Xbox Games Studios maybe working with developer Certain Affinity for a Monster Hunter-like game and Halo Infinite Battle Royale mode.
|Monster Hunter-Style Xbox-Exclusive Game Reportedly in Works|
During second quarter earnings call last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed that 2021 first-person military shooter Halo Infinite had the biggest launch in franchise history and over 20 million players have joined since release.
According to a new insider report, Microsoft has partnered with independent developer studio Certain Affinity to develop a possible Battle Royale mode for Halo Infinite and an Xbox-exclusive upcoming Monster Hunter-style co-op game.
In a latest episode of GrubbSnax podcast, GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb reveals that Certain Affinity is currently working on a "Monster Hunter clone" by teaming up with Microsoft to offer variety in lineup for Xbox Game Pass service.
Windows Central reporter Jez Corden has also supported these claims and added that Certain Affinity is developing a new game mode for Halo Infinite, which could be their take on Battle Royale formula or something completely new.
During his premium podcast, Jeff Grubb talks about why Microsoft is making a Monster Hunter-like game.
They're like, we probably can't get Monster Hunter on Game Pass – that would be pretty expensive – but we definitely want a game like that, because we see the potential for that to grow and be a big thing with long-term support.
Certain Affinity's rumored Monster Hunter-style game is codenamed "Project Suerte", which is Spanish for "Fate". Sources claim the game has been under development since summer 2020 and could be revealed ahead of 2024 release.
Austin, Texas based support studio Certain Affinity is helmed by CEO Max Hoberman, a former multiplayer and online lead for Halo series. They worked on Call of Duty and Halo franchises, as well as known shooters Doom and Left 4 Dead.
Certain Affinity announced working on an original IP last year, which could potentially be newly reported Xbox-exclusive title. CEO Hoberman expresses his excitement of developing their most ambitious project ever and they are still hiring.