In another of her whimsical community broadsides, Halo Waypoint figurehead Jessica Shea has shared details of a few forthcoming Halo 4 playlists and character Specialisations.
Besides Spartan Ops Episode 7, next Monday, 28th January will see the release of a new Grifball playlist - a celebration of what Shea terms "the greatest online sport". Here's a potted history, if you're fresh to the field: "The game type was first created by Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth back in the days of Halo 3, where it gained an online following and quickly became one of the most played custom games in the history of Halo Multiplayer.
"It features two teams of four, who are equipped with Gravity Hammers and Energy Swords. These teams spawn facing one another in a large arena known as "the court." In the center of the Grifball court lays the ball, or bomb. At the start of the match, both teams rush towards the bomb in an overall effort to plant it at their enemy's spawn.
"If you haven't yet played and the above sounds complicated, don't worry - you'll get the hang of it right away, and likely play for many hours and forget that you have any responsibilities at all."
Halo 4's lead designer Kevin Franklin has also passed on details of two other playlists, dedicated to Extraction and Infinity CTF. The need-to-know on them and the Grifball playlist is below:
- Grifball Playlist: Slated to include multiple versions of Grifball and new courts.
- Extraction Playlist: Adding overtime, fixing a score bug, improving the capture experience, and tuning maps.
- Infinity CTF: More details next week.
According to Franklin, "several of the modes currently on 'hiatus' are getting updates and fixes based on community feedback". The team is also "planning to build several multi-mode playlists that include rotated modes, and new modes we have not launched yet." Furthermore, "we hope to keep Grifball and Doubles in as regular playlists."
He went onto discuss the new and improved Competitive Skill Rank system, which will integrate with your Waypoint player profile, viewable on tablets, phones and PCs. Brace for another set of bulletpoints:
- You will have a unique CSR visible per playlist.
- Your highest CSR across all playlists will be promoted in the player profile on Halo Waypoint.
- CSR uses familiar 1-50 scale.
- When CSR launches, everyone will start with a fresh rating.
In parting, "we are incredibly excited for our upcoming DLC announcement". Hopefully, they'll cram in more than three maps this time...
The upcoming Specialisations are Engineer and Stalker. The first comes with a "Drop Recon Armor Mod [which allows users to predict the location and time of an Ordnance Drop through an external suborbital monitoring system." The second packs a "Nemesis armor mod allows users to target and track down previous attacking enemies, highlighting them on the armor's passive sensors".
I've never played Grifball, for some reason. Perhaps now is the time to take an interest... Thanks to VG247 for the spot.