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The Halo Bulletin: 10-9-13
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Matchmaking Playlist Update

We announced in the 9.25 bulleting that an update for the primary issues related to the Champions Bundle was slated to release this month. This update is now going through final testing, and should be released in the near future. We’ll be sure to provide an update (and corresponding change list) once the release is finalized.

Also, after reviewing the last month of feedback and data from the Team Slayer playlist, we’ve decided to remove the Majestic DLC requirement. One of the primary goals of this experiment was to determine the feasibility of required DLC in Matchmaking, and while we knew the population of the playlist would drop, we found that the resulting numbers did not allow for the optimal Matchmaking experience for this playlist. As of this coming Monday, no DLC will be required to play in the playlist. Moving forward, we’ll continue to investigate the best ways to make DLC content available in Matchmaking. If you’d like to see where all of the DLC maps have been integrated into Matchmaking, this information is always available on the Halo 4 playlist page. We thank you for your feedback, and encourage you to hop in and enjoy!

There are only a few days left to play King of the Hill, our current featured playlist. If you enjoy the multikills and frenetic chaos that comes with 5 vs. 5 objective games, don’t worry – Oddball is our next featured playlist.


Oddball was one of the community favorites from the Team Objective playlist, and we’re excited to bring it back with optimized settings, maps, and game types. The playlist will be centered on two game modes: Oddball and Legendary Oddball. The first is the original game type that shipped with Halo 4, with personal Loadouts and random ball spawning enabled. Much like Legendary King of the Hill, Legendary Oddball offers an experience with BR-start Loadouts and static ball spawning, meaning that if the ball is played (thrown off the map), the ball will return to the same central location each time. These two experiences will be available in the first and second voting slots of the playlist, respectively. One of the game types in the third voting slot will be brand new to Halo, and contain lots of explosions and sticky things. Presenting: Stickyball.


When building the Oddball playlist, we knew we wanted to offer something that was similar to Rocketball or Swordball, but we needed a new game type that only Halo 4 could bring to the table. In Stickyball, players are equipped with the Sticky Detonator and Plasma Grenades. If you’re familiar with the stickiness of Halo 4’s sandbox, you had probably already guessed this. With projectiles and grenades sticking to people, walls and balls, teams will fight over the Oddball while trying to avoid getting blown up. We hope you enjoy the game type and we’ll be monitoring feedback for possible inclusion into the Action Sack playlist after the Oddball playlist is replaced with Community Forge Ricochet on October 28th.

In Spartan Ops, we’ll be continuing with an encore of episode 5 with Grunt Birthday Party, IWHBYD and Mythic Skulls enabled. Additionally, we’d like to remind you that weekends in October feature big XP rewards, with increased values on weekend Challenges. If you’re looking for some extra XP, be sure to hop in on the weekends. If you’re looking to play with and against 343 staff in Halo 4, then be sure to hop into the Oddball playlist this Monday for our upcoming Community Playdate!

Community Playdate: 10.14.13

To celebrate the return of Oddball as the featured playlist, members of the 343 Industries team will be heading into the new playlist for a Community Playdate. If you’d like to get in on the action, be on the lookout for the following Gamertags:
B is for Bravo
bs angel
We’ll be searching in the Oddball playlist from 6-8pm PDT. We look forward to playing with you, and if you’re really good, we hope you’re on our team. See you then!

Team Throwdown Update

Team Throwdown, our premiere competitive playlist, will be updated to GH057ayame’s tournament-community-standard “v5” settings this coming Monday. Extensive testing went into the updated maps and game types, and the list of 11 map / game type combinations now looks like this:
Team Slayer on Abandon
Team Slayer on Haven
Extraction on Haven
Team Slayer on Onyx
Team Slayer on Pitfall
Ricochet on Pitfall
CTF on Simplex
Ricochet on Simplex
CTF on Skyline
Extraction on Station 9
Team Slayer on Vertigo
To get the lowdown on all of the updates coming to Team Throwdown, I caught up with the community playlist designer, GH057ayame.

Games with Gold: Halo 3 

From October 16th – 31st, Halo 3 will be free for all Xbox Live Gold members as part of Games with Gold! The Games with Gold program gives every Xbox Live Gold subscriber two free Xbox 360 games per month until the release of Xbox One. If you haven’t yet played Halo 3, would like to relive the campaign, or just want to play some multiplayer, head to the Xbox Live Marketplace to download.

See you on the war games TPB.

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