Halo Infinite Multiplayer Beta Begins

As part of today's Xbox 20th Anniversary celebrations Microsoft sprung the surprise that a Halo Infinite multiplayer beta is now available. This gives PC and console players the chance to play the multiplayer component for free before the full release of the shooter sequel on December 8th and multiplayer season one begins in January. The Windows version is available on Steam where there's this explanation of what to expect. Here's a bit:
Why is this release a beta? Our previous Multiplayer Technical Previews went a long way to battle-testing our services and infrastructure. But as we prepare for a significant increase in the number of players jumping into Halo Infinite on launch day, December 8th, we want to ensure all our systems are good-to-go. While you may experience some bumps and bugs during this beta period, it does mark the official start of Halo Infinite Season 1, with all day-one maps and modes enabled as well as the full Season 1 Battle Pass. This means all the Battle Pass and customization items you earn or purchase during the beta will stay with you after December 8th.

When you start playing the beta, you will notice in the Battle Pass UI that Season 1 will last from now until May 2022, which is a change from our original goal of shipping a new Season every three months. We made the decision to extend Season 1 to give ourselves more time to ensure Season 2 meets our high quality bar and so we can finish development for Season 2 in a healthy and sustainable way for our team.