The latest Halo Waypoint post from 343 Industries lays out the studio's Halo 4 content release plans for the coming weeks, running through late January and early February. The 10-episode arc of Spartan Ops releases concluded with episode five at the tail end of 2012, but the series will pick up again on January 21, 2013 with episode six.
Also coming on that day is a new playlist, tentatively titled "Forge Test," that rotates through small Forge maps (Relay is cited as an example). Episodes seven and eight of Spartan Ops will follow on January 28 and February 4, respectively. Those two weeks will also bring additional playlist unlocks, and all three weeks will see more Specializations unlocking for all players.
You can hit the jump for the full rundown of what's coming.
Week of 1/21
Spartan Ops Episode 6: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
"Forge Test" playlist (name not final): A rotational hopper featuring small Forge maps such as Relay. Help us test these maps by providing feedback and reporting bugs that will assist us in getting them ready for Matchmaking!
Specializations: Pioneer and Pathfinder Specializations unlocked for all players.
Week of 1/28
Spartan Ops Episode 7: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
Grifball playlist: A rotational hopper featuring everybody’s favorite virtual sport. Catch the disease!
Specializations: Engineer and Stalker Specializations unlocked for all players.
Week of 2/4
Spartan Ops Episode 8: Five new missions and an accompanying new CG cinematic.
Team Doubles playlist: A rotational hopper for those of you that like action of the 2 vs 2 variety.
Specializations: Rogue and Tracker Specializations unlocked for all players.