‘Halo 5’ to take out Team Skirmish from multiplayer list

A promotional image for "Halo 5: Guardians," for Xbox One. (Xbox official website)

In the gaming world, some say all good things come to an end. This seems to be true, especially when only a handful of people is patronizing them.

Developer 343 Industries is about to pull the plug on one of the modes on “Halo 5’s” multiplayer playlist. In their latest weekly blog post, the company confirmed that they will retire Team Skirmish from the playlist on Aug. 3. The developer explained that the decision was brought about by the low turnout of players.

“The Team Skirmish playlist will be removed from “Halo 5” matchmaking due to a consistently low player population and the negative impact it has on other playlists like Team Arena and HCS,” read the blog post. They explained that player trends and preferences change through time. The developers further noted that game data and player feedback have shown that Team Skirmish struggles to keep a consistent population.

In addition, 343 Industries also said that the low player turnout has also affected the other game modes. The affected ones include HCS and Team Arena, which experienced “a lot of overlap” between the three modes.

“It’s never fun to take away something that players (even if it’s a relatively small group) have become accustomed to and it’s not something the team takes lightly, but sometimes it’s unavoidable,” the post added.

In other “Halo” news, fans may need to wait a little longer for “Halo 6’s” launch. Gamespot reported that the game will not roll out anytime soon. The developers said that they will not give any details about the title for quite a while.

“Trust us, when we’re ready to begin pulling back that proverbial curtain, you’ll know. It won’t be soon,” said 343 Industries spokesperson Jeff Easterling in a blog post last June.

Despite the letdown, fans can still look forward to other games within the big and diverse “Halo” franchise. For now, players can enjoy the latest expansion called “Halo Wars 2: Awakening the Nightmare.”