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Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview returns for end of September

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The Halo Infinite multiplayer technical preview is coming back before the end of the month. 

As confirmed via the most recent Inside Infinite blog post, developer 343 Industries will be hosting another technical preview - following the first technical preview in late July/early August - that will take place from September 23 - 26 and September 30 - October 3, 2021. 

According to the post, this time around the Halo Infinite flights will be "even bigger" and will feature full-blown multiplayer. The back-to-back weekend events will focus on different multiplayer modes with the first of the two featuring Arena (4v4) gameplay and the other stepping things up a notch with Big Team Battles (12v12).

This initial post gives a brief idea of what to expect from the next two technical previews, however, 343 Industries has also promised a separate blog post on September 21 which will "dive into a lot of the specifics." Invites for this preview have already begun landing in people's inboxes which - just like last time - are being sent out to those who are signed up to be a part of Halo Insiders

Further down the blog post, the developer highlights what its goals are for both weekends adding that: "Our primary goal for these two tech previews will be to test our online services at a larger scale than ever before." To do this effectively, the post continues, matchmaking will be limited to set periods of time each day. The details of which were also included in the post. 

Weekend 1 (Arena’s) schedule starts off with the build becoming available for download on Thursday night (September 23). From Friday, September 24, the technical preview will begin with matchmaking becoming available from 10am - 2pm and 5pm - 9pm PT. This remains the case throughout the weekend until flight access closes on Monday, September 27 at 10am PT. 

The following weekend, dubbed Weekend 2 (Big Team Battle & Arena) will follow a similar pattern with flight access being switched on from Thursday evening. Once again, matchmaking will become available from Friday, October 1 at the same time slots as the weekend before: 10am - 2pm & 5pm - 9pm PT. This also continues until Sunday, October 3 where at 9pm PT players will be given a survey to fill out before the flight closes at 10pm PT that same evening. 

Halo Infinite will release fully on December 8, 2021, on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.

To see what else you can expect from the upcoming technical preview, take a look at our Halo Infinite multiplayer preview.

Hope Bellingham

After studying Film Studies and Creative Writing at University, I was lucky enough to land a job as an intern at Player Two PR where I helped to release a number of indie titles. I then got even luckier when I became GamesRadar's trainee news writer where I get to spread the word about the goings-on in the video game world. My expertise lies in Animal Crossing related topics after spending the last 15 years immersing myself in island life. I also know a thing or two about The Last of Us, and way too much about the Kingdom Hearts series.