As a small correction, the upcoming episodes of Spartan Ops are not part of Season 2, but part of the second half of Season 1.
This Monday, January 21, Halo 4 fans can look forward to yet another playlist update.
343 Industries will be premiering their “Community Forge Test” playlist, in which a number of community-made Forge maps are selected and inserted into a brand new Matchmaking test playlist. You’ll be able to test the best in 4v4 matches and report bugs and provide feedback here. According to the Halo Bulletin, the Matchmaking Systems Team will sort through all feedback regarding all maps tested and will then select which ones will appear in Matchmaking.
We’ve also been putting some of Halo 4’s community-made Forge maps under the magnifying glass. If you missed it, check out Part 1 of Halo 4: Forged From Scratch – Classic Maps Remade.
Also incoming this Monday are two Specializations that will be unlocked for all to enjoy: Pioneer and Pathfinder.
Spartan optimization for deployment into uncharted, hostile territory (such as uncolonized worlds or Forerunner constructs like Requiem) for the purpose of gathering and relaying information. The Fast Track armor mod allows Spartans to gain more experiential data from each encounter, effectively ranking up more quickly during the process.
Spartan optimization for deep, unconventional deployment within unknown enemy territory and with little to no assistance from command. The Gunner armor mod decreases the time of weapon overheat when occupying a vehicle weapon position, and increases Spartan speed while carrying a detached turret.
You’ll be able to rank up through these dedicated paths, unlocking armor sets, emblems, visor colors, weapon and armore skins, as well as armor mods.
Beyond this Monday’s playlist update, we also have
a brand new season of Spartan Ops the second half of Spartan Ops, Season 1 to look forward to, as well as the Majestic Map Pack, due out this March. Updates on each are forthcoming within only a few hours, according to 343i.
Before getting all caught up in what the second half of the season will have to offer, 343i has concocted this quick video recap of what went down in the first half, should you need the refresher. Keep in mind, if you you have yet to play any of the chapters in episodes 1-5, you may find this a tad spoilerific. You’ve been warned.
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343i has also provided some Spartan Ops Season 1 stats for you to check out below:
Stats summary of the first half of Spartan Ops Season 1
8,125,908 games were played in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
4,696,752 hours were spent playing Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
901,258,308 kills were earned in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
262,150,257 assists were earned in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
167,101,619 deaths were recorded in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
“Shootout In Valhalla” was the most played Mission in the first half of Spartan Ops Season 1.
49.77 was the average number of kills earned per game in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
6.77 was the average number of assists earned per game in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
7.15 was the average number of deaths recorded per game in Spartan Ops Matchmaking in the first two months.
Looking forward to Season 2?