Updated, 5:02 PM ET: As our story came out live this morning, Microsoft confirmed the leak below as authentic. Halo Infinity will indeed include the console’s first free-to-play multiplayer content when it launches later this year. Microsoft has provided a link to its message in response to our questions. The company has not yet clarified whether related rumors about the Xbox Live Gold service are affected.
Halo Infinity may offer free access to its multiplayer modes if any already removed text from an online store listed outside the UK is believed.
The Xbox Series X pre-registration page at the British retailer Smyths Toys includes a section on Halo Infinity that, earlier this morning, the said game would include an “innovative experience for free multiplayer games” as well as a “up to 120 frames per second” frame rate. This section has been removed from the current version of the page in recent hours, but can still be seen in Google’s latest cache (and this photo in the online archive).
Wireless multiplayer mode would be a big departure for halo games (and for all Xbox titles) that require a paid Xbox Live subscription to play online from the days of the original Xbox. The wording may also suggest that the multiplayer section may be a completely separate application for free games, similar to the recent Activision Call of Duty: Warzone,,
While a single retail shortlist is far from a confirmation (and Microsoft has not yet responded to our request for comment), the list comes weeks after Windows Central offered a similar option for free games for multiplayer game modes based on “unconfirmed rumors. that sources close to Windows Central have been revealed. “Developer 343 Industries also recently described Halo Infinity as a “start to our platform for the future” and not as a sequel to “those numbered titles and having all this segmentation we had before”, probably suggests a readiness to shake the status quo for the series’ multiplayer mode.
Separate from halo, Microsoft recently removed the one-year Xbox Live subscription option from its online store, leaving a three-month subscription as the maximum purchase period (although one-year subscription cards are still available from other retailers). Microsoft is also urging Xbox Live Gold subscribers to convert their remaining subscriptions into a Game Pass Ultimate subscription with cheap offers in recent months.
Some observers speculate that these steps suggest that Microsoft may soon get rid of Xbox Live Gold entirely to focus on Game Pass (and its library of hundreds of downloadable and upcoming games) as its primary gaming subscription service. . If that happens, online multiplayer could finally become a free option for Xbox players, as it was, of course, for PC gamers.
While Microsoft recently showed eight minutes Halo Infinity Developer 343 Industries said more information on multiplayer modes will come later in the year. If the online game modes are really free to play, this is likely when we will receive official confirmation. Meanwhile, 343 has denied that slowing down pre-release shots means that multiplayer modes will be slowed down after the launch of the Xbox Series X later this year.