Halo Infinite multiplayer beta hits 272.6k Steam concurrent users on first day

Halo Infinite multiplayer beta hits 272.6k Steam concurrent users on first day

Xbox Game Studios' latest release, Halo Infinite, has already hit over 272,000 concurrent users on Steam.

That's according to SteamDB, which reports that the title had a high of 272,586 people playing simultaneously within hours of developer 343 Industries releasing a multiplayer beta for the sci-fi shooter yesterday (Monday, November 15th).

This was done to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Halo franchise, which made its debut alongside the original Xbox back in 2001.

At the time of writing, the title boasts 78,165 concurrent users.

Halo Infinite has also been popular on streaming service Twitch, too. SteamDB also reports that the game hit a peak of 246,945 users watching broadcasts of the title at the same time.

Halo Infinite was announced back at E3 2018 and was initially meant to launch alongside Microsoft's Xbox Series X and S consoles at the end of 2020. The title was bumped into autumn 2021 after a less-than-stellar demo to fans.

The sci-fi shooter was pencilled in for a December 2021 release in August of this year.

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