Halo 3 will soon get its first taste of downloadable maps, as the Halo 3 “Heroic Map Pack” was unveiled today for a December 11 release over Xbox Live. The Heroic Map Pack will feature three new multiplayer maps for Halo 3.
Available for 800 Microsoft Points, the map pack will present three different styles of play on each map. Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders, is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while the vast, labyrinthine passages in Rat’s Nest bring something new to the Halo multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map, as players can edit every single object in this large industrial warehouse, and place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.
All three maps will be available for free download via Xbox Live Marketplace in Spring 2008, just before the next wave of new Halo 3 multiplayer maps hits the online service. Forge will also allow players to edit and customize all three maps. In addition, ongoing updates to Halo 3’s matchmaking playlists will ensure that ranked and social gameplay remains dynamic and competitive.