While a Halo Infinite Battle Royale has yet to be made official, a wide array of gameplay leaks, insider reports, and studio teasers all seem to be pointing in the same direction. Here’s everything we know about the rumored project – Tatanka.
Despite launching with a lot of hype behind it, Halo Infinite’s core multiplayer hasn’t exactly maintained its initial momentum. With a struggling player base and infrequent updates, many have turned to 343 Industries to offer a Battle Royale mode in hopes of saving the title.
Although nothing has been confirmed yet, it seems almost certain that a BR mode is indeed in the works. When we’ll see it, what it looks like and how it works remains a mystery for now.
But with an assortment of early leaks and insider reports, we can begin to piece together a picture of the supposed Tatanka project. So here’s a full breakdown of everything we know about the Halo Infinity BR so far.
A Halo Infinite Battle Royale could revive the floundering 343 version.
Is Halo Infinite Battle Royale officially in development?
While all signs point to it, a possible Halo Infinite Battle Royale is still to be confirmed. Microsoft continues to keep its cards close to the chest on this one, which means we haven’t heard anything official about a BR mode yet.
Although with months of rumours, leaks and even a recent Developer announcements are piling up, it looks like a BR is almost inevitable.
If a BR is indeed in development, reports point to Certain Affinity as the team responsible. This studio filled with former Bungie devs has worked with 343 on the Halo franchise for a long time and recently announced plans to “deepen” their relationship.
We were part of @Halo franchise for over 15 years and we are honored to say that we are deepening our relationship with 343 and have been tasked with evolving Halo Infinite in new and exciting ways. Join us on our journey. https://t.co/fApGobYZS3 pic.twitter.com/XSuS7EtLcq
— Certain Affinity (@CertainAffinity) April 12, 2022
Certain Affinity reportedly worked on a standalone project named “Tatanka,” according to industry insider Jez Corden. Doubling down on his claims, Corden also noted Tatanka “started development around spring 2020,” meaning the project is believed to have been in development for over two years.
The codename itself lends credence to BR’s theories as Tatanka was a former professional wrestler best known for winning a 40-man match royal.
Possible Halo Infinite Battle Royale release window
Corden also provided further details on a edition of The Xbox Two podcast saying “I think there’s no deadline, if it’s not ready they won’t ship it until season 4 which is probably why they don’t haven’t fully announced it yet.”
The idea being that a Battle Royale mode could possibly launch with Halo Infinite Season 3 at the end of the year on November 8, 2022.
Obviously, it’s worth taking this information with a grain of salt for now. Plans can certainly change throughout development, and given Infinite’s track record of both the co-op campaign and Forge being delayed since launch, BR might follow suit.
Even though Microsoft has yet to confirm its existence, Halo Infinite’s potential BR has seen a wide range of leaks in recent months. From the codename itself to specific game settings, we already have a lot to do.
BR mode will apparently feature four separate playlists. Only two distinct lobby sizes can be supported, although players apparently have the choice of playing solo or in teams.
Below is an overview leak Tatanka Lobby Sizes:
- Tatanka with 60 robots – The last team wins! Twenty teams of 3
- Tatanka with 100 robots – The last team wins! Twenty-five teams of 4
- Tatanka FFA with 60 Bots – Last surviving player wins! (with 60 bots)
- Tatanka FFA with 100 Bots – Last surviving player wins! (with 100 bots)
Various in-game settings leaks may have also revealed a number of key BR features. For starters, it looks like players will drop into the BR map via ODST-style “Drop Pods”.
A “Containment Zone” is also present, no different from any other BRs like Warzone, Apex Legends, and Fortnite, all of which feature reduced safe zones.
Finally, players also seem to have a number of unique side missions to earn in BR mode. Similar to Warzone Contracts, the leaked settings revealed operations such as capturing areas, supply runs, and destroying bases in Tatanka.
It’s still early days, so be sure to check back often as we’ll keep you posted here with all the latest details regarding Halo Infinite’s Battle Royale mode.