For some of you freaking out

so one issue it that the different scoring, weapon placement indicators, and spawn time might have more to do with different game types

1UP: I noticed during your demo there were three greyed out visual elements sitting to the right – underneath the health bar. Can you give us a hint as to what those are?

FO: I honestly have to go look at what you mean. There’s no way I could tell you off the top of my head. What I will say is that the stuff on the screen indicating where certain weapons are placed; I will say that is not how you find out where your opponent dropped his weapon. It has to do with a specific function of a specific gametype that we’ll talk more about later.

http://www.1up.com/previews/interview-halo-4-past-present-future?pager.offset=0

I think most of this new coming out and item making people upset might just be different parts of specific game types. and not the halo 4 multiplayer as a whole.