According to reports, Xbox will allow players to take part in the Halo Infinite beta test before the game launches, 343 Industries, the development team behind the cross-gen project is “actively drafting plans” for multiple beta tests later this year.
Reports arrived from Windows Central in an article in which the outlet affirms that following Halo Infinite’s delay the studio is planning to “leverage the same opt-in process, steadily expanding throughout 2021, and informing its final decisions headed into launch”.
“Our team is now actively engaged in flighting, ongoing community dialogue, live service processes, and understanding the possibilities present in a multi-game, multi-engine product,” said Szlagor. “As a team, we have grown and evolved alongside Halo: Master Chief Collection and we feel good about the processes we have put in place to continue updating 343 Industries titles.”
Following Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s launch, the franchise shipped over 65 million units by 2015. Microsoft affirms that the sci-fi shooter continues to remain at the forefront of Xbox Game Studios and Xbox Series X.
Certainly, The Master Chief Collection exceeded Xbox’s expectations, with many issues taking a long time to patch up. “Fundamentally it was because we were testing it in an environment that we had set up incorrectly and with some (as we discovered later) faulty assumptions,” 343 Industries Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor stated in 2017.
“And unlike some of our other normal testing cycles, we weren’t testing for gameplay balance and stuff that the original releases already contained so our test process was radically different, and we made mistakes in some of the scenarios we asked for.” Factor in shipping on an entirely new console with a drastic architectural shift — in retrospect, it’s easy to see where things went wrong.
Lessons learned with the Master Chief Collection has changed 343 Industries’ decision to not host beta testings for Halo Infinite. If you wish to take part in the beta testing periods (Flights) for Halo Infinite, you must’ve signed at Halowaypoint as a Halo Insider.
Halo Infinite is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, and Game Pass for no extra charge.
Source: Windows Central