Halo Infinite multiplayer livestream highlights new features

By Tom West,
343 Industries shared more information about Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer mode during a livestream on the game’s YouTube channel, covering the new multiplayer sandbox features and the Academy training area.

The Halo Infinite multiplayer mode was premiered during the Xbox & Bethesda showcase on Sunday, but 343 Industries must have thought we could do with a little more information and threw us a short Multiplayer Overview livestream. There was definitely plenty to learn about during the 12-minute stream — the video above — which was very centred on the multiplayer sandbox content the series is known for. Both equipment and items can be scavenged in-game, and you’ll need to decide what to use and when to use it. Of course, if you don’t use it, then you’ll lose it — yeah, it’s a cruel world. You’ll need to decide whether picking up a grappling hook to swing up to a sniper is better than grabbing that Power Weapon and slamming the closest player. Speaking of Power Weapons, the new Razorback (related to the Warthog) has a handy mount on its rear so you can carry large items and turrets with you, even when going for a cruise. This does raise the question of map size and whether we could be in for larger maps where vehicular combat plays a bigger role.

halo infinite multiplayer overview livestream highlights new features

You can expect to see Pelicans flying in with vehicle drops, and supply pods falling out of the sky during multiplayer matches as a new vehicle feature, instead of them just spawning at the bases. Your commander will let you know when and where the supplies will be dropped, so you don’t need to worry about missing it. You’ll also be able to customise your personal AI to suit how you want to play. This voice will be your guiding light, giving you moment to moment updates about what’s going on and what you need to do.

halo infinite multiplayer overview livestream highlights new features

Customisation is going to play a very large part in Halo Infinite, giving you the ability to customise everything from armour effects to individual armour pieces. In fact, 343i says that there will be “millions” of customisation variations when the game launches, even branching into weapon and vehicle customisations. You’ll be able to make edits to your character either in-game or through the Halo Waypoint website or app, and unlock new customisations through the seasonal Battle Pass system.

halo infinite multiplayer overview livestream highlights new features

If you need somewhere safe to stick on your new threads, then Halo Infinite has got you covered with the Academy: an area within the multiplayer experience where you can train against bots, warm up before that big match, or explore the lore and terminology used within the game to better understand what’s going on. This will be a great destination for new players to learn the ropes before being thrust into a lobby of seasoned Spartan slayers.

What do you make of these new features and will you be jumping in to play when Halo Infinite releases later this year? Let us know!
Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with systems like the Nintendo 64 and Playstation until he eventually fell in love with the Xbox 360. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not achievement hunting, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online.