If you haven't received an email inviting you to take part in the upcoming technical preview for Halo Infinite, you've likely missed the boat on this one. But that doesn't mean you can't join in in an entirely different capacity. The event will be streamed on Twitch and YouTube, so Halo fans new and old can experience the first test of what will be the biggest Halo game in many generations, perhaps ever.
This isn't a full release by any means, though. This technical preview is to test the Halo Infinite multiplayer networking. Players will be joined by a host of AI bots that 343 Industries is looking to dial in to make them credible competition without being overbearing. Bot arenas will pit four players against four AI, as well as testing out the Academy Weapon Drills which are designed to walk players through the various armaments in the game, using bots of different difficulty levels to push players just the right amount as they get to grips with the game.
The Bot Arenas will feature three map options: Bazaar, Recharge, and Live Fire, and the game will be adjusted based on the wins and losses and actions of players in the game, on the fly, over the preview weekend.
"To keep players on their toes and keep the experience engaging, we’re planning for a daily content offering that will evolve over the course of the flight based on the overall engagement of participants," 343 claims. "We’re going to intentionally start things off slow to help everyone get acclimated but as the community gets up to speed and slays copious amount of Bots our goal is to crank things up to provide greater challenge and variety."
The preview kicks off on July 29 and runs through August 1.