343 Industries and Microsoft are planning to launch Halo Infinite this fall, and 343 Industries is planning to use the Halo Insider Program to roll out test flights before the game launches. These test flights help the developers identify and fix bugs that may have otherwise gone unnoticed (check out my spotlight of the Master Chief Collection’s incredible 2020 journey to see just how effective Insider flighting has been for 343 Industries thus far), and they also give fans an opportunity to go hands-on with Halo projects before they release.
Considering the game in question is Halo Infinite, that’s quite an exciting prospect. You’ll need to sign up for the Halo Insider Program to have a chance at participating in Halo Infinite beta playtests, but thankfully the process to do so isn’t difficult at all and will only take a few minutes. Here’s a quick guide on how to sign up and become a Halo Insider.
What are Halo Infinite beta tests and ‘flighting’?
Source: 343 Industries
Test flights are periods of time in which 343 Industries provides Halo Insiders with access to a test build of a game. These flights typically last about a week or two and are active around the clock, but some flights in the past have taken place on specific days at specific times as well. The content available in the flight can vary widely depending on what 343 Industries wants to test. For example, test flights for Halo: Reach on PC initially contained a small number of campaign missions. Future flights eventually expanded in scope to include multiplayer and the Firefight horde mode, along with a larger number of campaign levels.
It’s unclear if Halo Infinite’s test flights will operate in the same way, but given how successful flighting was for the Master Chief Collection, we’d bet money that they will be, at the very least, very similar.
Halo Infinite beta start date
Source: Xbox Game Studios
How to sign up for Halo Infinite beta tests
To get started with your registration, follow the steps below.
- Visit the Halo Insider page on Halo Waypoint.
- Click Signup.
- Under “Sign in to your Xbox Live account,” click Sign In.
- Sign in with your Microsoft Account credentials.
Source: Windows Central
- Grant Halo Waypoint access to your Xbox Live information if requested.
- Confirm that you are 18 or older.
- Confirm that you agree to the Halo Insider Program Confidentiality Statement.
- Click Join the Program.
- In the provided fields, enter your preferred email, location, timezone, and experience with Halo games.
- Click Continue.
- If you’re an Xbox player, click Yes when asked if you’d like to be considered for console flighting.
- FIll out your console ownership and setup details and then click Continue.
- If you’re a PC player, click Yes when asked if you’d like to be considered for PC flighting.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to obtain and upload your PC specifications with Windows 10’s DirectX Diagnostic.
- If you use Steam, click the Link Steam Account button and login with your Steam credentials.
- Click Continue.
Source: Windows Central
- When asked about flight availability, select the days and times you are typically available for test sessions.
- Click Complete Signup.
- Open the Halo Insider email sent to your provided address.
- Click Verify my Email Address in the email.
You’re done! Your Halo Insider profile will automatically pop up once you’re finished, and your information can be edited at any time if something changes. Keep in mind that the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles haven’t been listed as consoles you can say you use yet, so if you own one of these consoles, check back frequently and select the appropriate option when it’s added. You’ll also need to sign up for the Xbox Insider Program if you play on Xbox since you’ll need access to the Xbox Insider Hub application.
Will there be Halo Infinite beta rewards?
It remains unclear where Halo Infinite testers will receive rewards for participation, although given examples from past tests, some cosmetics are assumed. In previous Halo beta tests and flights, players have received exclusive in-game bonuses, including cosmetic skins or nameplates. We believe similar rewards apply here, although likely to be announced at a later date.
Will there be a Halo Infinite open beta?
“Going forward, you will never see a Halo game coming out without a beta. It (The Master Chief Collection) was obviously painful for our fans and for us,” Ross said. “But it won’t happen again.”
However, it’s also entirely possible that 343 Industries considers Insider test flighting to fit the definition of what a “beta” is. It’s also important to keep in mind that Ross’s comments were made years before the Halo Insider Program was created; the Insider Program may be a system that 343 Industries developed for long-term use to keep its word. Ultimately, only time will tell if Halo Infinite will have a traditional-style open beta.
What do you think of the Halo Insider Program? Are you planning on signing up? Let me know.
Halo Infinite is expected to release in Fall 2021 on the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series X, Xbox One consoles, and Windows 10 PCs. It’s expected to cost $60 when it releases, and it will hopefully end up being one of the best Xbox One games. In the meantime, we highly recommend the Master Chief Collection, which bundles all of the pre-Xbox One Halo shooters for an incredible price.
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