The Halo Infinite technical preview of September 23-26 seems to have gone well. While, of course, there were some bugs and some debate on aim assist with controllers, most Halo Infinite players have praised the multiplayer. That in and of itself is a long way away from the game which, after the reveal of its campaign but reportedly unrelated to that reception, was delayed for a whole year.
Really, all of this is putting Halo Infinite in a strong position for its launch later this year. First-person shooter fans have it to look forward to, but that’s far from the only thing. The classic take on CoD, Call of Duty: Vanguard, and the multiplayer-focused Battlefield 2042 also launch this fall. Between the three, there’s a lot to be experienced. And while it remains to be seen which FPS reigns supreme, Halo Infinite has a few leads on the competition.
Halo Infinite Dominates With Game Pass
In a classic competition between Call of Duty: Vanguard and Battlefield 2042, playing both means the gamers always win—especially if both entries are quality. Unfortunately, sometimes it comes down to a choice, and some out there will be choosing whether to buy Call of Duty: Vanguard or Battlefield 2042. Reviews, previews, and the overall style, gameplay, and setting of the game (among other factors) will likely determine which is better for whom as long as they are of similar quality.
Factoring Halo Infinite in, however, isn’t really factoring Halo in. Thanks to Game Pass which only grows more and more popular, players will be able to download and play Halo Infinite on day one, only for the cost of the subscription many gamers may already have. Game Pass is a case in and of itself, unrelated to Call of Duty and Battlefield, and that gives Halo a one-up on them. After all, Game Pass isn’t just Halo Infinite—it’s Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5, and much, much more.
Halo Infinite is Sniping Call of Duty and Battlefield From Afar
Aside from Halo Infinite’s Game Pass advantage, there’s also the fact that there’s no real three-way choice to begin with. Call of Duty and Battlefield have long been competitors, and that’s good for both of them. Competition breeds innovation, new ideas, and more, yet Halo has never really factored into that. While it may be a first-person shooter, it’s not really in the same circles—just as Elden Ring isn’t really competition to action RPGs because Souls games have always marched to their own beat.
Indeed, Halo Infinite is doing just that and marching to its own beat. Microsoft has released some stellar games here lately, partially because of this approach to game development, and as long as Microsoft hits it out of the park again, there’s no need to worry about Call of Duty or Battlefield being out when Halo Infinite releases. Fans will flock to it, even if they are still involved with one of those.
Halo Infinite releases December 8 for PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
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