Halo 4 – Incoming Crimson Map Pack Playlist Update, New Title Update On the Way and More Spartan Ops to Come

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Due to this month’s upcoming Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack releasing December 10 and the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge commencing only a week later, Spartan Ops will be taking a mid-season break starting December 10 to give you the time necessary to take some of the new multiplayer maps and compete in the challenge, should you choose to do so.

No worries, however, for your entire Spartan Ops timeline will still be accessible and, in addition, 343 Industries will be adding a “Best of Spartan Ops” compilation next week made up of the following chapters:

  • Core – Chapter 5 of Episode 1
  • Hacksaw – Chapter 3 of Episode 2
  • Shootout in Valhalla – Chapter 4 of Episode 3
  • The Didact’s Gift – Chapter 5 of Episode 4
  • Spartan Miller – Chapter 1 of Episode 5

343 writes, “Then, from December 17 – January 14, episodes 1-5 will be re-entered into Matchmaking (one episode per week) to support the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge, and allow anyone who missed the first run or wants to replay a previous chapter to easily find teammates online. The second half of Spartan Ops Season 1 will resume later in January with brand new episodes, chapters, locations and maps.”

Before getting into next week’s playlist update, lets take a look at last Monday’s update:

  • Fixed exploit locations on Haven
  • Fixed exploit locations on Adrift
  • Introduced Ordnance drop issues on Haven (oops)

343 adds that despite being a smaller update, Halo fans can look forward to a bigger Title Update releasing “very soon.” It will tackle “actual game and gameplay issues, not sandbox tweaks and balances.”

As for this Monday, December 10, both Team Regicide and SWAT will be sticking around, booting King of the Hill temporarily in order to make room for the upcoming Crimson DLC playlist. It will be 6 vs. 6 and will include the following map and game type combinations:

  • Infinity Slayer – Shatter
  • Capture the Flag – Shatter
  • Extraction – Shatter
  • King of the Hill – Shatter
  • Infinity Slayer – Wreckage
  • Capture the Flag – Wreckage
  • King of the Hill – Wreckage
  • Oddball – Wreckage
  • Infinity Slayer – Harvest
  • Capture the Flag – Harvest
  • King of the Hill – Harvest

These new maps will also be integrated into existing playlists with the update. Details below:

  • Infinity Slayer – Harvest
  • Big Team Infinity Slayer – Wreckage and Shatter
  • Dominion – Shatter
  • Capture the Flag – Harvest and Wreckage
  • SWAT – Harvest
  • Team Slayer Pro – Harvest

343 writes that “the Matchmaking algorithm is weighted to match players who have DLC with other players who have DLC so if you have the Crimson Map Pack and you enter a regular playlist, you should see the new maps on a regular basis. This is something we can adjust, so if the new maps aren’t appearing as often as we’d like, we’ll continue to tweak the formula.”

That wraps up this week’s update coming from the Halo Bulletin. What are you most looking forward to? New maps, the new Title Update or the upcoming Halo 4 Infinity Challenge?

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