Long Post Incoming, TLDR at the bottom;
So for the longest time, ever since Invasion on Reach and beyond that with Big Team Social on Halo 3, myself and many of my dedicated Halo friends have wanted a true Big Team Battle game. Something to the effect of 30 vs 30.
I know many of the old guard, like myself, would probably want to point out how it wouldn’t go well with the instant action, small to medium map size gameplay that Halo is known for but I used to play with clans on Halo: Reach where we would have a full lobby of up to 18 players where we would try to invade the other group’s ‘map’/lobby and try to raid them and these games could last anywhere from hours to days (before we implemented rules to keep games from going for days due to a couple being as long as 2 or even 3 days) ((To those wondering? We would swap out players with some of our EU members or those who didn’t have work or school))
These games were insane and truly felt like an all out warfare battle. Sometimes we were in a hallway of a UNSC/Covenant ship or sometimes, more often than not, we were assaulting a base. All of which was wonderfully designed and brought to life by our forging community side of the groups with extraordinary detail for the limitations we had then. Besides being in clans even there were many social game players of our communities who loved the idea of larger lobbies with more players given how many of us there were at any given time.
Now, for a personal request I have been plugging since Halo 4 was first announced and I doubt anyone on this board would remember nor anyone at 343 but here it is…
I want a Large Scale Warfare Halo game mode/game.
Now I know there are some out there that would tell me ‘Just go play Battlefield/ARMA/etc’. I could…but then I wouldn’t be playing Halo which is the purpose of this want/request. As someone who has played and been apart of the community over in OP:TRE (Operation Trebuchet) on ARMA back during the beginnings of it’s development (Hell, before it became OP:TRE even and was still Eridanus Insurrection) I love that mod to death and back and the idea I can have these detailed Halo-stylized military ops is amazing…but it’s not a Halo-style game.
What I have been asking for, specifically in comparison, is something akin to Battlefield 2142’s Titan Mode;
- Two Opposing Ships/Bases - Five Objectives - Ground and Aerial Vehicles (with the inclusion of Pelicans and the like as flyable) - With a deeper objective to break into the Enemy Base/Ship and win.The best part about this request is that I feel like 343 heard me in some way when making Warzone and made it all their own…but it’s not the same. Seeing a bunch of Spartan’s on a field with tons of mobs is cool but it felt more like a FPS MOBA than an objective based warzone. I really want to see that military side of Halo fleshed out into actual ops and fighting rather than being these training simulations. Especially with playable elites. AI Elites are cool but nothing beats the mindset and tactical prowess of an actual player behind that splitjaw.
And please…no REQ cards.
Here’s hoping something like this is in the process or perhaps something similar is planned. I have personally been quite…upset…with 343 and it’s previous titles despite still saying that Halo 4 has one of the best, if not THE best, campaign and Halo 5 being tons of fun in it’s own right…I have really felt lead on by a skeleton of the brand I love.
Halo: Infinite, while I am trying to keep my hype from getting too up there in terms of levels, has me so excited at the prospect of what this can be, what this engine can do and what it means for the Halo franchise as a whole! Let’s really make this something spectacular, 343i.
TLDR: 30v30 BTB plz. Objective battlefield-esque Halo gamemode plz. The hype is real but I am cautious.