Halo Infinite's campaign made its gameplay debut during the most recent Xbox showcase. While 343 Industries has said there will be more to come on the next Halo game's multiplayer offering, the studio is confirming something today: it will have free-to-play multiplayer.
In a tweet today from the Halo account, 343 and Xbox confirmed that Halo Infinite multiplayer "will be free-to-play." The company also confirmed it would support 120 FPS on the Xbox Series X, which is a lot of frames of Halo to fit into a single second.
It's unclear what this will ultimately mean for the Xbox Live ecosystem. Some have noted that situations like Xbox Live Gold's 12-month option quietly disappearing could indicate that Microsoft is moving away from the Gold model. Making multiplayer free on consoles would be a big move against Sony's PlayStation Plus service.
We'll learn more about Xbox's multiplayer plans as the expected holiday 2020 launch date approaches. August could be a big month for Xbox, as the company is rumored to unveil its second next-gen model, currently called Lockhart, that month. Phil Spencer has also implied that Xbox might talk more about backward compatibility this coming month as well.
As for Halo, we finally saw some real gameplay of the campaign for Infinite, showcasing how it's expanding out to an open-world filled with Covenant to shoot, Craig the Brute included. It could be a while before the public gets their hands on the game though, as 343 Industries has said Infinite is not quite where it wants to be for public flighting ahead of Halo Infinite's launch.