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Halo Infinite: Release date, story, multiplayer, crossplay, platforms, trailers, beta

2021 is a big year for Master Chief as he returns to Xbox 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 worldwide pandemic. 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 Release Date

A Microsoft Store listing and a Tawainese online shopping website appeared to have leaked that Halo Infinite will release on December 8.

Now, The Verge have reportedly confirmed that this is indeed the official release date. They said that “A source familiar with Microsoft’s plans tells The Verge that December 8th is accurate.”

This release date is reportedly going to be officially announced during the opening of Gamescom.

343 Creative Director Joseph Staten confirmed during the Gamescom 2021 show that the Halo Infinite release date will indeed be December 8, 2021.

Halo Infinite story

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 of the details.

Halo Infinite will have crossplay

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 battle royale

Absolutely nothing has been confirmed yet regarding a battle royale mode for Halo Infinite. However, there have been back and forth rumors regarding this, and a new piece of evidence has shed some light on this popular question.

An audio clip was leaked that was spoken by the classic Halo announcer Jeff Steitzer who has returned for Halo Infinite.

In the clip, he can be heard saying the very simple line: “Battle Royale.” It remains to be seen if Halo Infinite will ever receive an official battle royale mode.

Halo Infinite Multiplayer available now 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.

And during the Xbox 20th Anniversary live show on November 15, 343 Industries announced the arrival of Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer. The release came as a surprise as players could access the Halo Infinite Multiplayer Season 1 beta on all Xbox consoles and PC.

Halo Infinite how to play flight test beta

We’ve already had the first flight test for Halo Infinite which started on July 29, 2021. This is an exclusive beta test to allow players to try out Halo Infinite and help to iron out any flaws and bugs in the system.

To participate in any future flight tests, all you need to do is head over to the Halo Insider Program hub and click “Sign Up.” You will then be asked to sign in to your Xbox Live account. You also must be 18 years or older to participate in the tests.

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

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 in 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

It does seem, for the time being at least, that Halo Infinite will not have assassinations on its release. It’s a feature that players have enjoyed previously in Halo games, but Lead Developer Tom French has said this won’t be a priority.


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 Credit: 343 Industries

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FIFA 22 FUTTIES: Release date, promo explained, & player leaks

According to FIFA 22 leaks, the FUTTIES promo will be making its way to Ultimate Team shortly along with some of this year’s best cards.

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A FIFA 22 leaker has revealed that the FUTTIES promo is returning to Ultimate Team this summer as a victory lap celebrating the game mode’s best cards of the year.

FUTTIES isn’t necessarily the final FIFA 22 Ultimate Team promo, but it will symbolically wrap up the title by celebrating some of the best special cards we’ve seen since launch. Players can expect to get their hands on boosted versions of this year’s best special items as they make their way to packs, SBCs, and Objectives.

FUTTIES provides FIFA 22 players with a rare second chance. You can expect to revisit some of the best promo cards of the year that you may have missed out on the first time around.

Here’s everything you need to know about Ultimate Team’s FUTTIES including an explanation of the promo and the expected release date.

FIFA 22 FUTTIES release date

FUTTIES is expected to hit Ultimate Team on Friday, July 15 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST. According to renowned FIFA leaker FutSheriff, FUTTIES will follow Shapeshifters as the next promo that Ultimate Team players could enjoy.

Previously, Sheriff reported that FUTTIES would arrive on July 8, but the leaker has now claimed that Shapeshifters Team 4 is expected on this date instead. This has pushed FUTTIES’ expected start date by one week.

We’ll let you know when EA officially confirms the promo’s arrival.

FUTTIES FIFA 22 promo explained

The FUTTIES promo is meant to wrap up the Ultimate Team promo calendar by celebrating the best special items of the year. FIFA 22 brought us some truly amazing cards, so here’s a look at how the promo should work.

For starters, Ultimate Team players will have a chance to vote between two previous special cards on any given day. The player who wins the fan vote will not only receive an upgrade but the card will be made available via SBC.

