343 Industries has announced the first details of Halo Infinite’s upcoming technical test. This week was exciting. This will be the beginning of a process that eventually leads to larger and more extensive Halo Infinite testing flights, and possibly an open beta before the game launches later in the year. 343 has now published its Inside Infinite blog, which contains exciting details about the planned Halo Infinite technical preview.
The most important thing about the Inside Infinite blog regarding the technical preview is that it will be centered on bots. The Halo Infinite technical preview invitees will test several key areas. Arena gameplay vs. Bots will be the main focus, with the Bot Arena playlist offering 4 players against 4 bots on Halo Infinite’s Arena maps. This Bot Slayer playlist will use three maps specifically: Recharge, Bazaar and Live Fire.
343 says that Insiders will have the opportunity to learn about Halo Infinite’s gameplay through Bot gameplay. However, 343 states that the Bots are unique and should be interesting to play with. This is why they need to be tested. 343 intends to keep things interesting from day to day with daily content plans, which will change throughout the testing. For now, 343 will only say that it will “start off slow”, but later on it plans to “crank it up” to offer some variety and challenge. The test’s start date has not been announced.
However, 5v5 Bot Slayer will not be the only resource Halo Infinite Insiders have access to. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Halo Infinite Academy Weapon Drills. These Weapon Drills will include 12 weapons, including the BR 75 and S7 Sniper as well as CQS48 Bulldog and Ravager. Each Weapon Drill features four levels of difficulty with moving Bots and a star rating system that is based on the amount of damage done. It is obvious that players will be able prove their worth on the technical preview’s leaderboards.
Further testing of Halo Infinite’s menus, battle pass system and battle pass system will take place. This will be available to all players. Insiders invited for the Technical Preview will receive in-game credits (dubbed cR), which can be used to purchase customizations and battle passes in the Halo Infinite Shop. The purpose of the Technical Preview is to not only test these systems but also have some fun.
343 wants to be clear that this is a testing phase. 343 feels that the game is not yet an alpha but it doesn’t feel as polished as it would like. This test is therefore referred to instead as a technical preview because its purpose is primarily technical. Feedback from players will be given priority. If you aren’t one of the Halo Insiders, we will send more invites as soon as they become available.
Halo Infinite will be released later in the year on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S/X.