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Halo Infinite: Story, Multiplayer, crossplay, free-to-play, release date

2021 is a big year for Master Chief as he makes his debut on Xbox Series X and PC. Here’s everything you need to know about Halo Infinite.

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Master Chief’s longevity is in full force as Halo Infinite marks another generation that the legendary shooter franchise will appear in. There’s a lot of buzz about the game, so we’ve put together some crucial details including Halo Infinite’s release date, crossplay, gameplay, and more.

Halo, the iconic Sci-Fi drama that has achieved mainstream coverage, is gearing up for another iteration of tight gunplay with lots of aliens to slay.

Scheduled for a December 2020 release, Halo Infinite’s arrival had to be pushed back due to its development being disturbed by the world’s ongoing events. This slight hiccup has nearly passed, however, and we have some key details that you should know about the 2021 arrival of Halo Infinite.

Halo Infinite story

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Gripping narratives are synonymous with Halo games. After keeping the appearances of Master Chief slightly more limited in Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries have taken this feedback on board and reverted to a more familiar status quo.

These are the key details regarding Halo Infinite’s story:

  • It will focus more on Master Chief who’s just woken from a deep sleep
  • It has been described as a “spiritual reboot” for the franchise
  • 343 are making the story less complicated than Halo 5: Guardians
  • The Banished will serve as the game’s primary antagonists

It’s clear that 343 Industries wants to keep Infinite’s story a bit more grounded and not require you to have played every Halo game to completely understand all the details.

Halo Infinite will have crossplay

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A big question that people have had regarding Halo Infinite and its Xbox and PC integration is, will it have crossplay?

Thanks to a Tweet from Halo’s Community Manager at 343 Industries John Junyszek, we know that crossplay has been confirmed for Halo Infinite.

So if it’s the campaign or the multiplayer, or even the rumored battle royale mode, Xbox and PC players will be able to unite and enjoy Halo Infinite together.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer free-to-play

The Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase during E3 2021 confirmed that the Multiplayer portion of the next entry in the first-person shooter will be completely free-to-play for PC and Xbox players and will run at 120 FPS.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer gameplay reveal trailer

Fans got their first look at the adrenaline-fueled action they can expect from the Multiplayer of Halo Infinite in the game’s reveal trailer that was released during E3 2021. You can check out all of the action-packed footage below:

Halo Infinite’s Gameplay features

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If there’s one area where Halo never fails to impress – it’s gameplay. For years, Halo was built and marketed on being the undisputed number-one first-person shooter in the world. Even though Bungie has branched off to work on Destiny, Halo still retains the exquisite mechanics that garnered positivity and drew fans for years.

Here are some crucial gameplay tidbits for you to know about:

  • Master Chief has befriended a pilot that found him and can drive him around
  • The game features bigger and more expansive levels than before
  • There’s a day & night cycle
  • Master Chief has a new Grapple Hook that can be used for traversal or combat
  • Halo Infinite incorporates a new upgrade system
  • There are new weapons & enemies
  • Multiplayer will be free-to-play at up to 120fps, probably with a Battle Pass system
  • The campaign has a 4-player online co-op
  • Local 2-player split-screen returns after being left out of Halo 5: Guardians

Halo Infinite Release Date

At the time of writing, Halo Infinite is confirmed by 343 Industries to be released in the second half of 2021.

However, in a recent interview with voice actor Verlon Griffin, we now have reason to believe the game will release sometime during November 2021. This information comes from an episode of the Fadam And Friends podcast, where Griffin accidentally spilled some information regarding the release of the game.

This is all the information we know about Halo Infinite so far and as more details slowly become public, we’ll make sure we update you.

Image credits: 343 Industries

Fortnite

How to defeat Riot for Fortnite Season 7 Week 7 Quest

Here’s how you can quickly complete the Fortnite Week 7 Epic Quest to find and defeat the NPC Riot which will grant you some exciting rewards.

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Riot in Fortnite

There are brand-new challenges to complete in Week 7 of Fortnite Season 7, and one of the Epic Quests requires you to defeat the NPC Riot. Here’s how you can find him and get this done.

Week 7 of Fortnite Season 7 has brand-new weekly challenges for you to complete, with a variety of different tasks to perform. These include stoking campfires and constructing Wooden Hatcheries.

One Epic Quest has you search for a Fortnite NPC Riot and then defeat him in battle. This character will put up a fight, so this guide will provide his location along with some tips for defeating him.

Riot in Fortnite

Where to find Riot in Fortnite Season 7

There are various NPCs scattered across Fortnite Island, and each one serves a different purpose, such as selling weapons or protecting the player. Riot will fire at you on sight, so be ready for a battle.

You can find this NPC on the west side of the Yellow Steel Bridge between Misty Meadow and Catty Corner. Make sure you collect some solid weapons and gear before going to battle against Fortnite Riot, as he will be hostile.

