Earlier this week, 343 Industries announced the multiplayer modes we’ll all be playing in just under two weeks. I’m just going to highlight the modes below. You can read more about which maps are tied to which modes in 343’s post.

The Playlists

Warzone Assault
Team Arena (Breakout, Slayer, CTF, Strongholds)
Weekend Social (features a mode voted by the community)

One thing to note. Big Team Battle (BTB) is coming, but not at launch. It will be released soon after and will have a dedicated matchmaking playlist.

Before I dive into what playlists I want to see, I want to touch on what we’ll be playing at launch. The emphasis on Warzone is obvious and a good move by 343 Industries. It’s clear they put a ton of work into this mode and want to showcase it at launch. I get it.

But, traditional Halo objective modes (CTF and the like) should have a dedicated playlist.

Slayer is another obvious playlist. Deathmatch is a mainstay for any console shooter including Halo.

Breakout is an interesting game mode. I had a blast with it in the beta last year. Do I see myself playing it long term? Maybe. Depends on if I have a good team to roll with.

Halo isn’t Halo without SWAT. The one-headshot game mode returns with two variants. Regular SWAT and SWATnums (pistols).

Alright, enough about what we will be playing on October 27th. Let’s take a look at what I want to be playing.


Or as I like to call it now, Halo’s Rocket League. There’s an entire Halo community dedicated to all things Grifball. We haven’t heard much about Grifball and Halo 5, but what we have heard promising. This Grifball Hub’s post highlights every piece of good news surrounding Grifball and Halo 5: Guardians. The biggest? 343’s Josh Holmes mentioned earlier this week Grifball will “likely” appear in the weekend social playlist post-launch.

Team Snipers

team snipers

Some of my favorite moments in Halo 2 and Halo 3 were Team Snipers matches. Tied 49-49 and going for that last headshot? Man, there’s nothing like it.

Team Doubles

I know the population probably wouldn’t support it, but me and one of my buddies used to jump on Team Doubles all the time in Halo 3.


If I could only pick one of the three I mentioned, it would be Grifball. If there’s a dedicated playlist you want to see, let me know in the comments below. Also, let 343 know. They take community feedback seriously. And, if enough people want a dedicated playlist – they will add it.

Holmes touched on what’s needed for a dedicated playlist for Team Objective (and presumably other modes) in a forum post earlier this week. “CTF and/or Team Objective are things we will likely offer as a rotational playlist and if we see strong interest from the community (consistently high population), we may graduate to a persistent playlist,” Holmes writes.

If you want to see Grifball get a dedicated playlist, make sure you’re playing it when it hits the Weekend Social playlist.

Halo 5: Guardians is coming in just twelve days. Yep, you’re probably not going to see me on October 27th.

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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