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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

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Fortnite: How to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

The First wave of Fortnite Rift Tour quests have arrived, and here is how you can save the date in the Rift Tour tab to complete one of them.

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The Fortnite Rift Tour event will be injecting musical entertainment into the popular game, and players can earn some of the event’s rewards by completing quests with one of the first asking Fortnite players to save the date in the Rift Tour tab.

There is a great deal of excitement in the Fortnite community thanks to the recent announcement of the Rift Tour event, which will be showcasing various musical shows for players to enjoy.

Now, the superstar that will be the focus of these shows has not yet been revealed, but leaks have pointed towards Ariana Grande being the main act in the same way Travis Scott was previously when he had a concert event take place.

Players will also earn some event cosmetic rewards by completing various quests, with one of the first asking players to save the date in the Rift Tour tab, and we have everything you need to know to complete this quest covered for you.

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

This particular quest does not require a complex process to complete, but you do need to know where to go in the game to complete it successfully.

The Fortnite Rift Tour event has its own tab in the game’s menu, where you will be able to find everything related to this upcoming event.

This tab is where you will find the full schedule for the show, where you will organize which of the shows you and your friends will be attending.

All that you need to do to complete the Fortnite save the date in the Rift Tour tab is click on one of the black boxes that can be found at the bottom of each of the show options.

Fortnite how to save the date in the Rift Tour tab

It is important to note that this is not an RSVP for the show and that it does not guarantee you will get into the event, as there are sure to be server limits when it comes to how many players can be in the game, such as with Fortnite events in the past.

Players are recommended to show up an hour before the show’s start time they would like to attend to make sure they have a place, as the playlists for each show will go live 30 minutes before.

This is one of the easier quests available for the upcoming musical event, so players will be wise to set aside a couple of minutes to complete the Fortnite save the date in the Rift Tour tab challenge.

For more Fortnite, check out how to get the new Bloodspot skin from the new Suicide Squad movie, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Epic Games

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Apex Legends Season 10 Ranked updates: Arenas, map rotation, split dates, & rewards

A new season of Apex Legends means a new season of Ranked Leagues, from map rotation to split dates, we’ve got you covered.

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Apex Legends Season 10: Emergence is almost here, which also means an update for Ranked Leagues, so let’s get into the details.

Apex Legends Ranked Leagues is a great place for those who want to test their skills out and play for points in a competitive environment, which starting in Season 10, will also be available in Arenas.

No matter how good you are, Apex Legends has a detailed ranking system that will place you on a similar playing field once you play enough games. With Season 10 incoming, let’s check out the updates arriving for the ranked playlist.

Apex Legends season 10 ranked worlds edge

Although there are no major changes for Ranked Leagues this season, there are still a few things to go over such as split dates, rewards, and map rotation.

Split dates

As Apex Legends Season 10 begins on August 3, this would then mean that the first ranked split will also begin on the same day, with the second split coming halfway through the season.

Seasons usually last around 3 months, so with that being said, the halfway mark for Season 10 will be around September 7, so expect the second split to begin around then.

Map rotation

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Every new season two maps get picked for Ranked Leagues, one which spans the first split, and another that spans the second.

For Season 10 players will be dropping into Decimated World’s Edge, which has been showcased in the trailers leading up to Season 10’s release.

In the second split, players will be back on Kings Canyon, or at least the Season 8 version of Kings Canyon, with all the changes that were most recently made to it.

Season 10 rewards

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Depending on what level you managed to reach in Ranked Leagues for Season 9, players will receive rewards at the start of Season 10.

The rewards include gun charms, badges, season-long dive trails for those who manage to reach the higher ranks, and new this season, Holo Sprays.

The rewards for Season 9’s Ranked Leagues have actually been revealed by EA, showing off the badges and dive trails players will receive.

Ranked Arenas

apex legends ranked arenas

Season 10 will also mark the first season of Ranked Arenas, which Respawn released details about fairly recently.

3 new BR maps will join Phase Runner, Party Crasher, and Overflow, with one of them joining the trio and rotating with each other every two weeks. The new maps include:

  • King’s Canyon – Hillside
  • World’s Edge – Dome
  • Olympus – Oasis

As well as new maps, Ranked Arenas will also feature new maps and an exclusive ranking system.

Although not much has been shared about how ranking will work in Arenas, we suspect the names and ranks will be the same, however, the way in which you actually receive points and the number of points you need to rank up will be different from the Battle Royale mode.


That’s all for the ranked playlist in Apex Legends Season 10, for more updates stay tuned on Charlie INTEL and if you’ve been a victim of the recent unfair banning, check out our article for an explanation.

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Fortnite player count: How many people play in 2021

How many people play Fortnite? There are different marks we can look at to give a view of the Fortnite player count in the year of 2021.

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How Many People Play Fortnite Player Count

Fortnite is one of the most popular video games ever, but what is the official Fortnite player count? We’ve got all the statistics you need, including 2021 and all-time numbers.

When Fortnite Battle Royale launched in September 2018, few could have imagined that it would dominate pop culture in the manner it has since then. From musicians like Marshmello and Ariana Grande, to athletes like LeBron James, Epic Game’s free-to-play title has dominated gaming for almost three years.

Of course, it’s not just the stars that have flocked to Fortnite. The game’s free-to-play status meant that anyone could download, jump in, and play with their friends, and millions of gamers around the world have done just that over the years.

How many people have actually played Fortnite though, and how many are actively playing in 2021. We’ve got all the information you need to appreciate the true smash hit Fortnite is.

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How many people play Fortnite in 2021?

Unfortunately, Epic Games don’t keep track of how many players are actively playing the game at any one moment. Thankfully, there are some statistics that we can use to estimate the game’s current player count.

Using PlayerCounter, we can see that there are anywhere from 6 – 12 million people playing Fortnite daily. This number increases on special occasions, like in-game events or new seasons, driving the number closer to 15 million players.

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Fortnite total player count

Now, Epic Games does not regularly provide live updates when it comes to how many people have played or are currently playing. Still, there are some benchmarks that the game has reached since 2018 that give the community an idea of how large the Fortnite player count currently is.

August of 2018 saw a Fortnite player count of 78,000,000, which is not surprising, as this was during the height of popularity during the game’s rise into stardom.

2019 saw a concurrent player count of 12,500,000 in the game, and 2020 saw a record-high number of people playing when 15,300,000 came together to experience the Galactus event.

2020 also saw Epic Games report that Fortnite had 350 million registered accounts. However, one player can create multiple accounts, so registered accounts do not exactly mean 350,000,000 players. A year later, it’s likely that number has increased, and could even be close to 400 million total accounts.

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