Xbox and Halo Infinite insiders were hoping to play the cooperative multiplayer closed beta this week, a long-awaited feature whose absence from the launch version was widely criticized.
The closed beta (you have to be insiders from Xbox or the Halo Insider program) was expected to start this week, from July 11, but they never gave an exact date.
Brian Jarrard, community director at 343 Industries, confirms that although it is not yet available they are still hoping to launch it this week… although also warns that there could be delays.
Apologies to folks who expected the flight today – we’re eager to get this into your hands but we also want to ensure it’s a positive and worthwhile flight experience. Still targeting this week but it’s day by day as work continues. Ty for your patience and understanding. (3/3)
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) July 11, 2022
“The team is still working on the next Halo Infinite Insider Beta. While we always said the goal was the week of July 11, some outlets just said it started on July 11.”
“We’re still waiting for it to be this week, but it won’t start today.“
Jarrard explains that it’s a complex process of trying to find technical issues and resolve them before releasing it to a larger audience. In fact, some problems have been found in the current version and they are working on them.
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Again, emphasize that they intend to launch the beta this weekbecause they are looking forward to testing it, but “it’s a daily job”, something that leaves the door open to a possible delay.
This cooperative mode will allow play the entire campaign with up to four people. There will be a method for players to not stray too far in the open environments of the Halo Infinite campaign.
For progress they have established a lowest common denominator which adds up all completed quests between them, but if someone doesn’t have one, it will show up as incomplete for everyone.
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Only members of the Xbox Insider or Halo Insider program will be able to participate. At this link you can join the program, which allows you to test betas like this in advance to provide feedback to creators, sometimes content months in advance.
And here you can sign up for the Xbox Insider program, if you have an Xbox console, and that allows you to try software updates first.