In the Halo Bulletin posted yesterday Wednesday, Jan. 9th, 2013, 343 Industries has said that they will be releasing specializations in the next coming weeks following the Infinity Challenge. They have said that this schedule isn't set in stone but have said they plan on releasing all of the specializations soon.
The schedule looks like this:
- Week 1/21/2013 - Specializations: Pioneer and Pathfinder Specializations unlocked for all players.
- Week 1/28/2013 - Specializations: Engineer and Stalker Specializations unlocked for all players.
- Week 2/4/2013 - Specializations: Rogue and Tracker Specializations unlocked for all players.
By the beginning of February, all players will have access to every specialization which ultimately unlocks the rest of the leveling for all remaining players. So sit tight people, everyone will have their codes soon.
In the bulletin, 343i also talked about the progress they've made with "Halo 4" and the missteps they made but want to focus on making the game better by learning from those mistakes. 343i's Franchise Development Director, Frank O'Connor, commented on this by saying in part:
"But the most important aspect of our success, and our efforts now and in the future, has been this community – a demanding, imaginative, engaged, vocal, varied and intelligent swarm of personalities, groups and individuals, each with subtly to radically different interests in this vast and varied universe we’re charged with. That isn’t lip service, nor is it pandering. You guys pay for the privilege of playing our game, and you have every right to have a voice in its development.
It may not have ended up precisely the way you imagined – there are simply too many voices and perspectives to make all of the people happy, all of the time – but we think of the community as a direct and democratic extension of the team and, indeed, of the development process. A litmus test, a pH strip and a sounding board for ideas and innovations, you are the tension between the need for change and evolution, and the necessity of inertia. "
On top of all that, once the Infinity Challenge is finished, regular matchmaking playlists will resume with the debut of a new playlist called "Forge Test" which was described by 343i as "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!" The goal date to start this playlist is the week of Jan. 21st, 2012 but as they have said these dates are not set in stone and can change.
Everyone has a lot of opinions and thoughts on how 343 Industries has handled "Halo 4", but it's up to you to make sure you make your voice heard. Not everything in "Halo 4" can be fixed but the more people speak up the more it gets done.