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War Games is a new game mode introduced in Halo 4 that replaces the Matchmaking mode of previous games. Much like the matchmaking features of Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, the mode contains several playlists that may be accessed by the player and provide an automatic matching system to pair players of equivalent skill.It is said by 343 Industries that some of the playlists are static and some other ones will rotate in weekly updates. The first weekly update (from the week of November 12th 2012) included the SWAT playlist.
As of the 2/11 update, King of the Hill, Team Snipers, and Shotty Snipers have returned into rotation.
Below is a list of playlists that feature in Halo 4's War Games mode, as of February 5, 2013 arranged as they are in the Halo 4 playlist selection screen.
- Infinity Slayer
- Big Team Infinity Slayer
- Castle DLC (exclusive to Castle map pack owners)
- Capture the Flag
- Team Throwdown
- Team Doubles
- Team Objective (King of the Hill, Team Regicide and Oddball)
- Team Snipers
- Team SWAT (specified as SWAT in playlists)
- Infinity Rumble
- Team Action Sack
War Games is also the canonical explanation for multiplayer in Halo 4 due to the guise of taking place on the SPARTAN-IV Program training deck of the UNSC Infinity. It is suggested in the introduction cutscene to episode 1 of Spartan Ops that the Spartan-IV candidates are trained through combat with their peers.
- As described on Halo Waypoint it is said that there is a war games A.I who oversees all the games.