Why Halo Infinite Does Need Battle Royale
One of the most anticipated video games this year, especially in the FPS space, is none other than Halo Infinite. The next entry in the series that will continue the story of Master Chief, Cortana, and the gang after Halo 5: Guardians is a game that many have been waiting years for.
Thus far, 343 Industries’ take on the Halo series has been divisive. Though there are fans of Halo 4, like myself, who like it more than Halo 3, it is needless to say that the game is mixed. And not to mention, there are fans of Halo 5 multiplayer, but not much outside of that considering the ill-fated story campaign.
With Halo Infinite on the horizon and still somehow scheduled to come out this year, many hope this is the moment that the Halo series returns to its roots and makes a long-awaited comeback. This is likely to happen from what we’ve seen, especially with the multiplayer.
Halo Infinite: No Battle Royale Feature Announced
Without a doubt, the Halo Infinite multiplayer is the part that I, and some others, have the most confidence in at this point. The singleplayer story campaign looked problematic when it was finally shown off. We have not seen much of it since then.
That said, the Halo Infinite multiplayer has been shown off recently. It looks quite good, offering some hope that we will get something really special with it. Big team battles, lots of vehicles to use, and a live service take on the experience have our hopes up for what is to come.
However, it is worth mentioning that, while Halo Infinite will likely have a ton of content and game modes, there is one element that it will not have: battle royale. 343 has already announced Halo Infinite no battle royale feature decision, and it is standing by it even now.
We initially heard about the Halo Infinite no battle royale decision in the past, but it has been reiterated to clarify that this is something that we will not experience at all in the game. So, anyone who is still holding out hope that the online multiplayer will come with it should go ahead and accept this decision.
The Halo Infinite No Battle Royale Decision Is a Mistake
However, just because the Halo Infinite no battle royale decision has already been made does not stop me from going over it in great detail. I would say that having no battle royale experience at all in the game is a massive mistake and one that I hope is rectified soon.
I understand that, at this time, there is no battle royale on the way for Halo Infinite, but there is a chance that this could change someday in the future. This is something that I would like to see change. I hope it does, as battle royale would be one of the best new additions to Infinite.
This is why I am here to convince not just you, the reader, but anyone from 343 or Microsoft who happens to read this that it would be a travesty for us to not get a battle royale mode for Halo Infinite. So many other games have branched out and tried it, succeeding in the process.
Take, for example, the two main ones that come to mind: the Titanfall series and Call of Duty Warzone/Blackout. Both franchises existed already and were doing well, but they both propelled to new heights with the addition of battle royale game modes that have now far succeeded their predecessors.
Halo Infinite could follow in the footsteps of Apex Legends and Warzone to make its unique twist on the experience, and this could very well make the game the most popular and successful one to date. I have more reasons beyond that, though, so let us go ahead and get to it.
Battle Royale With Halo Elements Would Be Amazing
For starters, one of the main reasons I think the Halo Infinite no battle royale decision should be reversed is that the two go hand-in-hand quite well. Having a Halo-themed battle royale game would be among the best in the genre instantly if done right.
Take, for example, the fact that Halo has always had large maps. Give us a new location that is often larger than any other map that we have seen in the game to date and put 100 (or more) Spartans on the same battlefield to fight to the death.
Give us multiple game modes like solo and four players, and the chaos will ensue, especially in the squads version. There will be many Warthogs and Banshees lying around the battlefield that players will be able to get into and use to take out their enemies in combat.
Furthermore, Halo is a series that has been among the greats in offering ground loot guns that you can find on the field and pick up in the middle of a match to use. Battle royale is a game mode that uses that same mentality, so why not go ahead and offer an experience like that in Infinite?
The massive scale of dozens of players battling over a single spot with some flying around, others trying to sneak up and get the drop on enemies, and others still try to blow the vehicles up with their rocket launchers would be pure chaos in the best possible way. It just needs to happen.
Halo Multiplayer Is Already Free-to-Play
Let us move from the fact that Halo Infinite battle royale would be an extraordinary experience and go into the other reasons why this should happen, like the fact that the game’s multiplayer will be free-to-play on PC and Xbox, without the need for Xbox Game Pass.
