18 Nov 2021 11:50 AM +00:00 UTC

Halo Infinite Patch Notes - What's New In Halo Infinite?

Halo Infinite was given a surprise multiplayer beta release in November, and with it came a whole load of information and gameplay, as well as mountains of the gaming community flocking to the free-to-play multiplayer.

Here are the patch notes for Halo Infinite, including what's changed and what we expect to change in the future.

November 18 2021

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The Battle Pass progression issue is being fixed! Thanks to a Twitter thread by John Junyszek, 343's Community Manager for Halo Infinite, we now have faster progression to look forward to. You can see our full report for more details, but basically, bugs with Weekly Challenges have been fixed, double XP tokens will have their time upped to an hour, and single-match challenges will be present to increase the feeling of ranking up.

It's a really nice change to see, and one we hope is indicative of things to come with the responsiveness of 343 and the Halo Infinite team.

November 15 2021

For the Halo Infinite beta launch prior to the full release date on December 8, we'll be seeing tweaks and improvements throughout the pre-launch period.

The playlists for multiplayer were announced. They're pretty simple but should offer a focused experience for Halo Infinite players:

Big Team Battle

Featuring 12v12 combat on large maps with a wide array of vehicles, Halo Infinite brings the beloved Big Team Battle experience to new heights.

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• Capture the Flag on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock

• Slayer on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock

• Total Control on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock

• Stockpile on Fragmentation, Highpower, Deadlock


Quick Play

Enter the Arena with an MA40 AR & Mk50 Sidekick and play 4v4 matches for fun.

• Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth

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• One Flag CTF on Launch Site

• Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

• Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth, Launch Site, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

• Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

Bot Bootcamp

Hone your skills and practice new strategies in 4v4 matches that pit players against Bots.

• Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth

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• Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

• Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

• Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

Ranked Arena

Start with a BR75 (Battle Rifle), Combat Sensor disabled, friendly fire on, grenade hitmarkers disabled, and static item spawns in these competitive 4v4 settings.

• Capture The Flag on Aquarius, Bazaar, Behemoth

• Oddball on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

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• Slayer on Aquarius, Bazaar, Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

• Strongholds on Live Fire, Recharge, Streets

Season 1

Season 1 of Halo Infinite is now officially open too. This means we have a constantly-levelling Battle Pass system, along with the Halo Infinite item shop with cosmetics purchasable with credits.

We'll also get a 6-month Season 1, so hopefully, all the issues can be ironed out and Season 2 will be a real treat when it does eventually arrive in March 2022.

A letter from Joseph Staten

Halo Infinite's Head of Creative Joseph Staten offered a letter to the game's player base, offering an update on the game's development and what changes to expect since the technical preview flights. Here's what he had to say:

On behalf of the entire Halo Infinite team, and in celebration of Halo’s 20th anniversary, I am very happy to announce that your Spartan journey begins… today! Sincerest thanks to the entire Halo community for your support, passion, and feedback. This day belongs to all of you. Whether you’ve been part of the community from the beginning or are joining with us today, welcome! Please read on or jump directly to the Halo Infinite multiplayer beta download links HERE.
Why is this release a beta? Our previous Multiplayer Technical Previews went a long way to battle-testing our services and infrastructure. But as we prepare for a significant increase in the number of players jumping into Halo Infinite on launch day, December 8th, we want to ensure all our systems are good-to-go. While you may experience some bumps and bugs during this beta period, it does mark the official start of Halo Infinite Season 1, with all day-one maps and modes enabled as well as the full Season 1 Battle Pass. This means all the Battle Pass and customization items you earn or purchase during the beta will stay with you after December 8th.
When you start playing the beta, you will notice in the Battle Pass UI that Season 1 will last from now until May 2022, which is a change from our original goal of shipping a new Season every three months. We made the decision to extend Season 1 to give ourselves more time to ensure Season 2 meets our high quality bar and so we can finish development for Season 2 in a healthy and sustainable way for our team.
Importantly, with the Season 1 extension, we aren’t just stretching-out our original Season 1 plan. Indeed, we took this opportunity to add additional events, customization items and other content to Season 1 to make it an even richer experience from start to finish. For example, starting today and through the first week, you can log-in to Halo Infinite to unlock a free collection of 20th anniversary themed cosmetics. Following this free reward period, the start of our Season 1 opening event, “Fracture: Tenrai”, will kick off on November 23. This will be your first of multiple opportunities to earn Season 1’s samurai-themed armor pieces and other customization items.
In January, after all of you have had a chance to play Halo Infinite’s expansive and adventure-filled campaign starting December 8th, and all of us on the Halo Infinite team have had an opportunity to recharge our energy shields over the holidays, we will have more details to share about the Season 1 event calendar as well as our Season 2, campaign co-op, and Forge release plans.
Again, sincere thanks to all of you in the Halo community for joining with us to celebrate this 20th anniversary milestone. We are incredibly excited to have reached this first step on our Halo Infinite adventure, and we can’t wait to share more about where your Spartan journey goes from here.

That's all for the current Halo Infinite patch notes! For more information on the Halo Infinite release, why not have a look at all the Halo Infinite weapons, or countdown to the game's full release in December?