Halo Infinite data miners say they found a “battle royale” sound
I sure didn’t think years ago that the upstart “battle royale” shooting format would survive long enough to upset a major series like Halo, and yet here we are. 343 Industries have said that they are not making a Halo Infinite battle royale mode and yet the rumors and speculation persist. Now an audio file allegedly pulled from data from the weekend’s first Halo Infinite technical preview loudly proclaims “battle royale!” in no uncertain terms. Naturally, everyone is wondering again if a massive Last Spartan Standing mode is really in the future of Halo.
Halo Infinite released its first technical preview for Halo Insiders last week, and of course those insiders have already got their hands dirty looking for secrets. Data-miners have already discovered story spoilers from the technical preview and now claim to have found a rather interesting sound file.
I’ll let it speak for itself:
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If you can’t hear, it’s a fairly short clip of what appears to be the well-known multiplayer announcer from the Halo series declaring “Battle Royale!”
Since the year is 2021 my first thought is of course that this could be a fake. It’s not hard to imagine people wanting to generate a bit of additional speculation on the subject of a possible Battle Royale mode in Halo Infinite. We reached out to Xbox Game Studios to comment on whether or not the audio is genuine and I’ll be sure to let everyone know if we hear one way or another.
Even if this is a very real sound clip destined for the eventual release of Halo Infinite, it may not be the 100-player Last Spartan Standing mode. As others have speculated on The charge where the audio was shared, this could be a simple alternative to Slayer mode in Infinite’s free multiplayer mode. It could also be a bit cheeky available in Infinite’s Forge mode or custom games.
Real or fake, big or small, people are very happy to keep chatting about what a Halo Infinite battle royale mode could look like and whether they want it or not.
Battle Royales are clearly here to stay for a while, they are fun after all, so now even the biggest of the great series are expected to answer whether their next games will include one or not. Obviously Call Of Duty: Warzone already exists. Meanwhile, the next Battlefield 2042 will not have a battle royale mode.
343 have previously given some different answers on the subject, saying in 2018 that, “The only ‘BR’ we’re really interested in is ‘Battle Rifle’. The original BR.” In 2019 they gave a more open response. In 2020, 343 referred to Halo Infinite as a “platform for the future.” and said that “It’s really about creating Halo Infinite as the beginning of the next ten years for Halo and then building it as we move forward with our fans and the community.”
In the end, heck, who knows? If 343 had a giant Spartan royale mode in the works for release, I find it hard to believe it would still be under wraps. However, with its plans to support Infinite for many years, and the continued popularity of the BR format, an Infinite royale mode could still happen one day.
Elsewhere in the technical updates for Infinite, you can see a full multiplayer match from last week.
Halo Infinite plans to launch this holiday season with a new John Spartan story campaign, free multiplayer and cross-platform play between PC and Xbox players.