343 Industries has confirmed select players will be able to get their first taste of Halo Infinite‘s multiplayer in a technical preview taking place this weekend.
The preview was first detailed over the weekend in the latest Halo Insider post. In it, the studio spoke of its need to “robustly test our game and core services at a large scale” and to allow players to provide feedback on the game ahead of launch. To that end, the company will be letting a lucky few into a playable test build of the game—a couple of months behind where the main build is—for players to give feedback.
The main focus of the first technical preview will concentrate on bots and the new Academy experience which hopes to onboard new players. Namely, 343 are looking for feedback on Arena gameplay vs Bots, Arena Maps, Academy’s Weapon Drills, Menu and Battle Pass UI and new Waypoint experiences on web, iOS and Android. To that end, those selected will get to play Bot Slayer mode on three maps – Bazaar, Recharge and Live Fire.
At the time the blog was published, 343 weren’t certain exactly when the technical preview would start. However emails sent to Halo Insiders have now confirmed that the first test will take place between Thursday, July 29 through until Sunday August 1.
343 Industries has said it will be showcasing the contents of the first Halo Infinite technical preview in a stream to take place at 10pm UK time on the official Halo YouTube and Twitch accounts, as well as providing full instructions on how to get in. However, the studio has confirmed that you will need to sign up as a Halo Insider over on the Halo Waypoint website to be considered.
Halo Infinite is currently scheduled to launch ‘Holiday 2021’ on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC. The game’s multiplayer will also be a free-to-play affair.
Tomorrow, we’re going live with the first look at #HaloInfinite’s upcoming technical preview! Hear directly from the team about what’s in store, and how you’ll get in if you’re selected.
— Halo (@Halo) July 27, 2021