Halo: Waypoint is adding a new feature to the multiplayer engine. To start, 4 players will face off against 4 bots. This is a standard gameplay from Halo: MCC multiplayer where 4v4 is standard.
Battle Passes are known from other games but in Halo they will be persistent.
To provide a totally new multiplayer experience for players and to gather feedback on Bot behavior and online performance, we’ll be debuting the Bot Arena playlist, which puts 4 players against 4 Bots on Arena maps.
For this technical preview, the Bot Arena experience will feature Slayer across three maps in this build:
- Bot Slayer on Bazaar, Recharge, and Live Fire
To keep players on their toes and keep the experience engaging, we’re planning for a daily content offering that will evolve over the course of the flight based on the overall engagement of participants. We’re going to intentionally start things off slow to help everyone get acclimated but as the community gets up to speed and slays copious amount of Bots our goal is to crank things up to provide greater challenge and variety.
The gameplay of the bots is not designed like the 4 v Covenant coop action in a survival mode with an onslaught of grunts and a bunch jackals along with the odd Elite. This game mode pushes the player to grab ammo as the play continues.
Bot Arena is a great place to familiarize yourself with Halo Infinite’s gameplay and maps in a stress-free environment. The Bots still have their quirks, which is why we’re flighting them, but they certainly aren’t pushovers. Be prepared.
ACADEMY WEAPON DRILLS
As part of the Academy experience, another first for Halo, Weapon Drills offer players a brand-new way to learn how each weapon functions before entering the heat of battle. Dropping you into a firing range area, that features moving and strafing Bots for target practice, Weapon Drills feature different levels of difficulty and a star rating system. The more damage you deal to the Bots, the higher you’ll score.
In this upcoming technical preview, we’re planning to include the following subset of Weapon Drills:
- MA40 AR
- MK50 Sidekick
- CQS48 Bulldog
- VK78 Commando
- S7 Sniper
- Plasma Pistol
- Pulse Carbine
The studio is likely to be able to beta test the game in the home stretch but it is possible special testing modes will be needed. 343 knows this studio well. Playtesting is queued up for July 29, 2021 starting with the multiplayer components.