343 Industries has confirmed that it will be retiring the dedicated playlist for Halo Infinite’s Land Grab mode.
In a brief statement on the matter in Halo landmark, 343i said that while it knew “a lot of players have enjoyed this new mode”, it had been “declining steadily” and “starting to fall short of the quality bar”. Accordingly, the dedicated playlist will be “rotated” and instead “go to Quick Play” in early November.
“On Tuesday, September 20, the dedicated Land Grab playlist will be removed from matchmaking,” the blog post reveals. “While we know that many players have enjoyed this new mode introduced in Season 2, at this stage it has been steadily declining and does not reach the level of quality for a positive player experience.
“Land Grab will return as part of the Entrenched event with Week 5 starting on September 27, with the final week scheduled to start on October 25. Looking ahead, Land Grab will become Quick Play as part of the update to winter. from November 8”.
The same post also confirmed that The Yappening BTB will “continue the shenanigans,” reminding us that Last Spartan Standing was also removed as a dedicated playlist “due to no longer maintaining a proper level of engagement” at less than one percent. of all player activity.
It also ranked Halo Infinite playlists from most popular to least popular: Quick Play, Ranked Arena, Fiesta, Team Slayer, Big Team Battle, Tactical Slayer, Land Grab, Ranked Doubles, Team Doubles, Team Snipers, Rumble Pit and Bot Bootcamp.
“Since Halo 2, matchmaking playlists have been at the heart of Halo’s online multiplayer and that remains true in both the MCC and Halo Infinite,” the post explains.
“Likewise, for as long as there have been Halo playlists, there have been rotating plans that see various modes come and go at regular intervals. With Infinite, we haven’t seen a lot of rotations so far, but as the team continues to build up a accumulation of tried and true modes, along with new offerings, this will happen more often.”
The news comes just days after Bonnie Ross, the founder and director of Halo developer 343 Industries, announced her departure from the studio and Microsoft.
Ross, who also serves as corporate vice president of Microsoft, has been the head of 343 Industries for 15 years and established the studio, specifically to take over development of Bungie’s Halo franchise, in 2007.
“While I was hoping to stay with Halo until we release the winter update, I am letting you know that I am leaving 343 and attending to a family medical issue,” he explained on Twitter.
“I am incredibly proud of the work that everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and so much more. It has been an honor to serve alongside the team for the past 15 years and be a part of a universe what I love”.