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.


"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?