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?
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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