Halo 4
Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack Coming Soon, More Spartan Ops Incoming Later This Month
Written Thursday, January 10, 2013 By Richard Walker
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In the first Halo Bulletin of 2013, posted on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries has outlined the next couple of months of content for Halo 4, which includes the arrival of the Majestic Map Pack, bundling two small maps and one medium-sized map. There'll be new specialisations and multiplayer playlists too, such as Grifball, Team Doubles and the Forge Test, which will add Forge Mode maps to multiplayer matchmaking.

And as the Infinity Challenge winds down, 343 is also planning the return of Spartan Ops with the second half of the first season, tentatively scheduled to re-commence from January 21st. It'll bring "brand new stories, missions and locations" with each new episode of Spartan Ops, while looking towards February there'll be updates including FFA and an updated Team Snipers playlist, as well as the Majestic Map Pack at the end of the month.

Check out 343's "tentative" schedule right here:

  • Week of 1/21

Spartan Ops Episode 6: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
"Forge Test" playlist (name not final): A rotational hopper featuring small Forge maps such as Relay. Help us test these maps by providing feedback and reporting bugs that will assist us in getting them ready for Matchmaking!
Specializations: Pioneer and Pathfinder Specializations unlocked for all players.

  • Week of 1/28

Spartan Ops Episode 7: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
Grifball playlist: A rotational hopper featuring everybody’s favorite virtual sport. Catch the disease!
Specializations: Engineer and Stalker Specializations unlocked for all players.

  • Week of 2/4

Spartan Ops Episode 8: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
Team Doubles playlist: A rotational hopper for those of you that like action of the 2 vs 2 variety.
Specializations: Rogue and Tracker Specializations unlocked for all players.

[Via OXM]


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Comment #1 by ZLU CORONA
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:04:37 AM
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first day!

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Comment #2 by Craphex
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:04:59 AM
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Very nice, impressed with this game and 343i, don't care what others say :D

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Comment #3 by akeemx
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:05:07 AM
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sounds great .i cant wait, should be nice

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Comment #4 by Kailon791
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:18:11 AM
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Grifball!! So happy to have it back. Can't wait to play. Surprised at how much I'm loving Halo 4 but it may be my favorite MP since Halo 2.

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Comment #5 by TransonicPower
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:20:04 AM
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finally more maps coming! Also this will shut all the whiners about the specializations.

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Comment #6 by BiggD
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:20:17 AM
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Holy shit. Team Doubles. YES!

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Comment #7 by smashingrascal
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:23:56 AM
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Maybe i'll restart playing halo 4 by then. Unless they screw me up for not owning the first DLC.

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Comment #8 by Sanchezz4387
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:30:14 AM
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not played this as much as ive like, had some serious issues with crimson map pack. it wont let me create matches with the new maps and tells me i need to download them yet i can play quick matches online with the new maps in rotations :s very weird.....liking the spartan ops tho INSANE XP

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Comment #9 by Kinky Mong
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:30:32 AM
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"while looking towards February there'll be updates including FFA"


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Comment #10 by zaXor101
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:46:50 AM
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Hurry up and fix the file browser

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Comment #11 by SlapYouInHD
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:53:25 AM
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Do we get to test this map pack as well?

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Comment #12 by Quackers789
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 08:17:03 AM
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Comment #13 by fuzbuz
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 08:26:04 AM
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I'm still waiting for multi-team. I loved the mode in Halo 3 and Reach. Plus, I hate the fact that everyone starts with a DMR/Battle Rifle. Everyone starts with a power weapon.

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Comment #14 by ronnie42
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 08:28:31 AM
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"brand new stories, missions and locations"

Basically means 3-5 minute cutscene, re-used missions with random changes......... reycled locations.......... Anyone who has played all the missions like me would know this.

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Comment #15 by Rasgele
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 09:01:28 AM
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took em way to long for a grifball playlist, but eh its here and i"m happy now

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Comment #16 by iBlaise
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 09:40:18 AM
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Playlists needed: Team Objective, Big Team Objective, Multi-Team, Action Sack, and of course, Grifball. I'd like to see a playlist that has some rotation with the different game modes, the only playlist that does that currently is the Crimson DLC playlist, and those maps get boring quickly. Also, bring back Assault and if you can, Invasion!

