343 Industries has revealed it will be using Halo Infinite to draw a line in the sand when it comes to gaming’s current battle royale trend.
During a lengthy livestream on Halo’s Mixer Channel, countless fans asked the developer if a battle royale mode was being planned for Infinite. In response, 343 Industries writer Jeff Easterling confirmed the upcoming continuation of Master Chief’s story will not include the popular multiplayer mode. “I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle,” Easterling said. “The original BR. So, calm yourself.”
While the majority of what Infinite will have to offer is still a mystery, players can now at least cross off one possible feature from the list. As the shooter still seems a long way away from release, the current fascination with the mode could be long gone by the time it launches anyway.
However, the trend’s questionable sustainability hasn’t stopped other developers from following in the footsteps of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Epic Games’ Fortnite. Recently, both Battlefield V and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 were announced to include the last-man-standing survival mode. Even Xaviant’s The Culling 2 was trying to join in on the success of Fortnite, but sadly, that attempt didn’t work out too well.
Halo Infinite is currently in development for Xbox One and PC.