Bungie have announced in their latest news update that coinciding with the release of the Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack download tomorrow will be an update. The update will “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.
The developer added: “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.”
A “Team Hardcore” playlist has already been announced as part of an update for the 18th December with more details expected to be released in the near future. The developer also said “Team Objective” is getting an “overhaul”. “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.”
And it doesn’t stop there, Bungie are also introducing a “Team Control” playlist “which is based on zone control gametypes like Territories, Land Grab, and a little bit of Team King” and in early 2008, Bungie are going to introduce a Ranked BTB (Big Team Battle) playlist. So it seems despite Bungie and Microsoft’s split, Bungie are still loyal to the XBOX 360.