Since January, the 343 Industries teams have arranged for us to have a monthly meeting called Inside Infinite. For this month of July, the article focuses on test flights, those test phases that prepare for the title’s scheduled launch in late 2021.
Who will be able to access it?
As one of the first to access trial versions of versions Halo infinite, you have to participate in the program Halo insider. This from 343 Industries in the development of the development Hello: TMCC and each of its seasons in recent years has been described as essential to the success of the compilation. To enter the program you will need:
However, registration does not necessarily mean access to the technical preview or future tests of the title. The number of Insiders invited to each phase will depend on the objectives of each test conducted by the 343 Industries teams. For the technical preview, the developers want a group of players who represent the various media (Xbox One, Xbox Series and various PC configurations). Long-standing insiders are prioritized at the start.
What is the purpose of these tests?
The first stage of testing will be special: in fact, it will be not only a simple gameplay test and others, but also as a Technical preview. Between an alpha and a beta, this multi-month version is intended to test the stability of the title and the various systems connected to it. To do this, the 343 Industries teams also had to work on monitoring tools that, for example, test the consistency of matchmaking. It is therefore important to have a panel of players on multiple media to check if the game freezes, crashes or otherwise. This requires many testers at the same time, which is the main reason for integrating members of the Halo Insider program.
All online systems have to go through this as well: Matchmaking, server sizing, challenges, statistics or progress in the Battle Pass and much more have to function optimally at the exit. This technical preview will therefore make it possible to approximate the real conditions expected by the developers.
What will the development team learn?
With hundreds of thousands of players, that’s tons of data 343 Industries will have at their disposal. By doing this, they can ensure the proper functioning of every key element of the business Halo infinite in time to adjust it before its release. Whether through the use of telemetry software or server logs, all information can be captured easily. And the players will also be an integral part of the process: a special error reporting system and questionnaires will be set up after the test. A team is also organized to analyze player feedback, be it on the Halo Waypoint forums, r / Halo, Twitter or the videos shared on various social networks.
The different responses are then summarized on different topics, which are sent by the developers. You will therefore judge if and when to make changes, because not all will be achievable before the Master Chief’s adventures are released. But that’s not a problem for them Halo infinite It is planned to register in the long term. Each topic will be the subject of an answer available on the Halo Waypoint website. The 343 Industries teams would like to learn more about how testers felt about:
- The heart of the gameplay
- The different maps and game modes
- The academy
- Menu navigation and the Battle Pass system.
Hundreds of thousands of Halo Insider members will be invited to this initial technical preview, while the selection will be expanded later if all goes well. If you are not selected, you will still have access to images: every tester will be able to send content or shoot videos during this test phase. The final date has not yet been set, but this first phase could start this weekend. Before the tests begin, a developer stream is run in which everything is explained in detail.