While the reveal of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer gameplay design and mechanics was one of the most exciting parts of the Xbox E3 2021 show, the announcement that the game will have an “Academy” training mode was another huge development that has me excited for what the future holds with Halo Infinite. Training modes may not be flashy or exciting, but they are valuable — both for players new to Halo and for series veterans.
For franchise newcomers, the Academy will act as a tutorial for players to get acquainted with the core gameplay structure and systems that constitute the foundation of Halo’s multiplayer experience. While in the mode, players will be able to practice against bots of varying skill levels, try out and get used to different types of weapons and pickups in Halo Infinite’s sandbox, and study up on important terms they’ll see on their HUD or hear while communicating with teammates during multiplayer matches.
Considering that the series is 20 years old and that seven different first-person Halo shooters have released during that period, it would be daunting for new players to try to compete with experienced ones without the onboarding process offered by the Academy. Training modes like these that are aimed at newer players have become more and more commonplace in the last decade, and it’s fantastic to finally see Halo embrace the trend, especially since the game’s free-to-play model will no doubt bring in countless newcomers.
Source: 343 Industries
With its return to Halo’s traditional sandbox-driven multiplayer structure and full support for 120 FPS on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, it’s clear that Microsoft and 343 Industries want Halo Infinite to be the game that propels Halo back into competitive/esports relevancy. Nearly all successful competitive shooters on the market right now feature some sort of warm-up and training modes (for example, the Practice Range in Overwatch), so the fact that 343 Industries will have these systems in place for Halo Infinite at launch bodes well for the game’s potential in this space.
Source: 343 Industries
Do you agree with me about Halo Infinite’s Academy mode? Let me know. Hopefully, Halo infinite will prove to be one of the best Xbox games ever made when it releases later this year. I’m looking forward to playing it when it comes to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 (and Windows 11) PCs. Notably, you can preorder the game now for $60, but if you’re interested in only the multiplayer, it will be completely free. There’s also a Halo Infinite beta coming in Summer 2021 you can sign up to be a part of (check our guide on how to sign up for Halo Infinite’s beta for more information).
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