Halo 4 Latest Spartan Ops Video And New Playlists

By Andrew Ogley, 3 years ago
Fans of Halo 4 get an overdose of loving slightly ahead of St. Valentines Day. Following on from the earlier trailer announcement the folks over at 343 Industries have released the latest episode in the Spartan Ops series, entitled "Expendable". No spoilers, just go watch and enjoy.



The second piece of news published on the Halo Waypoint blog concerns the introduction of a new matchmaking playlist called Team Doubles. Unsurprisingly it is centered around 2 vs 2 combat, and comes with three different game types, Infinity Doubles, Doubles Pro, and CTF Doubles.

From the blog we have the following details for you:
Infinity Doubles offers the Infinity Slayer experience in 2 vs 2 form. In this variant, players have the option to choose their custom loadout, and instant respawn and radar are enabled. Personal ordnance will kick in at the traditional 70 point mark, but the options are tweaked specifically for Team Doubles. Games are played up to 300 points
Doubles Pro offers an experience that features preset game loadouts. The score limit is the same as above, but radar, personal ordnance and instant respawn are disabled. Here are the loadouts that will be featured.

Loadout 1:
Starting Weapon - DMR
Secondary Weapon - Magnum
Armor Abilities - None
Tactical Mod - Resupply
Support Mod - Dexterity

Loadout 2:
Starting Weapon - BR
Secondary Weapon - Magnum
Armor Abilities - None
Tactical Mod - Resupply
Support Mod - Dexterity

Loadout 3:
Starting Weapon - LightRifle
Secondary Weapon - Magnum
Armor Abilities - None
Tactical Mod - Resupply
Support Mod - Dexterity

Loadout 4:
Starting Weapon - Carbine
Secondary Weapon - Magnum
Armor Abilities - None
Tactical Mod - Resupply
Support Mod - Dexterity
CTF Doubles offers the ever-popular Capture the Flag game type, customized for 2 vs 2 play. Custom loadouts and radar are enabled, and respawn time is set to 10 seconds. Flag settings provide an optimal experience for small maps and teams: 5 flags to win, 3 second return, and 15 second reset. Lastly, your flag does not have to be home to score.
Along with Team Doubles, the CTF playlist is also updated with the maps Relay and Exile being added. Additionally there is a reduction in the flag reset time, dropping down to 15 seconds, on the smaller maps of Adrift, Abandon, Solace and Relay.

The most significant change to the CTF playlist is the addition of CTF Infinity to the voting options. Again, quoting from the blog we have the following details:
– in this new variant, players will have the ability to call in personal ordnance in order to add variety, power and, in some cases, total chaos to their flag runs. Keep in mind that because of the high amount of points associated with objective play, players who capture a flag will immediately receive personal ordnance in exchange for their hard work (in addition to the traditional pat on the back).
Finally, if that wasn't enough for a single update, the blog also announced the unlocking of two new specializations, Rogue and Tracker.
Rogue: Spartan optimization for single-operative missions which require a lone Spartan to be deployed on their own for incredibly long durations of time, even years if required. The Stability armor mod allows users to increase their aiming stability when being fired upon.

Tracker: Spartan optimization for long-range target tracking (trans-continent and off-world), particularly in scenarios where conventional tracking has failed or such a substantial time has passed that the trail has gone cold. The Requisition armor mod allows users the ability to recall their own ordnance requests in order to acquire more helpful weapons in the field.
Leveling up through these Specializations will grant you access to armor sets, emblems, visor colors, weapon and armor skins, and lastly, armor mods. If you’re a fan of precision weapons, the Stability armor mod is a must-have – it’ll allow you to keep a cool head and a steady shot when under enemy fire. If you love getting personal ordnance (who doesn’t) but you’d rather have a Sniper Rifle than a Needler (shame on you, the Needler is fantastic!), then the Requisition armor mod may be of interest to you. It will allow you to call in a new set of personal ordnance options if you are unhappy with your original set. Good luck with both of these!
All the above changes to the playlists went live with the Monday night update on February 4th, so they should be available for you all to enjoy right now.
Andrew Ogley
Written by Andrew Ogley
Andrew has been writing for TA since 2011 covering news, reviews and the occasional editorials and features. One of the grumpy old men of the team, his mid-life crisis has currently manifested itself in the form of an addiction to sim-racing - not being able to afford the real life car of his dreams. When not spending hours burning simulated rubber, he still likes to run around, shoot stuff and blow things up - in the virtual world only of course.