisions about Halo Infinite as 343 prepares to release the game publicly.

343 will select beta testers from the Halo Insider program, so be sure to sign up for it if you want to have a chance to play Halo Infinite early.

This reporting from Windows Central appears to signal a change of plans from 343 Industries. In July 2020, the studio said it was scaling back its beta-testing plans for Halo Infinite and the team could no longer commit to releasing any public beta tests for the game. Those plans have now seemingly changed, which is good news for fans who want to try Halo Infinite a little early.

Back at E3 2018, Microsoft announced an ambitious beta-testing program for Halo Infinite that would see 343 invite people to test the game ahead of launch and give feedback to the studio. Those plans got uprooted due in part to COVID-19, which impacted the development of Halo Infinite and led to the game getting delayed to fall 2021.

When Halo Infinite is finally released, it will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, and Game Pass subscribers can get the game for no extra charge. 2021 is a big year in general for Halo and Xbox, as the game and the platform celebrate their 20th anniversaries.

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