7th Columnist


Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack
November 19, 2007, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Downloads, Forge, Gaming, Halo 3, Multiplayer, News

It’s time to stop your guessing at what’s to be included in the first wave of Halo 3 downloadable content. Xbox.com just posted this announcement, unveiling the all-new Heroic Map Pack.

Available for 800 Microsoft Points exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace from December 11th, each map is said to present a totally different play style and experience.

The symmetrical valley of Standoff, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types.

The vast, labyrinthine passages of the Rat’s Nest bring something completely new to the multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise. Strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, this map is ideal for big team battles.

Foundry is the ultimate Forge map. Players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, placing stairways, walls, bridges, and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map imaginable.

All three maps will become available for free download via Marketplace in Spring 2008, just prior to the next wave of new multiplayer maps.

Un-freaking-believable. Three new maps and three long weeks ahead. Personally I can’t wait to see Rat’s Nest in action, which map’s getting you the most excited?

**UPDATE**

Bungie have since posted their own site update regarding the announcement and have clarified exactly what the deal with regards to matchmaking integration:

When Halo 2’s downloadable content joined the Internet, it effectively split the Matchmaking population into the “haves” and the “have-nots,” Bungie was readily aware of the problem that caused, and has rectified it in Halo 3. First, when downloadable content arrives, it will have its own playlist for those folks who just want to play with their new toys. Simultaneously all of the DLC maps will be rolled in to the regular Matchmaking playlists as well and then as folks are getting matched up, the game will take into account who has what maps in the matchmaking process. So you’ll see Team Slayer on Standoff show up in the Team Slayer hopper as well as in the new DLC-focused playlist.

They also promise new screens after the Thanksgiving holidays.

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Man, I wish it was out right now. I would want to check out that map Foundry first, just to forge an MLG map.

Comment by Squirrel Jockey

at bungie it said December 11th

Comment by ION 360

That’s right, December the 11th they’ll be available through Marketplace for 800 points and in Spring – just before the next batch go live, they will be made available for free.

Comment by 7th Columnist

blast! I have approximately 770 microsoft points!

oh well, i’ll just have to get some more. :)

Comment by D-thunda

how much does each point equate to and how do i get em?

Comment by maccie05

sweet.. js read this all on B.net before coming on here!

Well Good!
Im still eeger to play the original maps..as YES my xbox still isnt back yet
ffs :/ On way back to sheffeild i never prayed so hard for a shiny white box!/// new maps look sweet as ;)

Comment by Wiplash ll7

buy the microsoft points from a games retailer, or one of those huge stores, like wal-mart, or virgin megastores.
Don’t worry wiplash, it’ll be back any time.

Comment by D-thunda

i cant wait for them to come out i all ready love Foundry it gonna be sweet to mess around on live with mates

Comment by ulquiorra

very true. only prob for me, i gotta convince my parents that i can get live. they said i have to do my homework, and listen to what they say, and not wat i wanna do. i havent had live for a whole month and 2 weeks!!!!! im going crazy, but atleast the latest i will get it is christmas. not half bad.

Comment by miikerocks

my parents lost me when i got my credit card… how my mum cried at my intervention… what a waste of time that was! ;)

Comment by maccie05

Can you use the pelican? Or is that just for show on the map?

Comment by echo417

500 microsoft points is $6.25, so $1.00 = 80 points.

no you can’t use the pelican

Comment by Darren




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