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Halo Infinite Leak Seems to Confirm Battle Royale Mode

A datamine from Halo Infinite's first technical preview seems to confirm a battle royale mode is set to launch in the franchise for the first time.
A datamine from Halo Infinite's first technical preview seems to confirm a battle royale mode is set to launch in the franchise for the first time. / Photo courtesy of 343 Industries

A seemingly major hint has arisen from datamining of Halo Infinite's first technical preview that suggests the franchise will indeed be implementing a battle royale mode in some form or fashion with its next title.

After 343 Industries confirmed that some content from the upcoming game's campaign was mistakenly left in the beta's files, allowing data miners to pull them up and discover details of the new story, it appears there were also substantial leaks to be had in the multiplayer side of things.

Originally posted on resetera on July 30, the leak is apparently a voice audio clip of Halo's iconic multiplayer announcer, Jeff Steitzer, saying the two of the most polarizing words in gaming at the moment—battle royale.

The audio clip is in good enough quality to suggest it was done in a studio, and definitely matches the type of work that Steitzer has put out with Halo previously.

However, it is worth mentioning that with the capabilities of synthetic speech technology nowadays, this could easily be an AI generated clip, or even simply something Steitzer recorded for fun.

On the other hand, this clip could also just be something 343 has had planned for a smaller, battle royale-style LTM experience rather than a full-blown competitor to the likes of Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone.

If indeed Halo Infinite were to have a battle royale game mode, separate area in the main menu and all, there's no question the amount of excitement and chatter that would generate in the gaming world.

Halo Infinite is scheduled to launch Holiday 2021 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC.