At PAX East this weekend, 343 Industries hosted a panel called “‘Halo 4’ Multiplayer: Past, Present, and Future,” where thousands of passionate fans received a sneak peek at what’s on the horizon for “Halo 4” Infinity multiplayer. 343 announced a new 1-50 level ranking system called “Competitive Skill Rank” (CSR), which measures your performance in War Games, intelligently matches you against opponents of comparable skill, and displays your rank on your Halo Waypoint player profile.

Additionally, 343 showcased a live demo of “Forge Island,” a massive new play space that will give Forge creators both the space and new building assets to craft an infinite range of multiplayer maps for the “Halo” community to explore and enjoy – available for free on Xbox LIVE on 11th April.

343 also unveiled some of the new improvements coming to Infinity multiplayer in the next “Halo 4” title update, discussed the exciting new maps and game types players can look forward to in the Castle Map Pack (which launches on 8th April alongside CSR), and shared some of the highlights and eye-popping stats the community has achieved in War Games since launch.

The Castle Map Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points. Players who have purchased the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass* or “Halo 4” Limited Edition game will receive access to all three Map Packs (Crimson, Majestic, and Castle) at a 15 percent savings versus purchasing them individually**. The new maps will also be integrated into existing Infinity Slayer, Big Team Objective, and Dominion playlists. DLC maps will appear in a playlist if all members of the match have the content purchased or the War Games Map Pass.