The Halo Bulletin: 11.27.13
When we last left off, I was very unsure as to whether or not I'd be writing a Bulletin this week. To tell you the truth, with as many cars that I've unlocked in Forza, terrible plays I've made in Battlefield 4, and Upload Studio videos I've watched of bs angel washing baby elephants in Zoo Tycoon, I'm surprised I was able to wake up this morning and scribble together a quick update before the long weekend begins. I speak for several members of the 343 team when I say that over the past week, I've done quite a bit of ranking up, and not too much sleeping. Luckily, I plan on doing a fair bit of sleeping over this holiday weekend, and also playing some Halo 4 Matchmaking - read on to find out why and more!
Matchmaking Playlist Update
This past Monday we updated Grifball with new maps and game types, added Dominion as the featured playlist, and more. To see all the specifics, along with the details of the now underway Team Slayer Top 200, head over to this week's Matchmaking Update. If you're interested in being recognized as one of the top Team Slayer players, be sure to hop into the playlist this week and then check back next week to see the results of week 1. Here's a sneak peek at what next week's Top 200 leaderboard will look like:
Each Top 200 ranking will display each player's gamertag, their CSR, and for level 50 players, you'll also see a comparison bar. As mentioned previously, CSR is determined by who you win and lose against, so it is possible for a level 50 player to be ranked higher than another level 50 player, as displayed in the dramatization above. This is one of the specific reasons that we're particularly excited about the Team Slayer Top 200 - if you're a player who wants to prove that you're one of the best, you can now do so, and also compare yourself against other competitors at the top. Hop into the playlist this week if you'd like to give it a shot!
For many of us, this time of year is about family, food, and football. To celebrate the holidays, we wanted to bring at least one of these into Halo 4 Matchmaking, so we're kicking off the holiday season with our very own Turkey Bowl!
Community Choice: Race
I am not exactly sure how it happened, but December is nearly here, which means that Race will soon make its way into Halo 4 Matchmaking! We're excited to premiere the Mongoose-mayhem in less than two weeks, and we've got a new Community Choice Poll this week. We'll be detailing the playlist and all tracks next week, but for now, we need your help selecting the map for our final track. None of these have been built yet, so we'll build a custom track tailored to the map of your choosing!
Halo Black Friday Deals
If you're looking for some great deals on all your favorite Halo merchandise, head here for a list of what you can pick up starting this Friday. Plus, for additional Holiday deals, keep an eye out for the Halo Origins Bundle (Halo: Reach and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary) and our upcoming Holiday Gift Guide, coming to Waypoint next month.
Screenshot Spotlight: Football
Last week, we turned the spotlight on Harvest. This week, we decided to go with a popular sport. Take a gander at the following football-themed screenshots, and maybe even find inspiration to make your own.
And with that, this week's Bulletin comes to a close. Whether you're competing in a Turkey Bowl in Halo 4 or in your own backyard, we hope you have a safe, happy holiday weekend.