Halo and Battle Royale has always sounded like the bacon and eggs of the multiplayer world. By which I mean they need to be put between two slices of bread and gobbled up pronto. It’s a series that popularised multiplayer FPS on consoles, as well as large maps and vehicles, and it basically looks like the perfect fit for Battle Royale. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see a naked Master Chief dropping from a Pelican and scrabbling around for a frying pan and his beloved assault armour.
After watching Halo Infinite revealed at E3 2018, it seemed almost certain that Microsoft and 343 Industries were thinking along the same lines. Well, think again. 343 Industries has no interest whatsoever in crowbarring in a Battle Royale mode to Halo Infinite. Booooo. Hissss.
“I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle. The original BR. So, calm yourself,” said 343 and Halo Infinite writer Jeff Easterling, calming a fraught member of the Halo community who’d presumably woken up in a cold sweat and wondered if Fortnite was going to ruin their beloved franchise. Sleep easy ‘Grim Brother One’, 100 Cortanas won’t jump out of a party bus.
I’m probably alone here but I’m actually a little disappointed. For a few years Halo was one of my favourite franchise but I dropped off when Halo 3 arrived. A massive-scale battle royale with the token high time-to-kill and moon boots gameplay of Halo could have been the magic touch to tempt me into Halo Infinite. It was always the obvious answer to what Halo Infinite would be though, so now we’re even more curious as to what the heck the game is actually going to be.