By 343 Industries -
As we approach the final stages of the Halo World Championship, we've been amazed by the performances of the top teams and squads from around the world. Veteran players have proved they've got what it takes to dominate in the next chapter of Halo multiplayer, up-and-coming players have broken into the top seeds, and a final batch of North American roster changes have left us with no idea what may happen next.
Since well before the launch of Halo 5, we've been working with players across the community on game feedback, and input from our top performers is more important now more than ever. In December, we had reached out to a group of professional players for feedback on the option of swapping Arena Breakout for Breakout in the game type lineup, however this option was not universally agreed upon amongst all players, and the decision was made to not make any changes to the game type lineup at the time.
Through community conversations and recent feedback from competitors, we've heard that the majority of our esports community would prefer that Breakout not be included in the remaining stages of the Halo World Championship, and we feel it's most important to create an experience that our players love playing, our fans love watching, and that will provide the greatest platform for the future of Halo esports. Due to this feedback from players and fans, Breakout will no longer be a featured game type in Halo World Championship competitions moving forward.
For teams competing at X Games, which does not impact Halo World Championship standings in any way, we need to be respectful of the recent practice time put into the game type as well as how soon the tournament is, and as such we will be working with team captains before making a final decision on the inclusion at this weekend's X Games event.
We can't wait to see top teams duke it out this weekend and throughout February and March as we come to the conclusion of the Halo World Championship.
As always, thanks for your feedback, support, and love of the game.