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Nadeshot calls out Halo “purists” who don’t want a battle royale mode

Published: 23/Jul/2020 22:17

by Theo Salaun


Halo Infinite was revealed during the Xbox Games Showcase, and 100 Thieves’ Nadeshot has reacted by taking shots at those who don’t think battle royale should be included in the legendary title.

Only the single-player campaign’s gameplay was shown during Halo Infinite’s reveal, but developers did confirm that multiplayer will be getting laid out in the near future. That didn’t satisfy Nadeshot, who immediately hit Twitter with what he thinks would have made the game’s unveiling a greater success.

While he may think it was a “missed opportunity” for Halo to not have turned their highly anticipated campaign showcase into a demonstration of the game’s multiplayer and esports systems (including ranked and battle royale modes), his response elicits dialogue about what the game’s eventual multiplayer announcement could, or should, look like.

A pioneering, generational multiplayer title, it paved the way for much of modern FPS gameplay. Unsurprisingly, much of that core audience’s reaction to Nadeshot’s hopes has come in the form of scrutiny over the belief that a battle royale is worth the “appeal to a newer audience.” So he then followed up with why exactly a BR could, despite being a leap away from traditional Halo, be exactly what the game needs to capture its earlier relevance.

He built his career in Call of Duty and was quick to point out how CoD’s usage of Warzone, itself a departure from the title’s typical modes, has catalyzed the game’s rise in popularity and pushed it to the forefront. This argument puts in perspective why Halo would benefit from stepping outside of its comfort zone, directly contradicting claims that a BR could hurt the game.

At their core, those claims expect that Infinite’s success is predicated on its ability to recapture the energy of “old Halo” and that focusing on including a BR would detract from that effort. But Nadeshot’s point is poignant on multiple levels.

On the one hand, it makes sense to involve a BR from a business perspective due to the opening up of accessibility to a new player base that is most comfortable with that mode. On another hand, CoD has proven that a classic title can successfully be reinvigorated by bringing its touch to battle royale. 

Although its look may feel more plastic than earlier games in the franchise, Infinite obviously brings its unique look and feel back to the forefront of the FPS genre. Like Warzone’s inclusion of CoD’s gunplay, killstreaks, and vehicles—one can imagine that a Halo BR could comfortably revamp the free-for-all game type with its own innovations.

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Nadeshot would clearly like to drop into a Halo battle royale with Master Chief at his side.

The Warthog and gunplay feel traditionally fluid while Master Chief’s grappling hook offers some intriguing new mobility, coupling those aspects with equipment like the “Drop Wall” shield could make for a blend of its classic appeal with modern accessibility.

Although Nadeshot may be disappointed in Halo “purists” who don’t believe BR integration could be good for the game, those beliefs may change should 343 announce a BR that reaches the standards set by the game’s legacy. It was built on perfecting the multiplayer experience of its time and, to do so again in 2020, they may just need to introduce a BR component as well.


Shroud believes Halo needs to change “a lot” to compete in modern era

Published: 23/Nov/2020 5:53

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Shroud believes Microsoft’s long-standing Halo franchise needs to change “a lot” about the way it plays if it’s to compete with modern titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty with the release of Halo Infinite next year.

Shroud is an expert when it comes to first-person shooters. It’s not even because he’s a phenomenal player. It’s because he knows what makes them good and how they can be improved.

The Twitch star regularly comments on games and issues; recently, he chimed in on Modern Warfare and explained why he finds it so boring.

Now, he’s set his sights on the Halo series, expressing concerns about Halo Infinite, which is still pending a release date after being delayed.

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Shroud is an open book and doesn’t mind sharing his opinions with viewers.

In his latest stream, Shroud spent a couple of hours fragging lobbies in Halo 4. He seemed to be enjoying himself, but even he wasn’t too sure, in the end: “I guess that was fun?” he said after closing the game browser. “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Just Halo, I guess.”

The concern, he said, is that the title feels ‘outdated,’ especially when matching up against other modern titles on the market.

“Halo Infinite needs to change a lot [to] so that it meets up with current expectations,” he said. “Halo is dated. But it makes sense. The games are old, so it makes sense for the games to feel dated.”

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343 Industries
Halo Infinite has had a troubled development since being delayed until 2021.

Of course, Halo Infinite is set to revolutionize the franchise by expanding the game into an open-world. However, Shroud’s comments seem to be more about the multiplayer combat and gameplay itself.

“It was so short… I don’t like how not chaotic it is,” he said. “4v4 and the size of the map and how you can control it is kind of weird. I wish it was more spontaneous and all over the place… More of a deathmatch.”

Shroud acknowledged he hasn’t played the series enough to know for sure. He also said he’s willing to give it another chance. “Everyone says Halo 5 could be something I’m interested in,” he said. “I really want to play more.”

Unfortunately, he didn’t have any real suggestions on how to improve the gameplay. However, he flirted with the idea of adding air strafe. “If this game had air strafe, it’d be f**king nuts. But.. then it’d pretty much just be Quake. Well, kind of.”

It goes without saying that Shroud’s views are his own, and he’s merely sharing them with viewers on his stream. There are plenty of other players who love the Halo series and are excited for Halo Infinite.

Still, the expectations for Halo Infinite are high, especially since it’s been five years since Halo 5. Plus, Shroud’s opinion is always valuable, and many believe his concerns are warranted.