A datamine of the recent Halo Infinite multiplayer tech preview has revealed an audio clip of the iconic Halo announcer saying “battle royale”.
The leak was first shared on Resetera and could possibly point towards a Call of Duty: Warzone-style addition to Halo Infinite’s multiplayer modes.
This is in contradiction to 343 Industries’ previous stance. Devs suggested back in 2019 that a battle royale mode was “not planned” for Halo Infinite. So take this rumor with a pinch of salt. Sentiments may have changed since, especially with the popularity of the game mode and the announcement that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer will be free-to-play, much like all battle royale games and game modes so far.
With the release of the game still slated for later in 2021, in November if rumors are to be believed, it is hard to imagine that 343 would not already have announced a battle royale mode if it was slated to be available at launch.
However, that does not rule out the addition of the mode post-launch. EA had the same approach to the release of Firestorm, their battle royale mode for Battlefield. That approach has not worked well though. Battlefield: Firestorm did not light the world on fire on release. It had mostly slipped into obscurity before experiencing a small resurgence earlier in the year. On the other hand, Fortnite followed a similar timeline of release and has turned into one of the biggest games ever.
The data mining also led to some significant leaks regarding Halo Infinite’s campaign and story. As the result of a small number of Halo Infinite campaign files being “unintentionally” included in the preview build of the game.
Confirmation that the campaign leaks for Halo Infinite are indeed legitimate gives credence to the battle royale leak. The truth of the matter remains unclear at the moment. Expect a statement and/or reveal from Microsoft and 343 Industries soon.
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