343 Industries have shifted focus (for now at least) to Halo 4′s multiplayer, while they enjoy a break after the completion of Spartan Ops Season 1.
On Monday (4 March), the game will see the ‘Extraction’ mode get it’s own standalone playlist. Additionally, the Capture the Flag playlist will also be updated with two new maps; Simplex and Settler.
“Extraction is a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map. Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs. If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point is theirs. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins.”
Simplex and Settler:
“Simplex, an arena-style map from community forger SaLoT, has seen the spotlight in both the Community Forge Test and Team Throwdown playlists.
“Settler is a fast paced, semi-symmetrical on-disc Ravine variant that rests atop a verdant cliff side – it will be appearing in Matchmaking for the first time, slightly tweaked for 5 vs. 5 CTF.”