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Japanese Xbox site calls Halo Infinite a “battle royale shooter”

Published: 1/Aug/2020 19:31

by Brent Koepp

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A listing on Microsoft’s official Japanese site has kicked off a wave of speculation that Halo Infinite will be getting a battle royale mode. The popular FPS is set to make its debut this Holiday on the Xbox Series X.

Microsoft gave players their first proper look at Halo Infinite on July 23 during their Series X event. The gameplay trailer revealed the title to be open world, as well as showing off new mechanics like a grappling hook.

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However, despite developer 343 Studios denying rumors of a Fortnite-style mode in 2019, a new listing on the official Japanese Xbox website has kicked the rumor mill into overdrive after describing the FPS as a “battle royale shooter.”

Halo Infinite to have battle royale mode?

On August 1, users on Twitter and Reddit discovered that the official Japanese page for Halo Infinite has the game listed as “Battle Royale Shooting” under its genre.

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While the developer has said in the past that they are not working in on a BR mode for the title, the Microsoft listing kicked off a wave of speculation from the game’s fanbase.

Dexerto searched other countries’ listings for the FPS, and all of them have the genre simply as “Shooter.” So it could simply be an error, especially given its rough translation.

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A rough translation of Microsoft’s Japanese site lists Halo Infinite as a “battle royale.”

The rumor comes off the heels of Microsoft’s announcement on July 31 that Infinite’s multiplayer is going to be “free-to-play” at launch. Popular esports commentator Alex ‘Goldenboy’ Mendez pointed out that the F2P model has long been associated with battle royales.

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While the listing is intriguing, it’s not uncommon for sites to make errors or list the wrong information. It should also be stated that the page was roughly translated, and could be being taken out of context.

At the time of writing, Microsoft has yet to respond. However in April 2019, 343 Studios stated that a BR mode was not being worked on, and that players could “probably create one” using the game’s Forge creator tool.

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EA reveal how FIFA 21 FUT Champions affects Division Rivals

Published: 17/Oct/2020 11:34

by Joe Craven

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EA have revealed how FIFA 21’s FUT Champions Weekend League will interact with Division Rivals, after changes made to the fan favorite modes left some players confused. 

FIFA 21’s Ultimate Team will be largely familiar to players of past installments. Division Rivals returns as Ultimate Team’s main weekly entertainment, while FUT Champions Weekend League offers players a chance to measure themselves against the best in the world.

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However, changes to Rivals means players can only play 30 games per week, before their skill rating is no longer affected. This, understandably, left some fans confused about how FUT Champions games affect Division Rivals and, on October 16, EA provided a detailed explanation.

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October 17 – 19 will be the first FUT Champs Weekend League of FIFA 21.

As with previous years, FUT Champions matches will reward 400 Weekly Score in Division Rivals. This year, that boost to Weekly Score will rely on the player not already having completed their 30 matches in Rivals.

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“In the case above,” EA says, “each Weekend League match consumes one of the maximum 30 Division Rivals matches that count for Weekly Score progress. For players who have already completed 30 or more Division Rivals matches before playing Weekend League, completed Weekend League matches will not contribute to the Weekly Score in Division Rivals.”

Essentially, FUT Champs matches will reward 400 Weekly Score provided you’ve not already completed your 30 Rivals games. If you have completed 30 Rivals matches, then FUT Champs games will have no effect.

The news received a mixed response on Twitter, with some criticizing EA for seemingly pushing the two separate modes into one.

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“What is the point in 30 games I finish my games on a Sunday and there’s no more reason to play for the rest of the week?” one Twitter user said. Their issue appeared to be widespread – in the current system playing all 30 Weekend League matches will mean your 30 Division Rivals matches will be completed as a result of playing FUT Champs.

Whether the system changes going forwards remains to be seen, but EA’s clarification of the new system has left some scratching their heads.