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343 Industries recently unveiled more of Halo Infinite’s multiplayer action ahead of the game’s continuous multiplayer technology preview starting this weekend. The Big Team Battle CTF Match PC gameplay at Fragmentation showed a little more that fans could expect from Infinite, which will be available later this year, as well as an introduction to the game’s own loot cave. This seems to be a reference to Bungie’s Destiny, the creator of Halo.
As a broadcast from Halo’s official YouTube channel, Community Director Brian Jarrard, joined by Fernando Reyez Medina to talk about some of the gameplay elements that were unveiled at the Big Team Battle. During the match (from around 9:17 in the video below), the pair encounters a large fortress door that protects what the team internally calls a “loot cave.” Area removed from Destiny.
Medina explains that accessing the huge vault of the cave is like a sub-purpose during the match. For the team that does so first, powerful weapons and items will be found inside for the take. To access the loot cave, players must set up an AI to hack through the entrance while dodging enemy attacks.
Opening a loot cave is not part of the team’s main purpose in the game, so losing team members due to a loot cave is worth the overall pursuit of victory. You need to consider whether it is an investment. In any case, the area around the entrance to the cave is about to see a significant percentage of shootouts when Infinite goes on sale later this year, as the team aims to wield its powerful treasure. There is no mistake. This is a great risk reward feature designed to bring players together in one small area of a large map.
The term “loot cave” has its own relevance beyond Halo. Destiny’s original loot cave behind the Skywatch on Earth was a respawn zone where players could use the game to defeat enemies and gain experience. Patching the Loot Cave to a haunted Easter egg was one of the first of many changes made since Destiny was first launched. Bungy explained at the time that he made changes to the area to improve the standard progression of Destiny players. Given that Bungie created the Halo series, the use of this term by 343 nods to the connections between businesses, even if the game isn’t officially called the Loot Cave.
Halo’s Big Team Battle will be available in the second week of the game’s next technical preview. Check out the game’s dedicated page for more information on Infinite, including how 343 believes bots will improve the multiplayer experience and seeing new training modes.
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