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Halo Infinite release date, gameplay trailer, multiplayer beta and latest news

Halo Infinite Master Chief and Cortana
(Image credit: 343i)

Halo Infinite finally has a release date, and it's set for December 8. Revealed in a pre-rendered trailer for the game's multiplayer, the release date means we'll get a major Xbox and PC exclusive just over a year since the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were released. 

And to go alongside the game's launch and Halo's 20th anniversary, Microsoft revealed the Halo Infinite Xbox Series X limited edition console, complete with a custom finish and sounds. It's likely to sell very fast, even though it's not out until November 15, so here's where to buy Xbox Series X Halo Infinite Limited Edition

With all that in mind, here’s everything we know so far about Halo Infinite, including its release date, trailer and what we expect from Master Chief’s big return.

Halo Infinite latest news (updated October 26)

Halo Infinite release date 

After being delayed from a release last year, Halo Infinite will finally launch December 8 on Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Series S and PC. We've not seen much fresh footage of the campaign mode, but expect to see more as the game gets closer to its release. 

We have, however, seen Halo Infinite in action. We went hands-on with the first multiplayer technical preview and loved it. 

Yet, when Halo Infinite finally arrives it won't have a co-op campaign. That'll be disappointing for some, as play a Halo game with a pal is one of the best experiences in first-person shooters around.  

Halo Infinite latest trailer

Halo Infinite gameplay and multiplayer 

Halo Infinite looks set to return to the large open areas seen in the first Halo as well as Halo 3 and Halo Reach, only it'll be more expansive thanks to an open-world element. 

From the trailers so far, we see Master Chief taking on classic enemies like Grunts, Elites and Brutes. But Forerunner enemies have been teased as well as faster alien creatures to get in Spartan 117's way. 

Halo Infinite gameplay screenshot

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A suite of new and classic weapons will be available, from the iconic assault rifle to new energy based weapons. Deplorable shields, a suite of vehicles and upgrades like cloaking will be be available allowing players to tackle enemy installation in a variety of ways. 

One of the standout features appears to be a grappling hook that'll not only afford the Master Chief a larger degree of mobility but also allow him to pull objects and enemies toward him. Expect this to deliver some frenetic and amusing action. 

a screenshot of Halo Infinite in action

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That actions is set to carry over into the multiplayer, which looks to be rooted in the vein of classic Halo 3 action. 

There have been a couple of multiplayer test previews (aka betas) for Halo Infinite, We got to try the first one and we were suitably impressed

Halo Infinite Xbox Series X and PC requirements 

Halo Infinite gameplay screenshot

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Halo Infinite will arrive day one one Xbox Game Pass and will be playable on PC, Xbox Series X and Xbox One. 

Going by a trailer from 343i, the PC might be one of the batter places to play the game, with a suite of options to tweak Halo Infinite to suite a player's preferences. 

But the Xbox Series X is also set to support 4K resolution as well as 60 frames per second; don't be surprised if there are some other enhanced graphics features.

Minimum PC requirements are: 

Recommended specs are: 

Halo Infinite story 

Halo Infinite Master Chief

(Image credit: 343i)

Halo Infinite is set to carry on after the events of Halo 5: Guardians, so spoilers to follow. 

That means Master Chief will be in a galaxy where AI Cortana has control over the enigmatic Guardians an aims to keep the galaxy safe under an heavy fist of super weapon power. 

However, the trailers thus far have shown Master Chief stranded on the Zeta Halo installation and doing battle with the Banished, a group of ex-Covenant soldiers, seemingly on the quest for various Forerunner artifacts and tech. It looks like Spartan 117 will not only look to thwart the Banished, as well as tackle Forerunner enemies, but also rescue UNSC marines stranded on Zeta Halo.   

Halo Infinite outlook

The first look at Halo Infinite gameplay left us less than impressed, but then 343i took the decision to delay the game by more than a year to polish it. And that looks to have been a smart move. 

From the trailers so far and the multiplayer beta, Halo Infinite looks like both a return to the classic Halo action that won the series legions of fans, yet also a modernization of the open-area action formula. It's looking rather promising. 

And with new hardware to rap into, Halo Infinite could be the Halo game we've been waiting for after several years and two less than captivating Halo games. Roll on December. 

Roland Moore-Colyer

Roland Moore-Colyer is U.K. Editor at Tom’s Guide with a focus on news, features and opinion articles. He often writes about gaming, phones, laptops and other bits of hardware; he’s also got an interest in cars. When not at his desk Roland can be found wandering around London, often with a look of curiosity on his face.