There’s a long list of rumours surrounding the release of the upcoming Halo Infinite, but thanks to a forum post by 343 industries’ Frank O’Connor we can cross Battle Royale mode off that list.

The response comes thanks to a reply on popular gaming forum ResetERA, where the rumour was that Halo Infinite would cost over 500 million dollars to create. With this price tag, Halo Infinite would not only be the most expensive Halo game in the series, but the most expensive game ever made.

‘We will not talk about the launch content of Halo Infinite until we’re ready. I haven’t watched the video so if I am misinterpreting the headline as “‘Halo Infinite is launching with/as a Halo Battle Royale mode” that is still not the case. You can probably make your own Battle Royale mode in Forge even right now though.’

Whilst it might not be Fornite or Apex Legends that 343 are specifically after, they do want plenty of emergent online shenanigans that those games seem to create so well.

‘The launch modes for MP are not 100% defined and are subject to change till quite late in the process – but Battle Rifle will still be there. So you can have BR. But are we interested in big social modes with loads of organic shenanigans? Yes. Specifically A blimp full of survivors heading to an Island after a (metaphorical) lecture from Beat Takeshi? No.’

If you want to learn some more about Halo Infinite, you can check out some of our previous reporting here.