In addition to incredible SBC and Objectives content, some of the best special items from FUT 22 will be re-released. In FIFA 21 there were three batches of re-released FUTTIES teams that appeared in Ultimate Team packs.

FIFA 22 FUTTIES player leaks

FutSherrif has reliably provided details of leaked promo players throughout the entirety of FIFA 22. The leaker’s coverage of FUTTIES should be no different as players are expected to be revealed prior to the July 15 release.

We’ll keep you posted as more information concerning the FIFA 22 FUTTIES promo comes to light. Given that the promo highlights previous special cards that were already in the game, leaks may be difficult to come by, but we’ll update this section accordingly.


For more FIFA news, check out our guide to Ultimate Team in FIFA 23 including new features & expected changes.

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Where to find & open the secret door at Shuffled Shrines in Fortnite: Location & guide

Here’s how to find and open the secret door at Shuffled Shrines to complete Fortnite’s Indiana Jones Questline.

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The brand-new Shuffled Shrines POI has appeared with the 21.20 update and features an Indiana Jones-style secret room to investigate. You’ll need to find it and get inside to complete the Indy Quests, so here’s how.

Fortnite players have been desperate to finally unlock the Indiana Jones Battle Pass skin, and it finally went live with the 21.20 update. Alongside Indy, there’s the brand-new Shuffled Shrines POI just west of the Joneses.

Shuffled Shrines has a secret door that players need to open to unlock the Indiana Jones Quests, and in true Indy fashion, there’s a puzzle to solve and deadly traps to avoid. Here’s how to solve the puzzle and open the secret door to complete the Fortnite Indiana Jones Quests.

How to open the secret door at Shuffled Shrines in Fortnite

Fortnite players looking to open the secret door at Shuffled Shrines will need to solve the stone puzzle.

There will be four stones around Shuffled Shrines, each with a different color-coded symbol. Starting on the south side of Shuffled Shrines, head clockwise around the area, marking down the symbol displayed on each shrine. While the stones will always be in the same place, the symbols will change each match.

You can check out their locations on the map below, and you’ll be able to hear them as you approach.

Once you’ve got all four symbols, head to the secret door in the middle of the POI. You’ll find four stones with the symbols, and use your interact button to have the stones display the symbols in the order that you visited them.

Once all four are correct, the stones will start glowing and the door will open. As this is an Indiana Jones Quest and POI, you’ll need to be careful of the traps that line the corridor as you approach the artifact.

Secret door past the main chamber Fortnite location

Once you reach the main chamber where the artifact sits on a plinth (picking this up will give 250 Gold), look to your right and you’ll notice a doorway masked by a large bush.

Head through the door and go right to the end of the corridor and you’ll find two Mythic chests and you’ll complete the “Find the secret door past the main chamber in Shuffled Shrines” Indiana Jones Quest and unlock the Indy’s Dustoff Emote. But be careful, you can be squished by a boulder on your way out.


For more Fortnite, check out all of the cosmetics found in the 21.20 game files, as well as the leaked Dragon Ball Z crossover coming soon.

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FIFA 23 LaLiga ratings: Every team’s best players predictions

Spain’s LaLiga is set to host some of the top talent in FIFA 23, so we’ve predicted who will have the highest rating for each club.

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LaLiga will deliver some of the best players in FIFA 23, with Champions League winners Real Madrid and bitter rival Barcelona set to take over Ultimate Team. Here are our predictions for the top LaLiga ratings in FIFA 23, as well as every team’s best players.

Prior to the release of FIFA 23, EA will provide their updated player ratings for the Ultimate Team game mode. Performances throughout the 2021/2022 season are the criteria with which EA provides upgrades and downgrades to some of the best Ultimate Team players.

After losing their two biggest stars in Ronaldo and Messi over the past few years, LaLiga seems stronger than ever with Real Madrid recently crowned champions of Europe and Spain.

