We may have been denied the ability to play Halo: Infinite until this coming fall, but there has been plenty to celebrate in the Halo Universe. One of those things is the return of Grifball in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Grifball, for those who have not had the good fortune to play it, is Halo’s version of rugby. Everyone is equipped with a Gravity Hammer and an Energy Sword. There is a bomb in the middle of a flat, open map that needs to be picked up and carried to one of the two ends. Once the bomb carrier reaches the “endzone” the bomb explodes and a point is earned. Reaching a set number of points will end the game and crown you and your team champion of Grifball.
The official Twitter handle for Halo announced that the game would be returning to Halo: The Master Chief Collection for you to enjoy. One of the things that made Halo as popular as it is was the ability for players to create custom game types and scenarios. During the early days of Xbox Live, this was usually done by adjusting the rules of multiplayer games so that there was an objective other than Capture the Flag or Death Match.
Player creativity soon blossomed and created the internet show Red vs. Blue—a storyline that continues to this day. One of the show’s main characters, Sarge, hates one of the members of his team, a Spartan in orange armor named Grif. During one of the episodes for Red vs. Blue, the writers had Sarge sniping at Grif while saying that this impromptu game was “the best game since Grifball”.
The writers soon began to wonder what Grifball would actually look like and imagined a game where the bomb carrier (Grif) would always be killed—whether they scored or not. After some work, Grifball was born. The game became so popular that it soon became an official game type that you could pay without needing to recreate everything yourself.
Grifball was a permanent fixture in Halo 5 until 2018 when it was removed due to low population counts and poor player feedback. It remains to be seen if this will happen again in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but the return of Grifball is a welcome one, and one that we hope reignites the kind of creativity that created it in the first place.
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