After a year of delay, Halo Infinite launches in full for PC and Xbox players.
Following the launch of multiplayer after a surprise beta launch last month, the campaign sees the return of Master Chief some seven years after the release of Halo 5: Guardians.
This page will cover Halo Infinite release times in your region, as well as preload times and download size so you know what to expect beforehand.
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Halo Infinite Campaign: Digital Foundry Technical Review.
How to download and install the Halo Infinite campaign
UPDATE (December 8, 6:30 pm): The Halo Infinite campaign is now live! To start downloading, make sure you have the free multiplayer client downloaded. If it was already installed, get the latest update (for us it was around 4GB), then select the “campaign” option in the main menu and then download it. (If this does not appear, try restarting your system.)
This will take you to the “manage game” screen. Here you can download the campaign. Select it from the list, press Apply.
Now keep the client open while the campaign downloads.
Do you want to increase download speed? Then the developer 343 recommends existing the game and suspending the console to increase the download speed.
Finally, don’t forget to select skull locations as you go!
When is Halo Infinite released? Halo Infinite UK release time explained/GMT, CEST, EST and PST
ORIGINAL ARTICLE: The Halo Infinite release date is Wednesday, December 8, with the same release time in all regions and on PC and Xbox platforms.
Halo Infinite release times are as follows for your region:
- United Kingdom: 18:00 hours (GMT)
- Europe: 7:00 p.m. (CEST)
- US East Coast: 1 pm (EST)
- US West Coast: 10am (PST)
This means that those in Europe will have to wait until the end of the business day before they can start downloading and playing. Great if you don’t have the day off from work, but frustrating if you expect to start playing as soon as you wake up.
The Halo Infinite Winter Update is here, announcing the Halo Infinite co-op release date. Starting the story? Learn how to download and install the Halo Infinite campaign and lists of skull locations, Mjolnir Armor Lockers, and Spartan Cores. including the commando rifle, fusion coil and a kill. If you’re looking to rise to the challenge, then Halo Infinite’s ranking system is waiting for you.
Halo Infinite Preload and Download Size Explained
Not only will you have to wait until the end of the day in Europe to start playing, but preloading Halo Infinite also has its complications.
The main one is that there is no full preload of the campaign, even if you have a physical copy of the game, which requires a download anyway.
Digitally, despite what appears in the Xbox app on PC and the Xbox Game Pass app on mobile, both will simply try to update the multiplayer client and then stop immediately.
Despite what the Xbox for PC listing suggests, there is no campaign download.
This means that you will have to download the campaign once it launches at the above times. To help prepare, developer 343 recommends downloading the existing Halo Infinite multiplayer client, which will give you a head start.
This means you’ll have less to download when the campaign launches: 25.86 GB vs. the full 48.42 GB.
The approximate download sizes for Halo Infinite are as follows:
It’s unfortunate that the campaign can’t be preloaded, but if you can download the multiplayer in the next few hours, you’ll save a little time.