Over the last two weeks, the Halo: Reach community has flocked to the Grifball matchmaking playlist with numbers to rival, and at time supersede, Team Slayer. The playlist was taken down yesterday, much to the disappointment of veteran and rookie Grifballers everywhere. However, no more than 24 hours later, Bungie tacitly revealed that not only would the playlist be retuning, but returning far sooner than anyone could have imagined.
The Grifball playlist will go live Tuesday, February 8th!
Max party size and max local players have remained the same. Updates have been made to the Grifball (aka Vanilla Grifball) gametype. The sword damage and runner attributes have been changed so that a defenseless Grif will die in one sword-swipe. Grifball Evolved will also be making a return. In addition, the maps you played in matchmaking are back and with the appropriate updates (health packs, lighting, etc) and two new maps will be making their debut: Pinwheel and Oracle’s Revenge.
These two new maps are for use with the Vanilla gametype and were forged by H2O Camper / Puptastrophe and runNOKYARDrun, respectively.
It remains unclear whether the playlist will be available for a restricted amount of time or made permanent, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed (which makes playing Grifball rather difficult…)
You can download all of the maps and gametypes by clicking here.
To discuss the new playlist with other Grifballers, you can do so here.