Leaks are pretty common, but few games are quite as leaky as Halo Infinite. The latest info dump about the game that is poised to be one of the year's biggest releases just spoiled the whole Season Pass rewards track, including both free and paid progress paths.
If you are not planning to fork over the cash for the Pass, expect a lot of empty levels.
Like so many AAA titles these days, Halo has adopted the Season Pass approach to monetized multiplayer. While Halo Infinite's multiplayer modes themselves will be free to play with some limitations, paying customers will have access to more content and more rewards. Now we know how much more, exactly.
Overall, the Halo Infinite Season Pass will offer a total of 120 levels for players to progress through, and pass owners will get a reward for every single level they clear. Sometimes it's minor stuff like a consumable XP boost, but usually the rewards are pretty substantial, and lackluster recompense isn't ever doled out in a row.
However, if you are a free player, then expect to get nothing at all for clearing a level about half the time. Based on the datamined rewards track, it seems like 60 of the 120 levels have no rewards for the free tier, but the leaked info may not be entirely accurate. However, we wouldn't really expect things to be different upon launch.
On the one hand, it's a bummer to progress through a level with nothing to show for it. But even so the free tier does have rewards every other level, and the fact that Halo Infinite's multiplayer will be available entirely free of charge at all is already a pretty major bonus - as well as those 60 levels of rewards. One way of looking at it is that Microsoft and 343 could have just locked all rewards behind a Season Pass paywall.
Halo Infinite launches on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on the 15th of November, 2021.