28 Jul 2021 10:33 PM +00:00

Everything Shown Off in the Halo Infinite Alpha Livestream

During the Halo Infinite technical alpha livestream, 343 Industries gave a brief rundown of the game’s settings, the battle pass, and the Halo Infinite Academy designed to help newcomers and returning players warm up.

One of the most-often requested features is the friend and foe customization, where 343 lets you keep your Spartan’s look during multiplayer matches. A red or blue aura surrounds players depending on their team, so armor, colors, and weapon skins can stay exactly how you want them.

Read more: Everything we know about Halo Infinite so far

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Halo Infinite also features a detailed FOV slider on PC and console, and 343 added triple keybinds, another oft-requested feature.

Halo Infinite lets you earn Mark points and even medals if you mark enemies that end up getting killed during the match, and you can toggle Mark settings in the menu. Speed Lines are optional in Halo Infinite in case you need to turn them off during sprinting, and you can even alter the weapon UI’s height and position.

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Everything Shown Off in the Halo Infinite Alpha Livestream

You’ll need to update your AMD drivers if you want the best performance, and it’s worth noting that, during the alpha, the microphone settings are fully open by default.

343 didn’t go into too much detail about the Halo Infinite Battle Pass, but they did highlight how the system works. As mentioned in previous updates, Halo Infinite’s Battle Pass is long-term. It doesn’t expire after 30 days, so you can track and complete challenges at your leisure.

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During the alpha, 343 gives you currency to spend on Battle Pass items, but you’ll have to earn or buy it yourself once the game launches. No alpha Battle Pass progress carries over into the full launch.

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There’s a weapons bench and detailed customization menus for your Spartan and vehicles, and the bench remembers your most recent loadout so you can drop in without having to customize.

Another highlight is Halo Infinite’s Academy. This is both a tutorial for new players and a warm-up option for returning Spartans, one that gives you detailed training in weapons, matches, and more.

Read more: Get a first look at Halo Infinite on Xbox One

Weapon drills teach you how to use each gun before you head into a match. These are the drills featuring in the first alpha.

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  • BR75
  • MK50 Sidekick
  • CQS48 Bulldog
  • Needler
  • VK78 Commando
  • S7 Sniper
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Pulse Carbine
  • Ravager
  • Heatwave
  • Skewer
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If you’re not comfortable jumping in with other people, though, you can face off against Halo Infinite’s advanced bots.

These bots emulate player behavior and can even teach players how to pull off certain moves or use the environment to their advantage.

Finally is a mode where you can partner with human players and fight bot teams, a mode designed to help teach players how to work with each other.

343 plans on holding future technical alphas between now and launch.

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