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Comment #17 by BiggD
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 09:43:58 AM
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@ 16, One Flag CTF too, my friend.

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Comment #18 by strawberry
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 09:44:26 AM
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Comment #19 by iBlaise
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 09:51:55 AM
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@17: I agree, but I meant game modes as a whole, like Assault would include Neutral Assault and One Bomb. Any variations of game modes would be a nice inclusion.

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Comment #20 by Zacry072
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:00:44 AM
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I still think it was a mistake for them to release the specializations little by little. They should have made it to where in order to get the third and fourth specializations you needed to complete the first two, etc., or something along those lines. OR just made them all available once you were able to specialize to beging with. I was one of the group that had access to them all to begin with, but I just feel bad for anyone that got gipped and hasn't been able to get past SR-70 for a while now.

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Comment #21 by Caramel Cardinal
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:05:36 AM
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nice, though anyone else think all these playlists should have been in the matchmaking day one?

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Comment #22 by god_that_failed
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:21:15 AM
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Love the new playlists and the new maps they are adding, but please 343i, bring back the fine tuning button in forge because it's currently a pain in the ass to move shit vertically without magnets.

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Comment #24 by head0r Inc
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:36:18 AM
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Hurry up and fix the freakin lag, god damnit.. Bringing out DLC after DLC wihtout even bothering to fix the issues and flaws this game got. It's hilarious that you can't even start Spartan Ops with just only one other person without having a laggy game.. seriously.. wtf. H4 is fucked up and it makes me sad.

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Comment #25 by Blue Thunder28
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:45:11 AM
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I love it!

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Comment #26 by SLaXeH
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 10:53:44 AM
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@24 Must just be you. I've done all the Spartan Ops missions in groups and haven't had a single issue with lag.

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Comment #27 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 11:18:16 AM
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343 is the dumbest developer. They took away Team Snipers for no reason. They still don't have grifball. Join in progress shit doesn't work properly. Game lags too often, with that black screen coming up.

When did I last play this game again?

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Comment #28 by plum
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 11:27:37 AM
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Yeeees griffball and team doubles.

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Comment #29 by XsniperXxxXGODX
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 11:56:07 AM
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Written Thursday, January 10, 2013 By Richard Walker
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According to a new report published by market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC), in December 2012 lifetime shipments of PlayStation 3 consoles reached 77 million, surpassing shipments of Xbox 360 consoles by 1 million units, as noted in's summarisation of the 67-page study.

This is despite Sony launching the PS3 in 2007, a year later than Microsoft's Xbox 360, and a relatively slow start thanks to the console's high price point at launch. No doubt the more affordable slim and super slim models of the console have helped in contributing to these latest figures.

Of course, these figures relate to units shipped rather than sold, although Sony reported that 70 million PlayStation 3's had been sold in November 2012, a month after Microsoft had reported the same figure. Good stuff...

To Michael!

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Comment #30 by Fayterinho
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 12:31:44 PM
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Well this will give me a good reason to jump back into Halo 4. Far Cry 3 been eating up all my time lately.

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Comment #31 by Kisushima
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 12:44:02 PM
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Grifball! Oh yes.. A dedicated playlist finally..

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Comment #32 by thenewpeter
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 01:55:21 PM
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343 need to address a few problems first really, they NEED TO FIX THE FILE BROWSER. There is no point in this feature being there, because you can't do anything with it yet.
Adding an option to turn off 'join mid game' I'm getting sick of joining games that I'm instantly loosing and everyone else having massive advantage's over me.
Add a larger playlist roster, there are too few game types, when you compare it to the other games, they cut back on way to many.

I enjoy this game, but 1 person spoiled the game for me, the dam moron can't keep his mouth shut >.> hearing him moan every time he died or didn't get a kill really starts to grind on you're nerve's and leave a bad taste in you're mouth.

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Comment #33 by UryuIshida72
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 02:08:52 PM
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nice to where's that co-op campaign playlist? Cuz all my friends are off in War games and customs -___-.

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Comment #34 by Klebo
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 02:08:55 PM
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New Spartan Ops Missions is something I'll look forward to :) I liked Season 1

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Comment #35 by xxdiamondxxinfernoxx
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 02:41:04 PM
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DOUBLES!! Finally

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Comment #36 by SQUIRTING TOAST
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 04:38:00 PM
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Why is everyone pissing and moaning spartan ops is free, FREEEEE! is it not enough that they did campaign, multiplayer with 10 maps and dlc and forge with a theater mode? and you're are moaning why?
They are always updating it with play lists and updates? man you get free stuff and people moan you can never win.

