Halo 4 update will bring SWAT and Free For All

One of the new weekly updates to playlist content

Posted by Callumpy   12th November 2012

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Halo 4 will soon be receiving an update to the War Games playlist containing the new SWAT and Free For All playlists.

343 Industries' community manager, Jessica Shea, has explained that Matchmaking updates will occur on a "more frequent basis" than what we are used to in previous games in an attempt to add popular playlists.

"Instead of monthly updates, we will be providing weekly updates, with the goal being to provide fresh content on a regular basis," she said. "We will maintain a static set of playlists and feature one or two “rotational” playlists on top of that. We will be monitoring trends and statistics closely so we can react accordingly to your preferences and likes."

"For instance, if one of our rotational playlists consistently holds a higher population than one of our static playlists, we will consider swapping them out based on player demand," she explained. "The process will be fluid and based on numbers, and we’re extremely excited about the benefits of our new approach."Jessica Shea

Jessica Shea has confirmed via twitter that FFA will be available in the week following the game's launch. An exact update has not been confirmed yet but hopefully it is pretty soon.


You may be interested to know what is in-store for the new SWAT playlist, personally I can't wait for it as I have been wondering all week why it wasn't there in the first place.

Shea explained that the new SWAT playlist will be carefully balanced. "We’ve carefully balanced the damage resistance to allow both the Battle Rifle and the DMR to compete against each other in SWAT. Another change is that we’ve removed the shield HUD; so combined with disabled radar and no ordnance, you get even more visibility during a match."

The maps that will be playable in the SWAT playlist include:
  • Haven
  • Adrift
  • Complex
  • Abandon
  • Solace

  • Below are the exact number of shots it takes each weapon to kill:
  • DMR – 3 bullets to the chest, 1 bullet to the head
  • Magnum – 3 bullets to the chest, 1 bullet to the head
  • BR – 7 bullets to the chest (this gun shoots three bullets in a burst, so the first bullet of the third burst will kill the player), 1 bullet to the head
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