The Halo Bulletin: 2.27.13
by bs angel
Majestic Map Pack
To me, Sunday is about sleep and Halo (not necessarily in that order), and if you were one of the over 55,000 people that joined us for our Majestic Map Pack live stream last weekend, we have at least one of those things in common. While I had to forgo the former to participate in the latter, the sacrifice was worth it, as maps were previewed, matches were played and a love for one particular inanimate object was born. Oh yes, I'm talking about dat tarp.
If you missed our Majestic Map Pack live stream, you can watch it in its entirety here. Included are tips and tricks for nabbing the 10 new Achievements, along with flythroughs, free-for-alls and team games on Landfall, Monolith and Skyline. There is also an abundance of David Ellis facial hair, if you happen to be into that sort of thing. And really, who isn't?
Should the watching of previously recorded events that were at one point live but are no longer happening in real time be excluded from your usual list of preferred activities, you should instead check out screenshots of the new maps in the Halo 4 File Browser. The hyperlinked search is for Skyline, but simply change the top filter available on the left sidebar to see the other two maps.
Oh, did I mention that the Halo 4 File Share is now available on web? You can get a quick run-through of its features in this article, or you can just dive right into the browser itself. I recommend both but not before you read the rest of this Bulletin, because we've got Matchmaking updates, Spartan Ops summaries and a collection of amazing screenshots captured by your Halo brethren to read, reflect upon and ogle. So let's get started, shall we?
Next Week's Matchmaking Playlist Update
Extraction is a word with many meanings. For the dentally unlucky, it's the removal of a tooth. For Isaac Clark, it's a prequel to his first game. For Halo 4 players, it's as follows:
Extraction is a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map. Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs. If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point is theirs. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins.
Why am I making you read a description of this particular game type? Read the latest Matchmaking update, penned by none other than Bravo himself, for the specifics.
Week of 3.4:
Bravo here with the Matchmaking update! On Monday, Spartan Ops continues with an encore of episode 6. In War Games, we're proud to premiere Extraction in its very own, brand new playlist. While the variant is currently available in both Team Throwdown and Majestic Team DLC, this new playlist will provide you with the opportunity to extract all day, every day.
Here are the settings that will be featured in the playlist:
We're very happy to offer this new game mode as a standalone playlist, and hope that you check it out this week. Afterwards, head to the War Games Feedback section and let us know what you think!
We'll also be updating the Capture the Flag playlist with two new maps: Simplex and Settler. Simplex, an arena-style map from community forger SaLoT, has seen the spotlight in both the Community Forge Test and Team Throwdown playlists. Settler is a fast paced, semi-symmetrical on-disc Ravine variant that rests atop a verdant cliff side - it will be appearing in Matchmaking for the first time, slightly tweaked for 5 vs. 5 CTF. Also, as you may have seen on the forums, motion tracker is currently disabled for Rumble Pro, and we'll be correcting this with Monday's update.
We are currently evaluating the join-in-progress window across all playlists, and we'll be updating this window for Majestic FFA DLC on Monday - be on the lookout for the specifics of this update in the Matchmaking section. Lastly, we'll be revisiting the respawn times in the Majestic Team DLC playlist to ensure that they provide an optimal gameplay experience.
If there's no Matchmaking Update next week, it's because I'm at home playing Extraction and following up by posting my constructive feedback on the Waypoint forums. Man, I'm awesome. [bs angel note: And humble as well. ;) ]
Spartan Ops Update
Episode 10 of Spartan Ops premiered on 2.18, and with it came the dramatic end of Season 1. Just as he did for episodes 1-8, Brian Reed, franchise writer and author of Spartan Ops Season 1, is back with two more fiction summaries, this time for episodes 9 and 10. As previous abridgements are scattered throughout four different Bulletins, we'll be publishing the fiction summaries for all 10 episodes next week in one handy-dandy article. Until then, here are the final two pieces of Season 1's puzzle, sprinkled with in-depth insight only the author of Spartan Ops can offer.
Episode 9: Key
Episode 10: Exodus and Episode 11: Exodus Conclusion
While I can neither confirm nor deny that Halsey is mad, I can tell you that if you missed the second half of Spartan Ops Season 1 or if you want to replay it now that you have several morsels of tantalizing insight at your disposal, we'll be rerunning episodes 6-10 starting March 4. So tune in on Monday, Tuesday or any day next week to have another shot at episode 6. Halsey, Thorne and Glassman thank you in advance.
Halo 4 Screenshot Spotlight - Wallpapers
The Halo 4 File Browser hit Waypoint web yesterday! To celebrate, we will be featuring Halo 4 screenshots and the artists that capture these amazing images today and also in future installments of the Bulletin. This week we're shining the spotlight on screenshots that work perfectly as wallpapers. So ogle the following collection of images and perhaps even set one (or all!) as your background.
For your chance at being in next week's spotlight, take a screenshot of an Armor Ability. Then tag it with "Armor Ability" and "Halo Waypoint", and maybe, just maybe, yours will be featured in the next Halo Bulletin.
And with that, this week's Bulletin comes to a close. I'll see you next week, same time, same place, assuming I don't see you through the scope of my Battle Rifle first...