343 Industries has confirmed that the playlist for the Halo Infinite mode Land Grab has been removed.
343i said in a brief statement on Halo Waypoint that although it knew "some players have enjoyed this new mode," it had been "steadily declining" and "starting to fall short of the quality bar". Consequently, the dedicated playlist will be "rotated out" and will instead "roll into Quick Play at the beginning of November.
"On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the dedicated Land Grab playlist will be removed from matchmaking," a blog post states. "While many players have enjoyed this new season 2 mode, it is steadily down, and is beginning to fall short of the quality mark for a positive player experience.
"Land Grab will be back as part of the Entrenched event, with Week 5 on September 27, and the final week scheduled to begin on October 25. Regarding further ahead, Land Grab will roll into Quick Play as part of the Winter Update coming November 8."
The Yappening BTB''shenanigans will continue, and this thread reminded us that Last Spartan Standing was also removed as a single playlist "due to it failing to maintain a suitable level of engagement" at less than 1% of all player activity.
Halo Infinite''s playlists from the most popular to the least are: Quick Play, Ranked Arena, Fiesta, Team Slayer, Big Team Battle, Tactical Slayer, Land Grab, Ranked Doubles, Team Snipers, Rumble Pit, and Bot Bootcamp.
"Ever since Halo 2, matchmaking playlists have remained at the core of Halos online multiplayer, and that remains true today in both Halo Infinite and MCC," the post says.
"So long as there have been Halo playlists, there have been rotational plans that see various modes coming and going at regular intervals, as with Infinite. A lot of experimentation has been made so far, but as the team continues to amass a collection of tried-and-true modes, along with brand new offerings, this will happen more frequently."
The news comes just days after Bonnie Ross, the founder and head of Halo developer 343 Industries, announced her departure from the studio and Microsoft.
Ross, who plays Microsoft''s corporate vice president, has been the head of 343 Industries for 15 years, starting the studio in 2007, specifically to take over the Halo franchise from Bungie.
"While I had planned to stay with Halo until we published the Winter Update, I''m also letting you know that I will be leaving 343 after an extended medical illness," she said on Twitter.
"I am incredibly proud of the work everyone at 343 Industries has done with Halo Infinite, the Master Chief Collection, the Halo television series, and more. It''s been an honor to have served with the team for the past 15 years and to be a part of a world that I love."