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Halo 4 update: new maps for SWAT, Team Objective, Rumble Pit, Infinity Slayer, Flood and Team Snipers

343 nearly done with weapon balance tuning, invites community to test

Halo 4 multiplayer is to be updated with new maps next Monday, 343 has announced - the developer is adding a number of user-created Forge maps to several playlists. At this rate, there'll soon be more Forge maps in regular matchmaking than the official, vanilla variety.

The maps may be familiar from the special Community Forge Test and FFA Forge Test playlists - they've been updated to provide "new experiences across multiple game modes". Find the full list further down the page. Now, let us turn to the august and magnificent subject of weapon balancing.

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"As you probably know by now, we have been actively tuning some of the weapons in the Halo 4 sandbox," reads the latest Halo Bulletin. "We are still regularly playtesting, and excited to say that we're nearing the end of tweaking and tuning each weapon." Once it's done poking around, 343 will invite select community members to the studio to try out the results. It also plans to livestream the playtests with commentary from designers and community via http://www.twitch.tv/343industries, so everybody can get a taste. Expect all this to happen in May, though exact dates and times are TBC.

The tuned weapons will go live for Halo 4 players worldwide on Monday, 3rd June. "Once this update is released, we estimate that we won't be making adjustments for at least several weeks as we examine the results of how this update changes gameplay behaviour, strategy, loadout selection and more," the post concludes.

Read more about the planned balancing changes in our previous Halo 4 update story. Remember, nothing's been finalised just yet. Here's the list of the maps they've added.

Added to SWAT
Black Site by The Fated Fire
Plaza by Smexi Bilzo
Shutout by SaLoT and NLTROOO

Added to Rumble Pit
Black Site by The Fated Fire
Simplex by SaLoT
Scythe by PA1NTS
Serenity by DG Intensity
Opus by SHIFTY time

Removed from Rumble Pit
Shutout by SaLoT and NLTROOO

Added to Team Objective
Edifice by Redemption1271 (KoTH)
Plaza by Smexi Bilzo (KoTH)
Serenity by DG Intensity (KoTH)
Station 9 by SaLoT (KoTH)
Station 9 by SaLoT (Extraction)

Added to Infinity Slayer
Assault by NLTROOO
Opus by SHIFTY time
Simplex by SaLoT
Scythe by PA1NTS
Shutout by SaLoT

Added to Flood
Black Site by The Fated Fire
Malice by AgentPaperCraft
Serenity by DG Intensity

Team Snipers
Shutout has been updated with improved respawn points for Team Snipers.

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"The above map selections are the result of your feedback, as well as hours of playtesting and fine-tuning of spawns, map layouts and more by the authors and Community Cartographers," notes the Bulletin. "We hope you're excited to try out some of these community creations in Halo 4's official War Games playlists - if you'd like to get your maps discovered, be sure to post in the Official Community Cartographer's Thread.

"Other Matchmaking updates this week include removing the Grunt Birthday effect from Fiesta Classic (okay, we were getting tired of it too) in the Action Sack playlist, as well as fixing the underground tunnel respawn point on the map Settler. Lastly, we've updated several of the Grifball settings to reflect the correct community settings in regards to Base Player Damage, Grif Damage Resistance, Grif Shield Multiplier and Suicide Penalty.

"The above additions and updates are just the beginning of playlist changes coming for the month of May and beyond. In the future, we have plans to introduce a little more Forge Island into your Matchmaking experience, as well add some new game modes to existing playlists. Be on the lookout for more details of these on Waypoint in the coming weeks."

Intriguing aside: Tesco recently advertised an "upcoming Halo" for release this year. Could it be Halo 5?

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