Halo Infinite MultiplayerSource: Xbox Game Studios

Halo Infinite is set to launch at some point in Holiday 2021 and the developers at 343 Industries are conducting extensive testing to make sure the game lands as smoothly as possible. As such, the Halo Infinite beta signups are taking the form of a series of Technical Previews. Players who sign up for the Halo Insider program can be invited and take part in various "Flights."

While not everything will be available to test from the very beginning, we do know what maps and modes players will get to try out starting with the very first flight. Here's a list of all maps and modes in the upcoming multiplayer test.

List of all maps in Halo Infinite multiplayer test

For the first technical preview originally running July 29 through August 1, which was then extended through August 2 players will get to test three maps: Bazaar, Live Fire and Recharge.

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Bazaar

Halo Infinite Bazaar MapSource: Xbox Game Studios

The East African Protectorate's plan to rebuild the glassed urban core of Mombasa was ambitious and expensive, but Project Rebirth investment by the UEG and UNSC activity at the nearby Voi Excession has revitalized some sections of the metropolis.

Live Fire

Halo Infinite Live Fire MapSource: Xbox Game Studios

Instructors at the Avery J. Johnson Academy of Military Science ensure their Spartans are prepared for any challenge that a hostile galaxy throws at them.

Recharge

Halo Infinite Recharge MapSource: Xbox Game Studios

Resource infrastructure facilities such as those run by Axys' hydroelectric division help maintain stable energy grids for colony worlds throughout the UEG.

List of all modes in Halo Infinite multiplayer test

  • Arena Slayer vs. Bots
  • Academy Weapon Drills

Halo Infinite's multiplayer is composed (broadly) of two parts: Arena and Big Team Battle. Arena is the classic, 4 vs. 4 squad action on smaller-scale maps, while Big Team Battle is the massive, 12 vs. 12 engagements with vehicles on larger maps.

Halo Infinite is also introducing Bots for the first time in Halo Multiplayer, which is why this first technical preview is focused on testing Bot gameplay. Bots come in four difficulties: Recruit, Marine, ODST and Spartan. The higher the difficulty, the more skill the Bots will demonstrate, using the map more efficiently and rushing to grab equipment and power weapons. Bots do not receive any damage, health or speed buffs however.

Weapon Drills are also new to Halo Infinite as part of the Academy training mode. A Weapon Drill gives players a firing range with bots, so they can test out exactly how a weapon functions and feels. The following Weapon Drills will be available in the July 29 - August 1 technical preview.

  • MA40 AR
  • BR75
  • MK50 Sidekick
  • CQS48 Bulldog
  • Needler
  • VK78 Commando
  • S7 Sniper
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Pulse Carbine
  • Ravager
  • Heatwave
  • Skewer

Finally, while not a true "gameplay" mode, players will also get to test a sample of the Battle Pass system, though it's important to note that it won't necessarily be representative of the same order of items unlocked when the game actually launches later in 2021.

This includes getting some Armor Coatings to try out the customization options. Anything unlocked will not carry over to the full game though, so don't get too attached.

Plenty of time left

If you haven't been selected yet to take part in the technical preview, don't despair. There are many more flights coming and 343 Industries will be opening up the availability to more and more registered players as time goes on. A wide ranger of tests is necessary to ensure that this could end up being one of the best Xbox games available.

Halo Infinite is currently scheduled to arrive at some point in Holiday 2021 and will be available on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One, Xbox Cloud Gaming and PC.

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Halo Infinite is the biggest Xbox game of the year by far, and based on what we saw at E3 2021, it looks like it's going to be fantastic.

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