Halo Anniversary Maps Coming to Halo: Reach Next Week
Written Friday, November 11, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
If the thought of picking up Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on launch day, is just one game too far for you during this packed November, then here's a compromise for you, if you already happen to own a copy of Halo: Reach. The Halo Anniversary Map Pack will be launching on the same day as the game itself, giving Reach players a chance to get in on the action and celebrate a decade of Halo.
Bundling a total of seven maps, with six multiplayer maps and one Firefight map, the Halo Anniversary Map Pack (how many times have we said "map" now?), lets you revisit past Halo maps, revised and revamped using the Halo: Reach engine. If however, you still purchase Halo: CE Anniversary, you'll be able to launch the Anniversary maps from that game instead, or install the pack to be able to launch it from either Anniversary or Reach.
Here are the details of all seven maps, courtesy of Halo.xbox.com:
- Battle Canyon (2 - 8 players) - “The telemetry spires in these canyons help manage the Halo ring’s vast translocation grid.”
The rocky warrens of this part of Halo provide the ideal environment for an array of impressive telemetry clusters. These spires’ synchronisation conduits ensure that the ring’s translocation grid is always fully operational, part of a remarkably powerful system which allows near-instant transportation across the full ten thousand kilometers that span the installation.
- Breakneck (8 - 16 players) - “The initial Covenant strike is over, but the fight for Mombasa has just begun.”
Section 21 once looked out onto the New Mombasa Orbital Elevator with pride and optimism. Now, with much of the city flooded by the Covenant’s brutal assault, the skyline is only a shattered ghost of what it once was as the battle for humanity’s survival continues on the streets and corridors below.
- High Noon (4 - 12 players) - “Despite millennia of abandonment, transportation facilities like this one continue to function flawlessly.”
The vast generator complexes which power this enormous slipspace portal allow it to connect with an unknown number of locations across the galaxy. However, passage through this system requires a Forerunner keyship, and few command such a vessel this long after the disappearance of the portal’s creators.
- Penance (2 - 8 players) - “The Covenant have harnessed the waters of this moon to refuel their massive supercarriers.”
As the primary satellite of the Unggoy homeworld, Buwan provides the perfect environment for this massive Covenant hydro-facility used to power and refuel a variety of capital ships. Though still operational via automated subsystems, the station was abandoned shortly after the breaking of the Covenant.
- Ridgeline (8 - 16 players) - “Overlooking one of Halo’s impressive relay complexes, this idyllic cliffside once served as a UNSC staging area.”
Once serving as a watchpoint for the immense relay complex below, the monitoring outposts nestled atop this ridge became a staging ground for human forces during their time on Installation 04. Toward the end of the conflict, a Covenant assault brought the resistance of the marines here to a tragic end.
- Solitary (2 - 8 players) - “The security spire’s damaged interior only hints at the terrifying power of its previous inhabitant.”
These spinning confinement platforms are a testament to the technological prowess of the Forerunners. In the event of a security breach, the facility’s suborbital location and frigid temperature were thought to be able to keep any threat at bay, but it appears those plans were… optimistic.
- Installation 04 (1 - 4 players) - “Fight for survival around mysterious Forerunner structures on Installation 04.”
When the UNSC Pillar of Autumn arrived at Alpha Halo—also known as Installation 04—the Covenant was already there to welcome them. The conflict that followed raged across the surface of the ringworld, eventually pitting the renowned and battle-hardened ODSTs against a merciless Covenant assault, which would stop at nothing to control Halo.
That's a whole lot of mappy loveliness right there. You'll be able to pick up the Halo Anniversary Map Pack for Halo: Reach for 1200 Microsoft Points on November 15th. That's the same day Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary launches, but then we're sure you already knew that.