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Halo 4 update: 343 adds Extraction playlist, new Forge maps, Waypoint file browser

Seller and Simplex join CTF playlist

Halo 4 gets another dose of modes and community content on Monday, 4th March. This week's headline change-up is that Extraction will now have its own playlist. There are also a couple of new community-created Forge mode maps on the way to the Capture The Flag playlist - Seller and Simplex, the latter of which you may recall from Team Throwdown.

"Extraction is a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map," reads the latest Halo Bulletin. "Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs.

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"If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point is theirs. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins."

Here's a rundown of the specifics. I tackled this mode recently while reviewing Halo 4's Majestic Map Pack. Those beacons are tricksy little rascals, particularly when located in-doors. Pro tip: bring a grav hammer and lots of grenades.

Mode - Extraction
Team Setup - 5 vs. 5
Score to Win - 5
Loadouts - Custom
Instant Respawn - Disabled
Death Cam - Enabled
Motion Tracker - Enabled
Personal Ordnance - Disabled
Active Sites - Map Dependent
Site Location - Sequential
Site Movement - On Extraction
Arming Time - 3 Seconds
Extraction Time - 45 Seconds
Conversion Time - 3 Seconds
Timer Pause - Enabled

Onto the new Forge maps. Simplex is an arena map created by avid Forger SaLoT. Settler, meanwhile, is "a fast paced, semi-symmetrical on-disc Ravine variant that rests atop a verdant cliff side - it will be appearing in Matchmaking for the first time, slightly tweaked for 5 vs. 5 CTF".

343 also plans to tweak spawn times for the Majestic Team DLC playlist, and will enable motion trackers in Rumble Pro. Oh, and one more thing: there's now a workable File Browser over at Halo Waypoint, letting you browse screenshots, videos and Forge Maps uploaded by fellow Spartans without wading through the sticky in-game interface.

Anybody here got hold of Majestic? What do you think?

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