The issue is, most rating systems automatically go to 16+ or M-rated when dismemberment is involved. Even with Halo's "goofyness". In other words if you have an organic humanoid enemy and you can shoot their heads ans limbs off, it's basically impossible for the game to be teen rated. And the Floods without gory parts is just blasphemy!Kiqueburrito wrote:I have seen probably 5 forums now that say halo infinite will not have the flood, but not a single on has given and solid proof. THE GORE FROM COMBAT FORMS IS NO WORSE THAN STOMPING A ROACH! Halo wars had arguably the worst part of the flood: cutscenes. The cutscenes showed the true horror and violence of the flood. The same goes for the cutscenes in halo 2A. In gameplay it is not nearly as gruesome. It is no worse than any PG-13 sci-fi movie I have ever seen. As for violence, you can literally stab another human in the face with a knife and then knee it further into their face in Halo 5 (a T-rated game). Halo infinite can be rated teen and still contain the flood.
(Apologies if this sounds too aggressive, but again, I think too many people believe that halo infinite won't have the flood purely based on the fact that the game is rated teen. So far, I have seen no other arguments.)
That's the reason why people are pointing towards a DLC: it that's not the rating all the classic Flood enemy types are most probably NOT in the base game. However Hi is also a GAAS with a ten years plan and even set on Zeta Halo - which comes with a huge Flood history on it's shoulders. Not involving them is a missed opportunity frankly speaking!
Tldr.: it's unthinkable to have such a long game as a service without getting our beloved space-zombie-infection sooner or later, but a T-rating makes me doubt that we'll see them at launch with the first campaign because of the nature of the enemy type itself.