Halo Devs Confirm: No Plans for Battle Royale Mode

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Via Comicbook.com - If 2018 could be summed up in two words they would probably be battle royale. The genre took the gaming world by storm with the advent of titles like PUBG and Fortnite earlier this year, with both games hosting millions of concurrent players at one point or another and raking in boatloads of revenue. Now it has found its way into other franchises as well, with both Call of Duty and Battlefield implementing battle royale modes into their latest entries. However, it seems that one beloved series has no plans of following this latest trend after comments by 343 industry employee Jeff Easterling. He affirmed that there are no plans to include any battle royale game type in the upcoming Halo Infinite. Easterling stated, “I'll tell you right now, the only BR we're really interested in is Battle Rifle.", which is possibly the most appropriately dorky way of answering that question.  

A BR game mode might definitely seem tempting to some but after 5 mins of running around looking for someone you’ll probably be wondering why the hell you didn’t just cue up for Big Team Battle.

A BR game mode might definitely seem tempting to some but after 5 mins of running around looking for someone you’ll probably be wondering why the hell you didn’t just cue up for Big Team Battle.

This is just one of several signs that point at an attempt by 343 to return to the roots of what made Halo great in the first place after the fairly lackluster Halo 5. Rather than shoe-horning in a genre that would honestly feel pretty out of place in the traditional arena based gameplay of Halo, they decided to focus on the fundamentals. Halo multiplayer works best on small to midsize maps with an emphasis on dominating advantageous positions and weapon spawn locations. I just can’t see the constant fast paced engagements that you get during a round of Slayer ever being superseded by the more deliberate pacing present in a battle royale. That’s just my opinion though and if Halo history is anything to go by than you can guarantee that the ever robust Forge mode will once again be returning the series. You can expect to see all manner of player created concoctions emerging from this feature and it wouldn’t surprise me if a BR mode is among them.     

Now I’m not hating on BR by any means; I definitely enjoyed my time playing PUBG when it first came out and I still can see this game type working quite well for some other franchises. There is no denying that the battle royale craze has become something of a cultural phenomenon, but like with all zeitgeist, their lifespan is finite. While the BR genre does not appear to be losing steam any time soon, I do have the faint impression that it has reached a plateau in terms of popularity. If 2018 is anything to go by, 2019 will feature yet another deluge of BR copycats and tacked on game modes that will only add to the saturation the gaming community is already feeling. Eventually, I feel, people will just start to move on to other things and the battle royale express will start to slow to a crawl. That’s not to say it will disappear completely; far from it in fact. BR has made far too big an impact to simply fall into obscurity; it will most likely end up in the realm of other modes, like Capture the Flag or King of the Hill. It will still be there but it will no longer be seen as something that is the major selling point of a game and instead just one component of a larger piece.