Posted on December 10, 2007,

Halo 3 Playlist Updates on December 11 and December 18

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Tomorrow will see the new Halo 3 downloadable content (read: maps) released, which means a playlist update to add a playlist specifically for the new maps, as well as those maps being worked into other playlists. There are some other changes as well, which Bungie lead multiplayer designer Tyson Green outlined.

The December 11 playlist update is well into testing. This playlist is going to include a playlist specifically for the new Heroic DLC maps (so that early adopters can get their fix in), as well as incorporating those maps into the general playlists. In addition, we’re reasonably sure that variety updates to almost all of the playlists will be included. This includes some long requested BR Start variants, wider map selection in the Ranked playlists, and a couple of map variants that we’re going to try in BTB to start with. We’re a little hamstrung on this first update because the studio resources are giving priority to finishing and testing the Heroic DLC maps, but we do have more in mind for December.

Next week, on December 18, Halo 3 will get a second playlist update. It adds the Team Hardcore playlist and overhauls Team Objective – with one major change being no more territories games in Team Objective. But, a new playlist will be added to compensate for that, known as Team Control.

An extra week buys us some extra testing time. The December 18 update will include the Team Hardcore playlist. I will post some specifics about the composition of this playlist by the end of the week–we’re still playtesting. What I can be pretty sure about is that we’re trying to stay true to Halo 2′s THC playlist, which means nothing crazy, but a solid variety. I fully expect this playlist will be a fixture of our playlists from here on out, so it will refine and improve over time too. In addition, the current plan includes an overhaul for Team Objective. This playlist will henceforth be focused on CTF (both One Flag and Multi Flag variants, as has been frequently requested) and Assault (One Bomb, Multi Bomb, and Neutral Bomb) variants. VIP is out, until we have some time to bang on it and get something we’re happy with.

Head over to Bungie.net for more details and a slightly technical explanation as to why there won’t be a ranked Big Team Battle playlist until ’08.

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