Xbox’s flagship game, Halo Infinite was due to release last year as an Xbox Series S|X launch title but was delayed after numerous criticisms related to the game’s visuals. Halo Infinite’s December 8, 2021 release date was finally confirmed during this year’s Gamescom showcase, while the campaign and (supposedly) multiplayer are said to release this December, the game will be missing two fan-favorite features, namely Campaign Co-op, and Forge which will be added later through updates.
We’ve known that Halo Infinite will act as a hub and will feature multiple campaigns down the line and its multiplayer will be free-to-play. Players who tested the game’s multiplayer flight were pleasantly surprised and had an overall positive impression which indicates that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer aspect is more or less completed, minus a few finishing touches.
According to multiple leakers, Microsoft is planning a surprise release for the game’s multiplayer component on Monday, which coincides with the 20th anniversary of Xbox and Halo: Combat Evolved.
This claim is further supported by the fact that data miners have found various references to an “Early Access Digital Bundle” listing on Microsoft Store’s database which is scheduled to release on November 15, 2021, and according to HaloHub.gg, the game’s multiplayer servers are already up and running.
Not to mention the fact that Halo Infinite’s Steam package was modified not too long ago, according to SteamDB. Even Pringle’s Halo Double XP Promo website had a countdown to November 15 which was soon taken down once fans started sharing the timer.
Microsoft and 343i haven’t denied anything yet or addressed the leaks so far, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that the rumors are true. We’ll most likely find out on Monday during the Xbox 20th anniversary stream at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.