After a long wait, Halo fans can finally try out Halo Infinite’s campaign in co-op with the game’s new beta. Today, the official Halo Twitter account announced the beta’s launch, saying you can squad up with your friends to take on the Banished together on Zeta Halo.
The #HaloInfinite Campaign Network Co-Op flight is live! Also featuring Mission Replay, be sure to squad up with your friends in this early-access build and take on the Banished together. We’ll see you on Zeta Halo! pic.twitter.com/LUHioLer4d
— Halo (@Halo) July 15, 2022
The beta also includes a feature many Halo fans wanted in Infinite’s campaign: Mission Replay. In Halo Infinite, once you complete a mission, there was no way to return to it later for Skull hunting, or just for fun. In the beta, 343 has implemented a system through the game’s map to replay missions you’ve already completed.
As we learned a couple weeks back, the beta includes Halo Infinite’s entire campaign, and the beta is available to all Xbox Game Pass subscribers and anyone that owns Halo Infinite. To try it out, you’ll need to join the Xbox Insider Program.
Playing the beta isn’t as simple as hopping into Halo Infinite and inviting a friend. Instead, players have to download the special campaign build and start a brand new playthrough. Beta progress will also not transfer to the full retail version of the game. 343 says the beta test is scheduled to end on Monday, August 1 at 10 a.m. PT.
It’s been a long road for Halo Infinite fans waiting to experience Master Chief’s latest adventure with their friends. Before the game’s launch last year, 343 revealed both campaign co-op and Forge wouldn’t be available at launch. We later learned that co-op wouldn’t arrive until May 2022 at the earliest, before last month’s announcement that co-op campaign testing would finally begin this month.
Despite the issues surrounding the game’s multiplayer component, we were big fans of the campaign’s content, awarding it a 9 in our Halo Infinite review. If you’re jumping into the campaign for the first time, or returning to it with friends, don’t miss a thing by playing along with IGN’s Halo Infinite wiki guide.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.