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Halo Infinite Multiplayer Rumors Suggest Monday Launch

Halo Infinite's multiplayer may launch early to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series' first release.
Halo Infinite's multiplayer may launch early to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series' first release. / Photo courtesy of 343 Industries/Microsoft

Despite an official release date set for December, Halo Infinite's multiplayer may be set to launch this coming Monday, Nov. 15.

Rumors started to circulate last week when various leakers claimed Microsoft had secret plans to release the multiplayer on Monday to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Halo: Combat Evolved's release alongside the original Xbox. None of these claims were backed up with sourcing or evidence, but they continued to gain steam as the hours passed.

That may not seem like much to go on, but Microsoft and 343 Industries have yet to comment on the rumors at all. At the same time, Microsoft "broke" and subsequently fixed the official Xbox Twitter account. Finally, data miners combing through the code on the Halo Infinite page in the Xbox Store found a pre-order release date of Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. UK time — the same time Microsoft will broadcast a special show to celebrate Xbox's 20th anniversary.

Microsoft has since updated the store listing to Halo Infinite's official Dec. 8 release date, but still has yet to shut down rumors of an early multiplayer launch. Halo Infinite's multiplayer is set to be free-to-play, with a paid campaign portion available for sale separately.