But who will be the best players in the LaLiga? We’ve put together our predictions for the top 10 highest-rated LaLiga players in FIFA 23, and highlighted the best players from each club.

FIFA 23 LaLiga top 10 player rating predictions

PlayerClubUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Karim BenzemaReal Madrid+291
Thibaut CourtoisReal Madrid+291
Jan OblakAtletico Madrid91
Marc-Andre ter StegenBarcelona-189
CasemiroReal Madrid89
Luka ModricReal Madrid+188
Toni KroosReal Madrid-187
Luis SuarezAtletico Madrid-187
Frenkie de JongBarcelona87
Jordi AlbaBarcelona86

Karim Benzema is the favorite to win the Ballon d’Or after his miraculous displays led Real Madrid to widespread success in 2022. Madrid teammates Courtois, Modric, and Vinicius Junior should all be in line for upgrades as well.

Barcelona are still on a journey to reach former heights, and their manager Xavi seems to be imprinting his style of play on the current squad. Jordi Alba was perhaps their best player last season and despite his age, he should maintain his rating from FIFA 22.

The biggest question mark for Barcelona is midfielder Frenkie de Jong who is also one of their highest-rated Ultimate Team players in FIFA.

Manchester United are pushing for his signature, but Barcelona’s midfield should continue to thrive with Pedri, Gavi, and new signing Franck Kessie trending upwards.

FIFA 23 LaLiga rating predictions: Every team’s best players

The top ten players were unsurprisingly comprised of Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Atletico Madrid stars. However, the middle of the pack in LaLiga is a strong bunch with Villarreal, Sevilla, Real Betis, and Valencia all expected to provide high-rated players in FIFA 23

With this in mind, we’ve made our predictions for every LaLiga club’s top three players in FIFA 23:

Almeria

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Umar Sadiq+277
Lucas Robertone+177
Alex Centelles75

Athletic Club de Bilbao

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Muniain+184
Inigo Martinez+182
Unai Simon82

Atletico Madrid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jan Oblak91
Luis Suarez-187
Marcos Llorente86

Barcelona

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Marc-Andre ter Stegen-189
Frenkie de Jong87
Jordi Alba86

Cadiz

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jeremias Conan Ledesma+380
Lucas Perez-277
Alfonso Espino+276

Celta Vigo

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Iago Aspas+185
Denis Suarez+179
Brais Mendez+278

Elche

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Edgar Badia-277
Johan Mojica+276
Omar Mascarell+175

Espanyol

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Sergi Darder+281
De Tomas+180
Embarba-179

Getafe

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Dakonam Djene81
David Soria81
Nemanja Maksimovic+180

Girona

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Cristhian Stuani+177
Samu Saiz+176
Aleix Garcia+274

Mallorca

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Jaume Costa-177
Pablo Maffeo+277
Angel-177

Osasuna

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
David Garcia+381
Ruben Garcia79
Sergio Herrera+179

Rayo Vallecano

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Diego Lopez+279
Alvaro Garcia+176
Oscar Trejo+176

Real Betis

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Nabil Fekir+286
Canales+184
Alex Moreno+280

Real Madrid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Karim Benzema+291
Thibaut Courtois+291
Casemiro89

Real Sociedad

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Oyarzabal85
Merino+184
David Silva-184

Real Valladolid

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Roque Mesa+278
Shon Weissman77
Lucas Olaza-276

Sevilla

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Marcos Acuna+185
Jules Kounde+184
Alejandro Gomez-184

Valencia

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Carlos Soler+283
Gabriel Paulista+183
Gaya-182

Villarreal

PlayerUpgrade / DowngradeRating
Parejo86
Gerard Moreno-185
Pau Torres+183

EA have not yet revealed the full slate of LaLiga ratings in FIFA 23. When they do, we’ll be sure to update this page with the latest information.


For more on FIFA 23, be sure to check out our player rating predictions for the Premier League, Serie A, and Bundesliga.

Image credits: EA Sports / LaLiga

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