You can add Big Team Battle to a list of Halo standbys that will be absent from Halo 5: Guardians at launch.
On Twitter yesterday, Executive Producer Josh Holmes confirmed that the playlist, which traditionally offered a mix of game modes with a larger, 8-on-8 team size, will not be present in the game on day one.
Warzone promises 12-on-12-on-AI battles of a size never before seen in the Halo franchise, including the biggest maps to date. While Halo fans may have to wait a bit for their “vintage” BTB mode, at least they’ll have something to keep them busy while they wait.
The other major omission from Halo 5 is, of course, split-screen play, which Holmes explained last month had to be omitted to allow the team at 343 Industries to accomplish their ambitions for the game’s campaign. Development Director Frank O’Connor recently confirmed that the studio will not be able to bring the feature back, calling the work that would be required to do so “non-trivial.”
Halo 5: Guardians releases October 27th, 2015 and is an Xbox One exclusive.