343 Industries offers up an in-depth look at some raw gameplay of Big Team Battle in Halo Infinite, showcasing new mechanics and more.
A new community live stream centered around the upcoming Halo Infinite multiplayer tech preview also showed Big Team Battle gameplay for the first. Big Team Battle is one of the most beloved modes in the Halo franchise due to how it incorporates vehicles, large-scale maps, and expands beyond the arena gameplay of smaller modes. With Halo Infinite set to expand the scope of multiplayer after switching to a free-to-play model, curiosity about what to expect from this game’s iteration of BTB is only natural.
Players will be able to actually go hands-on with the mode soon, as Halo Infinite’s next tech preview will include BTB . The game’s first playtest was held in the summer and gave a small taste of multiplayer gameplay. A handful of new mechanics and gadgets, such as the grappling hook, were featured and the preview gave players a feel for how 343 has reworked gameplay since Halo 5: Guardians. The series’ multiplayer has seen many changes over the years as it has attempted to find its place in the world of modern FPS games, and the developer claims to have found a middle ground between new and classic Halo.
The upcoming Halo Infinite tech test will be larger than the last one thanks to the inclusion of Big Team Battle in the second weekend of the gameplay preview. 343 showcased the mode on new map Fragmentation in a recent Halo Infinite stream, highlighting some specific changes it has made. The developer has visibly optimized BTB maps sizes for larger 12v12 matches (as opposed to the previous franchise standard of 8v8), so equipment like the grappling hook may have more uses than it would in a traditional Slayer match. The mode also appears to have a Battlefield-like squad system, as players seem to be assigned to individual groups within their respective teams.
343 says its aim is to successfully capture the heart of Big Team Battle, but it has also innovated upon it with new features like so-called “loot caves,” which players can capture and defend during matches in order to score powerful weapons and equipment. 343 previously discussed some of the things it was doing to expand upon Big Team Battle in Halo Infinite, such as having Pelicans drop critical ordinance on the map to make the experience more dynamic. Instead of a mad dash toward weapon spawns at the beginning of matches, the new approach could make gameplay more organic and even out matches between new and experienced players.
The wait for full BTB gameplay on more maps will likely extend to December, but having the fan-favorite mode available in Halo Infinite‘s free-to-play multiplayer launch could prove crucial. Even though the game will be missing key features like co-op campaign and Forge at launch, the release-day multiplayer experience may retain players in the short-term.
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Halo Infinite launches on December 8, 2021 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.
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