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Halo 4: Spartan Ops 2013 Return Dated
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Are you desperately wondering when Halo 4's Spartan Ops will return? Well, wonder no more. At the VGAs, the date for the sixth episode of Spartan Ops has been revealed.

Previously given a January 2013 release window, with the episodic mode on hiatus for the rest of the month, 343 and Microsoft have now narrowed down an exact date for its comeback.

The date in question? January 21st, 2013 for your next fix of Halo 4: Spartan Ops action. Stick it in the diary!


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Comment #1 by IceBlox
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 09:50:25 PM
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Comment #2 by strawberry
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 09:59:42 PM
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Wait... so There is no new episode next week? :(

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Comment #3 by Infomouse
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:03:09 PM
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Moar recycled maps plz!!

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Comment #4 by BiggD
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:04:26 PM
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@ 2, Nope :( Their using the time between December 17th and January 20th to host The Infinity Challenge. You can read up on it over at HaloWaypoint.

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Comment #5 by rjl champ rjl
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:05:07 PM
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@ 2 "with the episodic mode on hiatus for the rest of the month, 343 and Microsoft have now narrowed down an exact date for its comeback"

How could you miss that?

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Comment #6 by strawberry
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:09:47 PM
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@5 it was a rhetorical question... I was more implying that I think it's a weird move to cut off co-op content during the holidays where everyone has free time...

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Comment #7 by a C4M3R0N a
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:47:37 PM
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@6 they aren't cutting off the co-op spartan ops, this next week will be a collection of levels from the first five episodes, followed by repeating episodes 1-5 every week.

here's an excerpt from yesterday's Halo Bulletin on
"Spartan Ops will go on a mid-season break starting December 10. Fret not, though, because your entire Spartan Ops timeline will still be both accessible and playable. On top of that, we will also be featuring 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

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."

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Comment #8 by Steakslave
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:54:43 PM
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When this mode was first announced I was really excited. Unfortunately, its been a big letdown.

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Comment #9 by daardu
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 10:56:48 PM
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Wow, it's still season 1. I'm impressed.

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Comment #10 by left4dead23
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 11:04:36 PM
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so are they going to release new achievements with the new episodes?

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Comment #11 by Benmahalf X
Friday, December 07, 2012 @ 11:22:02 PM
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Well if I remember correctly, 44% of the votes during the VGAs called for more maps, and 44% called for more diverse/interesting missions, with 11% voting for the third option. Hopefully they'll take the hint and make BOTH new maps and different mission types (because more than half of them are like firefight anyway...).

A best of...meh. I can see that helping people with achievements though. Personally I think all missions should be available at anytime, but that might spread the community too thin for a decent PUG.

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Comment #12 by rjl champ rjl
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 12:15:21 AM
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@ 6 Oh, I see. Sorry about that :/.

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Comment #13 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 12:39:33 AM
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I like spartan ops, but i would have really preferred a "Training Simulator" for ODST's On the infinity and justify NO SPARTAN FIREFIGHT. that was it was built on. Being ODSTs in firefight was way different that controlling Spartans. If a Brute With a Hammer approached you if you are a Spartan you happily die. BUT........... if you were a ODST and super tinnier than the Brute YOU would shit bricks

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Comment #14 by BobHarskins
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 01:04:02 AM
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January 21st can't come soon enough...

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Comment #15 by MattCannell91
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 02:50:19 AM
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I just want them to stick Grifball back on the matchmaking roster

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Comment #16 by cheevo360
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 03:24:40 AM
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Cool me and my best friend will get it for achievements out of way and will have fun in between throughout new Spartan ops missions. We will only get achievements for this DLC because we will have spent time with DmC, Sniper: Ghost Warriors 2 and Painkiller: Hell & Damnation in January 2013 as they releases this time. So January seem to be quite busy time again. Lol

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Comment #17 by RDWatson16
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 04:33:43 AM
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they are doing this to let people experience the new maps first before putting them in and so you don't have to play it over christmas when you get other games so smart move 343

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Comment #18 by HorsemanOfWar16
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 04:42:35 AM
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I think this may just be me, but I'm not that fond of spartan ops - it's very repetitive and boring and I do not care for the characters.
Can someone tell me this why has FIREFIGHT mode from ODST been taken out of 4?!

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Comment #19 by osakamitsu
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 05:38:21 AM
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I assume they will start charging for spartan ops once 6 starts. Wonder how much? Chevos?

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Comment #20 by ColdSpider72
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 06:04:37 AM
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@19: You are wrong, just like the hundreds of other people that assumed and posted the same thing and were proven wrong by 343 statements to the contrary. The Spartan Ops experience (not just the first 5 episodes) is FREE.

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Comment #21 by Caramel Cardinal
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 06:07:33 AM
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the 6 episodes after christmas are free
why take a break, well becaus3e we have the new map pack on monday
then we have christmas which the guys at 343 like most of us want off and want a holiday aswell

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Comment #22 by The Red Russian
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 09:36:28 AM
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Better be new maps.

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Comment #23 by jonny24794
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:34:27 AM
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#22 its on disc content they're already there 343 just unlock them. wont be seeing any fresh maps til season 2 thats when they start charging. lets hope they learn from this first season

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Comment #24 by G4M3 CHANGER
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:52:15 AM
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spartan ops are NOT FREE you need to purchase halo 4 in order to play them. You have been informed.

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Comment #25 by The Kingslayer
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 11:14:58 AM
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Has anyone else been disappointed with Spartan Ops ? to me it was just multiplayer maps with bots and the occasional task, I admire what they were trying to do with it but I can't believe they ditched Firefight for it.

