Halo 4 Spartan Ops Episode 9 out now - watch the launch trailer here

In which Crimson Team go looking for abductees

Another week, another dose of Spartan-scented partying-up. 343 has released the launch video for episode 9 of Halo 4's Spartan Ops campaign, in which the crew of the UNSC Infinity race to rescue Dr Catherine Halsey from the clutches of Elite bossman Jul 'Mdama.

There's mention of Scorpion tanks, marine-saving and Firefight-style wave survival in the blurbs for each chapter. Sounds like a regular banquet of butt-kicking, a buffet of ballistics, a... a wine-and-cheese board of shoot-outs. The content should be available right this very moment, tucked away on the in-game Infinity menu.

Next week, the final episode of Season 1. Any thoughts on the series so far to share? I'd have preferred a new Firefight Mode with massively expanded customisation options, myself, but then I've been saying that since Episode 2, and you're probably sick to the back teeth of me.