343 Industries has confirmed that they are retiring the dedicated playlist for Halo Infinite mode Land Grab.
In a brief statement about it on Halo Waypoint, 343i said that while it knew “many players have enjoyed this new mode”, it had “steadily declined” and “started to fall below the quality line”. Accordingly, the dedicated playlist will be “rotated out” and will instead “roll into Quick Play” in early November.
“On Tuesday, September 20, the dedicated Land Grab playlist will be rotated out of matchmaking,” the blog post reveals. “While we know many players have enjoyed this new mode introduced in Season 2, at this stage it has been steadily declining and is starting to fall below the quality threshold for a positive player experience.
“Land Grab will be back as part of the Entrenched event with Week 5 starting on September 27th, and the final week starting on October 25th. Looking further ahead, Land Grab will be rolling into Quick Play as part of the Winter Update coming November 8.”
The same post also confirmed that The Yappening BTB “shenanigans will continue”, and reminded us that Last Spartan Standing was also removed as a dedicated playlist “due to it no longer maintaining an appropriate engagement” of less than one percent of all player activity.
It also ranked Halo Infinite’s playlists from most popular to least: Quick Play, Ranked Arena, Fiesta, Team Slayer, Big Team Battle, Tactical Slayer, Land Grab, Ranked Double, Team Doubles, Team Snipers, Rumble Pit, and Bot Bootcamp.
“Ever since Halo 2, matchmaking playlists have been at the heart of Halo’s online multiplayer, and that remains true today in both MCC and Halo Infinite,” the post explains.
“Similarly, for as long as there have been Halo playlists, there have been rotation plans that see different modes come and go on a regular basis. With Infinite, we haven’t seen many rotations so far, but as the team continues to amass a backlog of proven modes – along with brand new offers – this will happen more regularly.”
The news comes just days after Bonnie Ross, the founder and CEO of Halo developer 343 Industries, announced she was leaving the studio and Microsoft.
Ross, who also serves as Microsoft’s executive vice president, has been the head of 343 Industries for 15 years, having established the studio — specifically to take over development of the Halo series from Bungie — back in 2007.
“Although I had hoped to stay with Halo until we release the winter patch, I am letting you know that I will be leaving 343 to attend to a family medical issue,” she explained on Twitter.
“I’m incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done on Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo TV series and so much more. It’s been an honor to serve with the team over the past 15 years and to be a part of a universe I love.”