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Comment #26 by webdoggy
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 01:35:27 PM
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@7 from the excerpt regarding the fret not, they will all still be available part. Does that mean they will eventually be unavailable making their achievements unobtainable?

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Comment #27 by Schir
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 03:06:03 PM
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@15 I agree I wish they would bring Griffball back too. (Unless because of Griff, because he dropped the equipment in episode 5, chapter 5 Easter Egg.)
Also it would be nice for some other gametypes too. Like maybe VIP.

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Comment #28 by a C4M3R0N a
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 03:20:17 PM
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@26. I believe the "fret not" statement was just a reference to the fact that the Spartan ops is "going on a break". You can still play episodes 1-5 on solo or co-op with a party. I don't see the achievements becoming unobtainable at all either. All of the current episodes are on disc 2 and 343 just unlocks them each week.

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Comment #29 by a C4M3R0N a
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 03:31:42 PM
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@27. Grifball will come eventually, its already available in custom matches. I saw on halo waypoint matchmaking game types, both Grifball and Extraction were being tracked. Extraction will become unlocked with the Crimson map pack next week.

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Comment #30 by Legiion
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 03:55:24 PM
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Looking forward to it :D

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Comment #31 by The Produca
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 04:18:52 PM
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Hope this and the 3 map packs bring the total score to 2000

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Comment #32 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 05:03:23 PM
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Sparton Ops is boring and I skip all the cutscenes because I really do not care for these characters on recycled maps.

Firefight was so much better, so much more variation. Fun.

I hope it returns in Halo 5 and they realise it is 5x the game mode that Spartan Ops is.

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Comment #33 by kingkongkyle
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 06:10:01 PM
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The fact that you can't play all the levels publicly at any time is dumb anyways...

Other than for achievements, Spartan Ops is pretty boring. Hopefully they are taking the time off to make an episode actually worth while

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Comment #34 by xDrDeath
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 07:35:42 PM
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The only thing I got from spartan ops was a true hatered for the word crimson.

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Comment #35 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 09:35:16 PM
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Ehhh, spartan ops are fun. But I wish they had like real cutscenes for it.

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Comment #36 by Haydenshaw25
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:24:39 PM
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I say that the episode cutscence's are cool but in the chapter, they should be skippable

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Comment #37 by Schir
Saturday, December 08, 2012 @ 10:44:52 PM
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@29 I know about Griffball and Extraction. I was commenting on #15's comment.

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Comment #38 by Darkdefiler84
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 03:21:42 AM
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@32 the cutscenes are unskippable... aren't they?

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Comment #39 by HookT On Kronic
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 03:02:12 PM
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@26 i was wondering the same thing

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Comment #40 by TreLamY
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 04:31:44 PM
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Looking forward to it..!

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Comment #41 by ChomskyKnows
Sunday, December 09, 2012 @ 07:41:48 PM
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some of the worst dialog i've ever heard in an entertainment product.....ever....bla bla bla eggheads....

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Comment #42 by Tai_MT
Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 02:01:07 AM
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Wow, Spartan Ops recieves a LOT of hate. I have no idea why people are hating on it. No penalty for death. You can play it with your friends (instead of matchmaking, which I prefer). You can play it on WHATEVER difficulty you want. You can grind out a few commendations in it fairly fast. Nice chunk of XP for about 15 minutes of your time.

And people are wishing Firefight was back? SERIOUSLY? Dude, Firefight hasn't been interesting since ODST. Even then, it gets old. Even then, you have to have a dedicated 4-man-team to get very far in it with people running SPECIFIC jobs (like someone running heavy weapons and someone running shield destroys, while someone cleans up the shield destroys and the other player destroys infantry). Firefight gets old in a matter of ten minutes. Same thing, every map, every time. Same enemies every time. Same tactics to beating them every time. Same places to hole up, every single time. This isn't fun, it's boring.

I, for one, am happy to see Firefight go by the wayside. The only way I will ENJOY its return is if we can FORGE it next time.

As for Spartan Ops... I've been enjoying the story of it as well as the bits of humor. True, the first couple episodes didn't have much with just the lady saying, "If it moves, kill it" over and over... But once Episode 3 was released, it got better. I'm actually eager to see why they want the Librarian and what happend to our missing Spartan and Scientist. I want to know if we get to kill Jul'Mdama by the end of the tenth week...

It's fun for me!

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Comment #43 by Yalic
Monday, December 10, 2012 @ 12:52:28 PM
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I agree Spartan Ops was big fun an its an easy way to lvl up your spartan.

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Comment #44 by phalanx 100
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 06:00:54 AM
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Sparton ops is very cheap looking comparing it to Firefight, 10 minutes and our done with one level, its getting really boring, hopefully they wont be re-using all the maps all over again...

its sad 343 is trying to make big bucks with it, i mean think about it, your gonna have to buy every episode, how will our wallets look after 4 seasons? pretty empty i think, and 343 is laughing its mouth wide.

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Comment #45 by Swe Gizzeh
Friday, December 28, 2012 @ 03:51:43 AM
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Its so fun that they are starting with this infinity challange when many of the players of this game is stuck on SR70. Srsly I dont understand how they can do this... They have lost many players to this game because of the specializations. JUST RELEASE THEM, I WONT PLAY UNTIL!

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Comment #46 by Timmsy
Saturday, December 29, 2012 @ 12:39:15 PM
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I love spartan ops especially when it's free!

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Comment #47 by Dancing Rick
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 10:27:29 PM
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So glad to have a date for this, love the idea of Spartan Ops, extends the story in a fun, interesting way - the fact that you don't have to pay anything extra for it can't be sniffed at either!

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