While Halo Infinite’s campaign was widely praised by fans and critics, most gamers were disappointed to learn that the game did not support cooperative play (local Where online) when it launches in late 2021. At the time, developer 343 Industries promised co-op would come to the game at a later date. Now, seven months later, the studio has revealed that the beloved feature is set to arrive in Halo Infinite in August 2022.
Ahead of the upcoming release of Campaign Co-op, the developers have planned a “trial flight” beta for it. Here’s everything you need to know about the co-op beta, including how you can play it, how to sign up, when the beta will release, and more.
What is the Halo Infinite Co-op Beta?
The Halo Infinite Co-Op Beta is, much like previous Halo Infinite betas, a test for the game’s upcoming feature. By “delivering” a working version of campaign co-op to a select group of players, 343 Industries can identify and fix bugs, issues, and other issues that might have ended up in the co-op release build without the data gathered from the beta release.
Currently, we don’t know how many players will be able to play co-op together during the beta, nor do we know what part of the Halo Infinite campaign will be playable during the test. However, it’s likely players will be able to play through at least one of the game’s story missions as well as some of Halo Infinite’s open world, allowing them to test out the campaign’s two main gameplay experiences. We also expect co-op testing to support the full number of four-player lobbies planned for the final release of the feature.
It’s also unclear if the beta will be available on both Xbox and PC or if this initial test will be platform-exclusive, although based on the 2021 beta tests we expect that the first being the case. Ultimately, however, we need more details from the developers before we can be sure.
Will the Halo Infinite co-op beta have split-screen?
With 343 Industries planning to add campaign co-op to Halo Infinite in 2022, many players have wondered if the co-op beta, as well as the feature’s official release, will include local split-screen co-op.
Unfortunately, based on the Halo Infinite Season 2 roadmap, the co-op beta as well as the co-op feature coming this year will be exclusively network-based. This means that while you’ll be able to play co-op with friends online, you won’t be able to play with them on the couch with an Xbox console.
This news will no doubt disappoint many fans, especially since Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, promised split-screen would be in the next Halo game after Halo 5: Guardians during a DICE Summit 2017 presentation. The studio Is intend to deliver on that promise, as the Halo Infinite Season 2 roadmap also indicates that the split-screen co-op campaign will arrive sometime in 2023.
Therefore, we anticipate that a co-op beta to test split-screen will take place. ultimately, although split-screen will not be available for the initial beta and co-op release. It’s a shame it’s coming so late, but at least we know for sure it’s coming.
How to play the Halo Infinite co-op beta
To have a chance to play the Halo Infinite co-op beta, you’ll need to sign up for the Halo Insider program. This program was launched by Microsoft and 343 Industries in 2018 as the “MCC Insider Program” to test updates and fixes for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and after being renamed it was reused in 2021 to beta test Halo Infinite multiplayer experiences.
Note that joining the Halo Insider program is completely free, so there’s really no reason why you should not Register. Once you’ve completed the registration process, you’ll have a chance to access the upcoming Campaign Cooperative Trial Flight Beta. If the developers invite you to participate in the beta, you will receive an email and a message on the Halo Waypoint website that will tell you how to access the beta.
If the co-op beta works like previous Halo Infinite beta tests, Xbox players and PC players using the Microsoft Store to play Halo Infinite will need to download the Xbox Insider Hub app. (opens in a new tab) to get there. PC players using Steam, meanwhile, will be able to access the beta with a code provided by 343 Industries.
How to sign up for the Halo Infinite co-op beta
We recommend signing up for the Halo Insider Program as soon as possible to have a good chance of being invited to the Halo Infinite beta when it goes live. Luckily, the process is incredibly simple and will only take you a few minutes. Here’s how:
- Go to the Halo Insider Home Page.
- Select the Join Halo Insider button.
- Connect with the Microsoft account you use to play Halo Infinite.
- Read and accept the Confidentiality declaration.
- Under the Preferences tab, Enter and verify your email address, time zone, flight availability, and platform and game preferences.
- Under the Flight tab of the console, opt for console thefts and enter information about your console if you play on Xbox.
- Under the Flighting PC tab, opt for PC flights and enter information on your PC if playing on PC.
- After completing each tab, select Save.
Note that to give you the best chance of being invited to the Co-op Campaign beta, you should make sure to select ‘Campaign’, ‘Co-op Campaign’ and ‘Social Multiplayer’ when choosing your game mode and preferences. of experience. in the Preferences tab.
Halo Infinite Co-op Beta Start Date and Time
According to a Recent tweet from the official Halo account, 343 Industries plans to launch the Halo Infinite co-op beta in July, a month before the studio launches network co-op in the live game. It’s unclear exactly when the beta will be available, but based on Halo Infinite’s current weekly update schedule, our best guess is that the beta will launch on a Tuesday at 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET.
We also don’t know how long the beta will be available or if players will be able to access it 24 hours a day while it’s active, as some previous Halo Infinite betas only had online services up and running. specific times of the day. . We won’t know such details until the developers share more information.
Halo Infinite is available now, and its excellent campaign makes it one of the best xbox shooters play if you like rich single-player experiences. Multiplayer is also completely free if you want to jump into Halo Infinite’s PvP experiences.