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Halo Infinite is shaking up its battle pass and fans aren’t happy

Halo Infinite is shaking up its battle pass and fans aren’t happy

We already know that Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play when the game arrives this December. Just like Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries will offer seasonal battle passes to Halo Infinite players, allowing them to level each one up and unlock new cosmetic items each season. However, today we're learning that Halo Infinite will handle battle pass progression differently than Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

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Halo Infinite custom Xbox Series X and controller revealed

Halo Infinite custom Xbox Series X and controller revealed

Microsoft today dropped a bomb at Gamescom 2021's Opening Night Live event by announcing Halo Infinite's release date, but as it turns out, that wasn't the only major announcement the company had up its sleeve. Microsoft also confirmed that the Xbox Series X will be getting a limited edition makeover to celebrate Halo's 20th anniversary. For those who don't want to spend quite so much but still want to commemorate the occasion, there will also be a limited edition Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller.

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Halo Infinite release date set for December

Halo Infinite release date set for December

Just as the leaks suggested earlier today, Halo Infinite's release date was announced during Gamescom 2021's Opening Night Live event. Earlier this month, 343 Industries committed to Halo Infinite's holiday 2021 release window, and it looks like they'll stick to that promise, as Halo Infinite will be here before we enter the new year.

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Halo Infinite will be missing two big features at launch

Halo Infinite will be missing two big features at launch

Halo Infinite is undoubtedly one of the biggest - if not the biggest - Xbox games of the year, but thus far, it's had a fairly troubled development. Originally slated to be a launch title for the Xbox Series X last year, Microsoft and 343 Industries ultimately delayed the game into 2021, and now Halo Infinite is expected out during the holiday season. Now, 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo Infinite will be launching without two big features that have been important parts of the franchise for years.

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Amazon Halo can now share real-time heart rate data with third-party products

Amazon Halo can now share real-time heart rate data with third-party products

Amazon has pushed out an update for its Halo fitness product, adding the ability to track your real-time heart rate data in third-party apps and devices. The new capability comes in the form of a Bluetooth Low Energy setting, according to Amazon, which offers its Halo system in two forms: a fitness wearable and a mobile app 'hub.'

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Master Chief navigates your Waze trips in bizarre Halo Infinite crossover

Master Chief navigates your Waze trips in bizarre Halo Infinite crossover

Halo Infinite is almost certainly the most anticipated Xbox game on the horizon, so obviously, Microsoft is going to be putting together some cross-promotion deals. Of course, this is nothing new for major video games, but today, we got word of one of the strangest crossover promotions we've heard yet. Halo characters and vehicles are coming to the navigation app Waze, and trust us, it's a weird one for sure.

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Halo Infinite first multiplayer beta begins this weekend: Here’s when we’ll learn more

Halo Infinite first multiplayer beta begins this weekend: Here’s when we’ll learn more

Just a few days ago, 343 Industries suggested that the first Halo Infinite multiplayer beta - which 343 refers to as a "technical alpha" - was coming up quickly. As it turns out, 343's suggestion was right, and that first technical preview is happening this weekend. Emails have already been going out to Halo Insiders who have been selected to participate, so check your inbox to see if you've been selected (if you haven't already).

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With this Halo Infinite first beta test news, I’m finally getting excited

With this Halo Infinite first beta test news, I’m finally getting excited

Halo Infinite is unquestionably the biggest Xbox Series X title on the horizon, but before it launches later this year, the folks at 343 Industries want to put it through its paces. The company plans to test the game ahead of launch, with the first of these tests coming up quickly. 343 Industries is calling this upcoming test a "technical preview," and it could happen as soon as this weekend.

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Halo Infinite gives us a longer look at multiplayer

Halo Infinite gives us a longer look at multiplayer

Those of us who were hoping to see more from Halo Infinite during the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase yesterday weren't disappointed, as Microsoft showed off multiplayer gameplay footage for the first time. It looks like the multiplayer reveals aren't over yet, as today, Microsoft and 343 Industries published a longer multiplayer overview for Halo Infinite. If yesterday's reveal left you ready for more multiplayer details, then this is where you'll find them.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer gets an official reveal

Halo Infinite multiplayer gets an official reveal

We were expecting Halo Infinite to be on display during Microsoft's E3 2021 reveal event, and its time in the spotlight came right in the middle of the show. Microsoft showed off some new cinematic footage from Halo Infinite's campaign, but that definitely wasn't the big Halo Infinite reveal it had lined up for the event. That's because what followed was the official reveal of Halo Infinite's multiplayer.

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Microsoft reveals first Xbox and Halo 20th anniversary goodies

Microsoft reveals first Xbox and Halo 20th anniversary goodies

Later this year, the Xbox brand is turning 20 years old. The original Xbox was released on November 15th, 2001, which means that Microsoft has been in the console business for two decades at this point. That date also marks the 20th anniversary of the Halo franchise - one of Microsoft's biggest first-party franchises this side of Minecraft - so all in all, 2021 is a big year for the company's gaming arm. Today, Microsoft revealed what it's doing for the 20th anniversary of the Xbox and Halo brands, and those plans at least in part include launching new gear.

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Halo Infinite PC and Xbox crossplay and cross-progression detailed

Halo Infinite PC and Xbox crossplay and cross-progression detailed

As part of a long blog post today, Microsoft announced that its upcoming Halo Infinite game will support both cross-platform gameplay and progression, at least between the Xbox consoles and PC. The team behind the game talked about some of the work that went into making these two features possible, as well as a number of other topics.

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