Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer mode was released early. Currently available on PC, Xbox Series X / S, and Xbox One.

As part of Xbox’s 20th Anniversary stream celebrating the release of the original Xbox, Microsoft has confirmed a surprise release of a completely free-to-play multiplayer component. Surprise announcements are a great way to celebrate an anniversary, not to mention one of the company’s longest-running franchises. Especially considering that Halo: Combat Evolved was the original Xbox launch game.

Xbox 20th Anniversary Halo Infinite Multiplayer Image

This mode was originally planned to be released on December 8th along with the game’s campaign mode. Unlike previous Halo games, multiplayer mode and campaign mode are two separate releases, the former being free to play and the latter selling for $ 60.

After fans confirmed the release date on November 15, rumors about the early release of the mode began to spread a few days ago. Source code for the game store page..

The game has also appeared on the Xbox One, but Halo Infinite has been a long-awaited first-party release for Microsoft since the Xbox Series X / S was released last year. Halo Infinite was originally planned to be released as a launch title alongside the Series X and S game consoles before Microsoft postponed the game to 2021 due to “COVID-related impacts.”

In the months leading up to its release, 343 Industries has conducted a series of tech preview tests on PCs and consoles to give players a glimpse of what Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode can expect.

If you want to know more about Halo Infinite, IGN has exclusive coverage of the games running this month. This includes the actual impression of the campaign after playing for the first 4 hours. In addition, earlier this month, we announced that a new multiplayer map called “Streets” will be available in the game.

Taylor is IGN’s Associate Tech Editor. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster..