Last week we reported that the Halo Infinite multiplayer mode could be free-to-play after a Smyth’s retail listing leaked the information. In addition, details about the game’s frame rate, and it running at 120FPS were also leaked. 343 Industries confirmed over the weekend that the listing was correct. Halo Infinite will include a free-to-play multiplayer mode that is set to run at 120FPS. However, the Japanese Xbox page now listed a Halo Infinite battle royale mode which may or may not be correct.
According to the listing, which has since been pulled down, the genre was is as “Battle royale shooting”. The store listing also details the publisher, release date and developer. Nothing else to see there.
— Halo (@Halo) July 31, 2020
On one hand, this news won’t come as a surprise. The genre is hugely popular and given the fact that the multiplayer aspect of the game is free, a battle royale mode will give the mass influx of players the opportunity to fill up the servers without the initial cost of the game. However, 343 Industries will have to compete with the other dozen popular games at the same time. Will the “Halo” aspect be enough to draw players in? Perhaps so.
The Halo Infinite battle royale mode, if true will join the likes of Call of Duty Warzone, Hyper Scape, Fortnite, PUBG and many games that offer the mode. Not to mention the rumoured Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War battle royale mode which is set to launch later this year too.
I have no doubt that 343 Industries will be able to pull off a great Halo Infinite battle royale mode given Halo’s fantastic multiplayer track record. However, there’s still concern surrounding the oversaturated genre and Halo’s mediocre gameplay reveal. Only time will tell what the plans are for the upcoming shooter. Keep in mind that this is also not confirmed yet so take it with a pinch of salt for now.