Spartan Ops Bugging Out?

I haven’t been on Halo 4 for a few days (or maybe several), and now I get on to SpOps to find the matchmaking missions are shuffled. What’s more, they all seem to be the “Firefight”-style missions from the various episodes.

Is this what 343i intended, or is something badly messed up? I’m wondering because the population is so low (I expected “low” at 7AM Central Time, but not this low) that it looks to me like the servers are messing up.

Anyone care to shed some light?

It’s intentional.

They’re not releasing any more new episodes until the 21st of January. In the mean time, we get one chapter from each of the previous five episodes.

The Halo Bulletin: 12.06.12

> Spartan Ops Season 1 Continues in January
> Comprised of three brand new Halo 4 Multiplayer maps (Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter), the Crimson Map Pack will launch on December 10. A mere seven days after that, the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge officially begins. To give you adequate time to enjoy both, Spartan Ops will go on a mid-season break starting December 10. Fret not, though, because your entire Spartan Ops timeline will still be both accessible and playable. On top of that, we will also be featuring a Best of Spartan Ops compilation next week, made up of the following chapters:
> • Core – Chapter 5 of Episode 1
> • Hacksaw – Chapter 3 of Episode 2
> • Shootout in Valhalla – Chapter 4 of Episode 3
> • The Didact’s Gift – Chapter 5 of Episode 4
> • Spartan Miller – Chapter 1 of Episode 5
> Then, from December 17 – January 14, episodes 1-5 will be re-entered into Matchmaking (one episode per week) to support the Halo 4 Infinity Challenge, and allow anyone who missed the first run or wants to replay a previous chapter to easily find teammates online.