It was recently announced that the multiplayer aspect of Halo Infinite will be completely free to play, meaning players don’t need to purchase the game or have a Game Pass subscription if they don’t want to play through the campaign. This will likely mean an increased focus on cosmetics and Season/Battle Passes for Microsoft to recoup their money. When it comes to free to play shooters, Battle Royales are still king of the mountain, with games such as Fortnite and Call Of Duty: Warzone still dominating the gaming world. Both rely heavily on cosmetics and Season Passes to make money.
The Japanese Xbox Store listing for Halo Infinite states “Battle Royal Shooting” under genre category, while the Western listing simply states “Shooter”. This could simply be a mistake, but it could also hint at a possible inclusion of a Battle Royale mode in addition to the regular multiplayer. Call Of Duty added the Warzone Battle Royale mode to its existing Modern Warfare multiplayer, and it has become one of the most popular games to play, showing that Battle Royales still have their place in the gaming scene.
It is also interesting that, once upon a time, 343 Industries developer Jeff Easterling once said “I’ll tell you right now, the only BR we’re interested in is Battle Rifle. The original BR. So, calm yourself.” But maybe he’s come around to the idea of 100 Master Chiefs running around Halo. It could be a lot of fun. After all, it breathed new life into the Call Of Duty franchise and has once again taken it to the heights that it was once at during the early 2010s when Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops reigned supreme.
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