Whispers of a Halo Infinite Battle Royale mode have been around for a while now, but 343 Industries has yet to confirm or deny the rumors. Will Halo Infinite see a Warzone-style playlist? We’ve rounded up all the leaks and clues so far.
Halo Infinite received critical acclaim in 2021, and the Season 2 update brought a plethora of all-new content for players to enjoy, including a new Battle Pass, maps, and more.
One feature that might appeal to fans would be a Warzone or Apex Legends-style mode, a concept that would be brand new to the Halo franchise. Is 343 Industries working on a Battle Royale Halo Infinite?
Is Certain Affinity developing the Halo BR?
Certain Affinity, a studio that has been involved in the development of many Halo games in the past, announced on April 13, 2022 that it was “deepening” its relationship with 343 business sectorsand will “evolve” Halo Infinite in the future.
In response to the announcement, well-known leaker Tom Henderson tweeted “where we drop the boys,” a popular phrase uttered by battle royale players.
Halo Infinite Battle Royale mode release date leaked
Leaker ‘Sean W’ claims Halo Infinite’s Battle Royale mode won’t arrive until Fall 2023 at the earliest. Indeed, the developers are currently testing the battle royale map which requires “a lot of work”.
The leaker added that this date is not final and that the developers are trying to prepare this mode as soon as possible, but it “definitely won’t happen this year”.
Halo Infinite Tatanka battle royale mode leaks
Reddit user “yutuyo” discovered that Certain Affinity’s internal project name is “Tatanka”, which they claim is also the name of a professional wrestler known for winning a 40-man battle royal.
According to a report by data miner “Infiniteleaks”, Halo Infinite’s Tatanka Battle Royale mode will drop players into shrinking areas of the map. This leak lists drop pods, a containment area, reviving knocked down players, and bleeding downed players in the game settings.
You may be able to play multi-team as part of duos and quads with up to 100 players in Tatanka. This game mode is also said to support between 60 and 100 bots. Four different objective types have been leaked for this mode: Capture, Supply Run, Destroy, and Hoard.
Windows Central’s Jez Corden tweeted that Tatanka has been in development since Spring 2020 and should be a “major feature” while 343 Industries is focusing on Halo Infinite’s core multiplayer as well as a new DLC story.
Corden described Tatanka as a PvPvE (player versus player versus environment) battle royale type experience. This lines up with previous leaks claiming that fans will be able to fight bots as well as other players.
However, he also added that players should take this last part with a grain of salt. Corden tweeted: “Just to add, still not 100% on the PvE part, conflicting info on some gameplay details.”
While this all sounds exciting, it’s worth bearing in mind that this information is based on leaks and speculation, so it’s best to wait for the developers of Halo Infinite to check it all out themselves.
Dr Disrespect leaks Halo battle royale
As early as September 2021, even before Halo Infinite launched, streaming superstar Dr Disrespect claimed to have “inside information” about a new Battle Royale mode.
He said on live that BR would have a staggering 300 players and electric weapons would take center stage.
“From what I heard 300 players, set loop, electric weapons on the map, the map designed around electric weapons and locations and points of interest,” Dr Disrespect said.
That player count would dwarf its rivals’ lobby size, but the creator thought that shouldn’t affect performance, adding that the mode would feel “really good, supposedly, super optimized”.
Leaked Halo BR audio file
While it’s yet to materialize, it seems 343 at least considered including a battle royale in Halo Infinite long before it was released. In August 2021, shortly after the first technical preview, data miners discovered audio files that strongly hinted that a BR would one day arrive.
In the short clip, fans could hear the familiar voice of Halo’s beloved multiplayer announcer, Jeff Steitzer, saying the words “battle royale.”
Linesman of Steitzer at the start of each Halo Infinite match, declaring which mode players are about to enter. If the iconic announcer has recorded lines for a battle royale, it’s safe to say the mode is in the works somewhere.
That was all we knew about the Halo Infinite Battle Royale mode so far. For more on Halo Infinite, check out the details for the upcoming Forge Mode as well as the June 14 Halo Infinite Patch Notes.
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