‘Halo: Reach’ Update Details Show Campaign Matchmaking Coming October 15

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Halo Reach

To be completely honest, Bungie could walk away from Halo: Reach and never touch it again, and fans would remain perfectly happy. The game is receiving astonishingly high review scores, Reach has topped the Xbox Live charts for over a week now, and broken more records than we likely know about. Money in the bank, right? Lucky for us, the gentlemen at Bungie are a bit more professional than that, and have a sizable update coming out this October.

The big changes include the addition of campaign matchmaking, SWAT gaining its own playlist, and the addition of King of the Hill and Rocket Race variants. Check out the full list of notes here:

Playlist Changes

  • SWAT Playlist added (SWAT removed from Big Team Battle and Team Slayer)
  • Campaign Matchmaking (live on 10/15 — You will be required to have earned the Grade “Corporal” to enter this Playlist)
  • Team Slayer rebalanced to highlight default Slayer game variants and include new offerings
  • Classic Slayer removed
  • Removed “Pro” game variants from the Arena Playlist
  • Removed Boardwalk from Arena Team Doubles Playlist
  • Added “Return to Battlefield” volume to Space on Zealot in the Arena Playlist

Game Variants Additions

  • King of the Hill (multiple Playlists, including Arena*)
  • Rocket Race
  • Juggernaut (Rumble Pit Playlist)
  • *King of the Hill not included in Arena

General Housekeeping

  • Sudden Death will be added to all Assault game variants, including Invasion
  • Team Objective will now feature the map Powerhouse
  • Replacing Drop Shield with Evade for King of the Hill, Territories, and Oddball
  • Replacing Hologram with Evade in Oddball, Capture the Flag, Assault, and Stockpile
  • Replacing the Scorpion on Hemorrhage with Wraiths (Hemorrhage Heavies variant, TBD)

Bungie also mentions that these are not all of the updates they have planned, but just the ones that are inbound soon. They’ve got a lot of proposed updates, apparently, so just you wait. The other interesting note is that Bungie is watching user created content for high quality matchmaking hopefuls. Have a great idea and want to see Bungie make it into something official? Make a map and spread the word.

I know Bungie has always been really supportive post-release for their multiplayer content, but I’m doubly impressed by how quick they’re jumping into the thick of things. People complaining about SWAT in the Team Slayer playlist? Bam, it’s gone only a few weeks later. That’s some turnaround, for sure.

Are there any notes in particular that interest you, Ranters? Are their any glaring omissions that you’d like to see Bungie deal with ASAP? Or are you perfectly content with the content readily available to you right now?

Halo: Reach is currently available on the Xbox 360.

Source: Bungie Weekly Update

TAGS: Bungie, Halo Reach

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  1. I played the campaign and enjoyed it, but tried a few matches of the multiplayer and it just isn’t hooking me like the last few Halo games. I think I just have franchise fatigue. Anyways, my love for the game aside, its great to see Bungie keeping up with the game after release.

  2. Bungie knows that if they continue to treat its fans great we will follow Them in whatever they do

  3. I can’t help but wonder how long this support will last, given Bungie’s in-progress game for Activision. Will 343 Industries take over development of DLC for Reach if Bungie bails?

  4. Thank God they are taking Swat out of the slayer playlist. It killed me to have to play it every time it came up as an option.

  5. id really like to see them add some of the classic weapons in there well just the battle rifle i mean i like the dmr but it just doesnt feel as natural to me as the BR

    • reach sucks.. i dont know what all yall talking about.. invis. armor lock. pack. and hollagram.. atleast make a gametype where proS and amatuers can feel at home.. and when you have host in this game bloom exceeds way fasdter then non host which is kinda cheap if a good player gets host.. lower the damage on rockets and if someone has sword or shotgun dont let them sprint.. that is just a few of many oomplaints that 1,000s have. all the newbs are replying good things why dont you ask the pro.. nobody wants to go to a reach tournament and camp it out with camo the intire game for 100G fix it bungie i was in love and i have fallen

      • my gamertag is this name

  6. I would love for them to fix the lag issue many people have on firefight. Right now firefight is unplayable.

  7. Give me my ranks. I didnt pay for half the ranks, i paid for all of them but i cant have them. Bungie is being too supportive of newbs that cant keep up. I have no desire to play anymore because the credits i earn dont give me xp, so im wasting commendations. Its whomevers choice to have no life for a week and rank up, so they can have the coolest armor. If armor affected statistics i could understand. You can check my g-tag, no cheating other that 10,000 of oni sword base. LemonBattles. Why dnt i get cr or xp for maxing out onyx commendations? Why can i still be 1hit from the back? Why cant i have game content that i paid for;armor cough cough? But i can understand not adding coop multi matchmaking but it should be unlocked via completion of campaign. Oct1, day 3 of bieng stuck at Lt Colonel Gr3, holler at me wen i can actually get credit for playing…… COD here i come?… nope not that desperate… owe wait tenth prestige aint locked by infinity ward. HAPPY HUNTING!

  8. I’m personally looking forward to the addition of a SWAT playlist. I love to play it and sometimes when it comes up I get dissapointed when a last second vote tosses it out and we play classic slayer. Also have to agree that they need to do something with firefight. I’ve even noticed slowdown with score attack if too many enemies are in view. My big gripe is how long Grade 3 takes to get to the next level. I have been a warrant officer grade 3 for over 5 days now. Nothing I do seems to make the bar move any faster. I can’t devote hours and hours to this, but it seems kinda rediculous that the first 2 grades were nothing and grade 3 is torture. The Scout helmet is taunting me.

  9. I’m all for the current line up of playlist changes, but wouldn’t mind if an mlg playlist was put in pretty soon. Also I’m aware that there is nothing bungie can do about it but, is anyone else sick of downloading someones map and not being able to play it other than in forge because they forgot spawns?

  10. i hate how theyre taking out the “pro” variants out of doubles arena and team arena. now youre gonna see a buncha jet-packing armor lock n00bs. the pro variants were where the action was. i guess alotta n00bs complained? idk its just stupid. and then in normal team slayer the “pro” variant knocks out the radar but not in arena.? im just upset by that. and i also hate the lag issue in firefight. it was the same thing in ODST. super laggy. but i dont care about campaign matchmaking. i already beat it on solo legendary. unless there challenges equipped to campaign matchmaking i wont play it. im stoked for swats own playlist. can you say easy mode? easy rank ups :D

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