22 Jan 2021 10:13 AM +00:00

Halo Infinite won't include battle royale according to leaker

Halo Infinite, the latest installment in the iconic Halo franchise, is set to debut this year. Fans are anxiously awaiting the third entry in the Reclaimer Trilogy, especially what it'll offer in terms of multiplayer.

Halo Infinite Battle Royale

The team at 343 Industries has been hard at work bringing the latest Halo installment to life following its delay into 2021.

It's been rumored for some time to include a battle royale mode, a development no doubt in part owing to how popular the genre has been.

According to Xbox leaker Klobrille, it looks like that won't be the case. Redditor jackthegreat8 sussed out a tweet from the source, who claimed: "I know there won't be a Battle Royale mode."

A first look at vanilla Halo Infinite multiplayer.
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Halo Infinite's multiplayer looked fantastic during its first reveal.

"To my limited knowledge, instead the team is creating a 'Big Team Battle 2.0' mode, which is a better fit for Halo, including massively enhanced vehicular combat, squad spawning, incoming Pelican drops, and many more surprises," Klobrille contended. "

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Battle royale rumors have plagued Halo Infinite seemingly from the moment the game was announced.

Despite the fact that community manager Brian Jarrad had taken to Twitter in November 2020 to clear the air of "unfounded Halo Infinite rumors," fans seem to believe the game is still meant to include a battle royale mode.

Jarrard stated he was "aware" the rumors could be quelled with real news to the contrary back then, stating that the team had things it was overdue on sharing.

However, he didn't confirm or deny specifically whether Halo Infinite would be getting a battle royale mode, leaving fans to continue to speculate.

Halo Infinite Big Team Battle

In truth, a battle royale mode for Halo doesn't seem to fit the series' tone. Big Team Battle, however, does make sense as a multiplayer addition.

Big Team Battle is a matchmaking playlist containing games for two teams of eight. This can include modes like Slayer or CTF, with a maximum number of 16 players.

Players wearing various iterations of Halo armor in multiplayer.
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Halo's Big Team Battle playlist is a favorite for players.

Only larger maps are eligible for this playlist, which included classics like Headlong, Zanzibar, Containment, and Waterworks.

It's unclear what, if any, changes a Halo Infinite version of Big Team Battle would undergo for release.

But this leak certainly feels credible in that this seems like a perfectly viable way for multiplayer to lean instead of battle royale, which could end up oversaturating the industry, already lousy with similar games like PUBG and Fortnite.

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