Updated, 5:02 PM ETA: Since our story, which began this morning, Microsoft has confirmed the following leak as authentic. Hello endless when launched later this year, it will feature the console’s first free multiplayer content. In response to our questions, Microsoft provided a link to its announcement. The company has yet to clarify whether related rumors about Xbox Live Gold are affected.
Hello endless can offer free access to its multiplayer modes if it is to trust any text removed from the UK online store list.
The Xbox Series X pre-order pre-registration site at Smyths Toys UK retailer included a section on Hello endless that “this pioneering multiplayer gaming experience” as well as “frame rate up to 120 frames per second” will be mentioned in the game this morning. This section has been removed from the current version of the page in the last few hours, but can still be viewed in the latest Google cache (and this snapshot of the web archive).
Free-to-play multiplayer mode would be a big departure for the Internet halo games (and for all Xbox titles) that require a paid Xbox Live subscription to play online from the days of the original Xbox. The wording could also suggest that the multiplayer part could be a completely stand-alone gaming application according to the latest version of Activision. Call of Duty: Warzone.
While a simple and short retail listing is far from being confirmed (and Microsoft has yet to respond to our request for comment), this list comes weeks after Windows Central suggested a similar ability to play multiplayer modes based on the game. “Unconfirmed rumors published by sources around Windows Central. “The developer 343 Industries was also recently described Hello endless “Rather than the beginning of our platform for the future” rather than the continuation of “these numbered titles and all the segments we had before” may indicate a willingness to rip the current state of multiplayer in the series.
Except for haloMicrosoft recently removed the one-year Xbox Live subscription option from its online store, leaving the three-month subscription as the maximum purchase period (however, one-year subscription cards are still available from other retailers). In recent months, Microsoft has also been pushing Xbox Live Gold subscribers to convert their remaining subscriptions to Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions with cheap deals.
Some observers think these steps suggest that Microsoft may soon get rid of Xbox Live Gold altogether to focus on Game Pass (and its library of hundreds of downloadable and soon-to-be-effective games) as its main prepaid gaming service. If that happens, online multiplayer may eventually become a free choice for Xbox gamers, as it was, of course, for PC gamers.
While Microsoft recently showed eight minutes Hello endless single-player gaming, developer 343 Industries said more information on multiplayer modes will come later this year. If the online game modes will actually be played for free, it is likely that we will receive official confirmation. Meanwhile, 343 denied that the delay in pre-release footage means that multiplayer modes will be delayed after the launch of the Xbox X series later this year.