We’ve marked this location on the map below.

fortnite riot location

Simply take cover as much as possible by building structures or using your surroundings. Once he stops firing at you, you can take your opportunity to shoot him down. Luckily, he isn’t too difficult to bring down.

We recommend keeping a few shield potions on you just in case since the aim of Fortnite Riot is deadly. Once he’s down, you’ll be able to loot him for gear, and the game will reward you with 30,000 XP, so it is definitely worth it to take the time to find Fortnite Riot and defeat the NPC.

For more Fortnite, check out how to complete all the Ferrari challenges in Fortnite and how to mark an Alien Egg for one of the Season 7, Week 7 quests.

Image credits: Epic Games

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How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

Now that Battlefield 2042 has been officially revealed, here’s how you can play the upcoming massive-scale multiplayer experience’s open beta.

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Battlefield 2042 is confirmed to have an Open Beta, allowing players to get a taste of the massive battles ahead of its official launch. Here’s how you can play the Open Beta and access it early.

Now that the wait is over and Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, it’s time to start wondering when you can get your hands on the next installment of the blockbuster franchise. 

The game is on the slate for an October 22, 2021 launch, but DICE also has plans for an Open Beta ahead of its launch. With the latest showcase at EA Play Live, the developers revealed a more specific time for when players can get their hands on the Beta and subsequently the new Specialists, massive maps, and new game modes

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta. 

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

How to access Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

As well as announcing Battlefield Portal, during Battlefield 2042’s showcase for EA Play Live on July 22, DICE officially announced that players can expect the Open Beta in September of this year.

Battlefield V’s beta happened a month before release, with those who preordered the game getting two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 is expected to follow the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game will be able to play first.

Battlefield 2042 is on the slate for October 22, and although it isn’t a pinpoint date, we can officially expect the Open Beta to drop in September 2021.

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta

If you’ve preordered the game, you’ll get early access to a Closed Beta, likely a couple of days ahead of the Open Beta’s launch. If you haven’t preordered the game, don’t worry, as you won’t have to spend a penny to play the Open Beta. It will likely appear on your platform of choice’s store as a free download. 

There is also no confirmation if the Open Beta will be available for both those playing the Xbox One/PS4 and Xbox Series X/PS5 editions. 

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all updates on Battlefield 2042.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Seer’s abilities discussed at EA Play for Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence

Apex Legends upcoming Season 10 will feature a brand new Legend called “Seer,” who may even give Bloodhound a run for his money.

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Apex Legends revealed further details on Season 10: Emergence at EA Play recently, giving players an insight into how the new Legend Seer will operate.

Season 9: Legacy has been a great success for Respawn, introducing a brand new way to play the battle royale with Arenas and expanding the roster with arguably the most balanced Legend they have introduced since the launch of Seasons, Valkyrie.

As well as enjoying the current event, Thrillseekers, which saw a new Arena’s map enter their game, players have also been getting their first details on Season 10: Emergence, especially the new Legend, Seer.

apex legends seer

On July 22, EA held their annual showcase event, EA Play Live. As well as a variety of their games being showcased, such as Battlefield and Fifa, Apex Legends used this event to reveal the first official Apex Legends Season 10 trailer.

Although this wasn’t a gameplay trailer, it still provided a load of hints and details concerning Apex Legends’ new character Seer, including how his abilities will work.

As well as this, after the trailer had finished, one of Respawn’s developers provided even more information on Seer, where fans were given an explanation of his Passive, Tactical, and Ultimate abilities.

Apex Legends Seer abilities

Apex Legends Seer abilities

Much like Bloodhound, Seer is a Recon Legend who will be mainly focused on gaining intel on enemies with a stealthy playstyle. Seer’s kit is all about tracking the opposition, but it seems the abilities are much more pinpoint than Bloodhound’s scan.

Apex Legends Seer: Passive ability

Seer will gain access to a heartbeat sensor when aiming down sights and be able to track nearby enemies. Although there is currently no representation of this in-game, perhaps players can expect something similar to Call of Duty’s famous Heartbeat Sensor tactical equipment.

Tactical ability

After sensing an enemy’s heartbeat, Seers tactical ability will allow him to send out his Moth Drones to track them down and reveal their position.

apex legends seer abilities

Ultimate ability

Finally, Seer’s Ultimate ability will send out a heap of drones that will combine to create a sphere. Seer will be able to sense and track anyone who is moving fast within this sphere, creating an interesting gameplay mechanic, which may cause teams to alter their movements in order to stay undetected.

Although we don’t currently have any official gameplay of these abilities, the reveal trailer and descriptions of the abilities do a great job at giving players an idea of how Seer will work in-game.

Make sure to check back on this page as more information is released regarding Seer and Season 10, as it seems on July 25, we will be getting our first gameplay trailer.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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