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Comment #37 by Dr Popodopolus
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 04:49:19 PM
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I'm sorry, but Halo 4 doesn't have the 'stay' factor of Halo 3.

I lost interest after about 2 weeks, and struggle to pick the game back up and motivate myself to get the rest of the achievements.

Oh, and Spartan Ops has nothing on Firefight.

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Comment #38 by the ferenczy
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 05:11:25 PM
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Any word on achievements for spartan ops or just more mp?

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Comment #39 by Dydu5
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 05:28:24 PM
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@37 Halo 3 was crap dude. Slow dull and boring

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Comment #40 by BiggD
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 05:37:43 PM
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@37, Spartan Ops is basically Firefight with a story behind it if you really think about it dude...When broken down...they're the exact same thing -> fending off waves of enemies.

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Comment #41 by wcrawford
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 06:05:59 PM
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Spartan ops is a big disappointment

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Comment #42 by Targus
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 07:03:30 PM
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@26 Not just him, but a huge amount of people on Halo 4 have experienced horrendous matchmaking and lag issues - more so in Spartan Ops than multiplayer. You played Spartan Ops alone and joined randomers through the match making and never experienced lag? You must be blessed. Spartan Ops for the majority is only lag free when you do it privately with mates.

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Comment #43 by l.maciver
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 08:01:05 PM
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"grif, what you doing in this base, grifball is back and they need there pinata. now get out there."

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Comment #44 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, January 10, 2013 @ 11:36:55 PM
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Campaign gameplay - 6/10 (Endless Promethean sections lower this)
Story - 7/10 (Strongest point is the relationship between MC and Cortana)
Multiplayer - 6/10 (Botched custom games, the backbone of Halo multiplayer)
Spartan Ops - 3/10 (Laggy, repetitive gameplay and locations; Palmer is weak)
DLC 1 - 8/10 (Breadth of original achievements, good large-sized maps)

Overall - 7/10
A strong entry in the Halo universe but it leaves a lot to be desired, which the older Halo games surprisingly had (Superb customs - Halo 3, Fantastic story - Halo 1,2,3, Incredible forge - Halo: Reach, Firefight - ODST)

Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy Halo 4, but as a hardcore fan of the series since day 1, I can't help but feel we're being taken two steps back with Halo 4.

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Comment #45 by Timmsy
Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 06:40:16 AM
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Proper love the spartan ops idea, it can be one episode a month if they really wanted it to be as 5missions a week is crazy, only obsessed people play it that quick...

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Comment #46 by Reytrill
Friday, January 11, 2013 @ 02:59:46 PM
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yea finally this ought to bring some gamers back to halo 4 with all these new maps,missions,playlists i cannot wait for all these updates

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Comment #47 by Restricted-Access
Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 06:30:58 PM
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Team Snipers will arrive with the 3rd map pack!

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Comment #48 by Sir Ciety
Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 07:57:12 PM
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Be so happy to rank past 70

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Comment #49 by Bannankev
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 @ 04:41:19 AM
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Loving it! Can't wait for more Ops!!!!

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Comment #50 by neremic16
Thursday, January 17, 2013 @ 09:15:59 AM
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Sounds good. But Halo 4 is definitely one of the best Halo's. I really enjoyed the storyline and Spartan Ops just adds some depth into the whole Multiplayer portion of the game. Can't wait for the new map pack. I found myself bored of Crimson Map pack pretty quick.

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Comment #51 by GoldenEagle29
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 11:48:30 AM
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Eh, Halo 4 is blah. Even Reach implemented new features I kind of liked (4 is better than Reach IMO, I'm just saying the forge and customs >>> 4) while 4 in a way backs off of what Reach did well. That isn't a bad thing necessarily, as the closer Halo returns to the Halo 2/3 roots the better, but 4 wasn't a step in that direction.

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Comment #52 by astrowalker66
Friday, January 18, 2013 @ 09:58:23 PM
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I was a little nervous about 343 taking over for Bungie on the ole Halo franchise. But i have to say Im Extremely happy with where there taking Master Chief!!

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