Amidst all the trouble 343 Industries had with the launch of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and its completely malfunctioning multiplayer element, the studio had to strip a lot of playlists in order to start fixing the problems. One of those removed playlists was SWAT, the no shields variant of Halo that pushes the need for headshots even further.
I love SWAT. Love it. Ever since its initial inclusion in Halo‘s multiplayer, it’s a gametype I like to relax with. Rounds are fast, and stringing together streaks of kills is insanely rewarding given how easy it is to die. When SWAT left The Master Chief Collection, I was pretty bummed.
Now, it’s back. 343 Industries has announced its return in a Halo Waypoint update. SWAT isn’t the only thing they’ve fixed, either.
- SWAT has returned as the featured playlist. It features a variety of game types from Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 2 Classic, and Halo 4, and we’re making additional investments to include Halo 3 in the game type rotation for a future update. As we roll out additional content updates, we’ll be bringing other playlists back into the rotation – these include Halo: CE, Halo 4, Team Hardcore, and future featured playlists, such as Team Doubles, Team Snipers, and more. As we mentioned before launch, we’ll be keeping an eye on voting data and player feedback to determine which playlists stay in the rotation.
- Updated the player count to 4v4 (6 minimum, 8 maximum) for the following playlists:
– Team Slayer
– Halo 2 Classic
– Halo 3
– Halo Championship Series
- Updated voting options across multiple playlists to improve the balance of appearance of BR-start and objective game types.
- Updated the “max party size” for Big Team Battle from 4-6, and the team is working on resolving issues that are affecting parties with 8 players. Once resolved, the max party size will return to 8.
- In a future update, the ranked Halo 2: Anniversary playlist will be moved to 4v4. For now, as the playlist contains a variety of mid-size maps, we’ll be temporarily allowing both 4v4 and 5v5 matches, but have optimized the voting options for this player range. For example, you’ll see less 5v5 Team Slayer BRs on Warlord and more voting options that are catered to the current player counts of 4v4 and 5v5 (8 minimum, 10 maximum). Additionally, you’ll now be able to search as a party of 5. These changes are temporary until we turn ranking online for additional playlists.
All good stuff, right?
Are you going to return to Halo: The Master Chief Collection? Did you ever leave? Heck, do you even own it?