This is a monumental moment for the series. Not even the Call of Duty or Battlefield franchises have attempted something like that and have gone in the opposite direction, doubling down on the premium online multiplayer experience.
In this way, Halo Infinite is already breaking new ground. What is not new, though, are battle royale games that are free-to-play. That is the status quo now, with even Activision moving away from the premium experience that Blackout was in Black Ops 4 and offering an entirely free game with Warzone.
With Microsoft and 343 already going to offer Halo Infinite multiplayer as free, it stands to reason that we should go ahead and get a battle royale game mode to go with it. It is not like a Black Ops 4 situation where you have a paid multiplayer game and a battle royale mode you’re also throwing in there.
That would cause some issues if that were the case, but it is not, so there is no reason not to offer a free battle royale game mode, too.
A Battle Pass System Goes Hand-in-Hand With Battle Royale
The next point goes right along with the last one. That is the fact that we already know that Halo Infinite will have a battle pass system. And to make matters worse, battle royale invented the battle pass system of live service games, so it is astonishing not to offer it in Infinite.
Given that the Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free for all players, Microsoft has to make money somehow. That is where the battle pass comes into play. There will be numerous paid battle passes that users can purchase, and they will progress through them.
The items you will be able to get from the paid battle pass are cosmetic ones only, and 343 is already shaking everything up by ensuring that every single seasonal pass will be permanently in the game from the moment it launches.
This ensures that someone will never miss out on a particular pass after a few months because they will always be able to purchase any past ones that they missed out on. Having this innovative system without battle royale to accompany it would be a mistake since they go so perfectly together. This is proven in the games with highly successful battle passes, like Fortnite, Apex Legends, PUBG, Warzone, PUBG Mobile, COD Mobile, and more.
It Could Propel the Halo Series to New Heights
Speaking of the battle pass system, having a battle royale mode in Halo Infinite would likely result in some impressive successes for 343 and Microsoft alike. As mentioned with other series, battle royale game modes have been the breakthrough moment for many franchisees and developers.
Even though Fortnite is a brand new game, it has even accomplished this with the fact that the Save the World PvE mode might have been modestly successful on its own, but the battle royale mode took the game and Epic Games to new levels that were previously unheard of.
The same was done for Respawn Entertainment and the Titanfall series with Apex Legends, and even the juggernaut that is Call of Duty was able to break new records for itself with Warzone. And then there is the fourth juggernaut in the genre, PUBG, that started an entire genre because of its success.
I would be quite disappointed if I were an investor or stockholder in 343/Microsoft from a business perspective. I found out that Halo Infinite was not going to have a battle royale mode, especially when looking at these past successes for other companies.
Microsoft is almost literally throwing away money by not offering a Halo Infinite battle royale mode that would most likely make the game’s multiplayer far more successful than it would be without it. With both creative and business motivations behind it, there is no reason at all that we should not have a Halo Infinite battle royale game mode.
Is There Hope for Halo Battle Royale in the Future?
So, that brings me to my final point, which is a simple question: will we get a Halo Infinite battle royale game mode in the future? Like any speculative question like this, it is impossible to know one way or another, but I guess that it will happen, but not for a while.
343 has made it abundantly clear time and time again that Halo Infinite will not have battle royale. Unless they are lying for no apparent reason, this is true and will not happen at the launch of the game’s multiplayer component.
There is very little chance at all that 343 could turn around and make a high-quality battle royale game mode in the time between now and the launch of the multiplayer segment. But that does not mean that it is not currently in development at this time, or it could be developed as soon as the game releases.
Priorities could shift. The development team could begin working on a battle royale game mode. At the very least, I could see one release sometime next year, most likely around the first anniversary of Halo Infinite or with the launch of a new season.
This gives players plenty of time to get in there, enjoy the multiplayer content, take full advantage of what is there, and possibly start to get tired of the same old maps and the like. That would be a great time to swoop in and offer a battle royale experience that would not only freshen everything for existing players but likely bring in a whole lot of new ones, too. For now, though, that is purely speculation, so we will have to wait and see.