• "Halo Infinite" will feature bots for its multiplayer modes
  • The open beta will only have PvE Slayer playlists versus bots
  • Weapon Drills featuring the game's weapons will be included in the open beta

The open beta for “Halo Infinite” is fast approaching, and 343 Industries has shared a few details on what players can expect when they enter the game for the first time.

The developers are putting two new game features in the spotlight for “Halo Infinite’s” open beta: Bots and Weapon Drills. Players were surprised when 343 Industries announced that bots will be included in the game as this will make “Halo Infinite” the first game in the series to include such a feature for its legendary multiplayer PvP modes.

All multiplayer matches in the open beta will be bot-only. Players won’t be able to fight against each other just yet for the sake of testing the performance of the bots, according to the developers. To achieve this, the game will have a Bot Arena playlist where a team of four players will fight against four bots on Arena maps.

Halo Infinite's multiplayer will bring back classic modes like CTF
Halo Infinite's multiplayer will bring back classic modes like CTF 343 Industries

However, only Bot Slayer mode will be available upon the beta’s launch. The developers will be adding more content on a daily basis based on audience engagement, so players can expect more things to do down the road.

“Halo Infinite’s” bots are designed to be intelligent across all four of their difficulty settings, head of creative Joseph Staten said.

He shared that bots were smart enough to use power-ups, keep track of power weapon spawns, use the new Grappleshot and aggressively push weakened players. Staten said one high-difficulty bot was able to use the Grappleshot together with an Energy Sword, which he described as particularly terrifying.

Apart from bots, players will have access to the new Weapon Drills, which come as part of the new Academy feature. In this mode, players can try out each of the game’s weapons in a free testing environment, allowing them to practice with said weapons before dropping into a live game.

Weapon Drills will drop players inside a target range that has strafing bots for aim practice. There is also a challenge mode in place where players have to deal as much damage as possible to a strafing bot to score points.

Players will have access to Weapon Drills for the following firearms:

  • MA40 AR
  • BR75
  • MK50 Sidekick
  • CQS48 Bulldog
  • Needler
  • VK78 Commando
  • S7 Sniper
  • Plasma Pistol
  • Pulse Carbine
  • Ravager
  • Heatwave
  • Skewer