Halo: CE Anniversary Map Pack Detailed

By Michelle Balsan, 5 years ago
It probably goes without saying that many of you are currently entrenched in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or getting ready for the launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (or maybe even playing it, depending on your region), but there's no doubting that next week will be bringing more big name titles to vie for your limited gaming time.

One of those titles that will be hitting store shelves next week is 343 Industries' Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. While people will certainly want to jump back into the campaign when it is released, what is likely important to many of you is the Halo: CE's multiplayer component. To that end, a slew of details were released regarding the upcoming "Anniversary Map Pack" that will be available for play in both Halo: Reach and Halo: CE Anniversary.

First, let's start with the playlists that will be available with these maps. The playlists will be going live on November 14th to assure that they are available for the game's launch. You'll note that there are "Anniversary" and "Classic TU" gametypes for some maps. "Anniversary" game types contain the following, as per a post in the Halo Bulletin: no Armor Abilities, Anniversary Pistol (pistol traits have been modified to replicate CE behavior), one Frag Grenade upon loadout, player speed increased, gravity increased, jump height increased, shield and health recharge rates increased, and melee damage reduced.

TU game types, on the other hand, contain these settings: damage bleed enabled, modified reticle bloom, sword block removed, Armor Lock modified, and Active Camo modified.

Got that? Excellent! Now on to the playlist specifics.

Anniversary Squad
4v4 Slayer and Objective
Contains Anniversary Classic and TU game types
Maps: Battle Canyon, Beaver Creek, Solitary, Prisoner, Penance, Damnation, High Noon, Hang ‘Em High
Game types: Anniversary Classic Team Slayer, Anniversary Classic Multiflag, Anniversary Classic Assault, Anniversary Classic 1 Flag, Anniversary Classic 1 Bomb, Team Slayer, Team Slayer DMRs, Team Slayer Pro, Elite slayer, Assault, Multiflag, 1 Flag DMRs, Stockpile, Crazy King DMRs, Neutral Bomb, Headhunter, Hot Potato DMRs, Territories

Anniversary BTB
8v8 Slayer and Objective
Contains Anniversary Classic and TU game types
Maps: Breakneck, Headlong, Ridgeline, Timberland, High Noon, Hang ‘Em High
Game types: Anniversary Classic Big Team Slayer, Big Team Slayer, Big Team Snipers, Big Team Elite Slayer, Big Team Multiflag, Big Team 1 Flag, Big Team Assault, Big Team 1 Bomb, Big Team Neutral Bomb, Big Team Territories, Big Team Crazy King, Big Team Stockpile

Anniversary FFA
FFA Slayer with a pinch of Objective
Contains Anniversary Classic and TU game types
Maps: Battle Canyon, Beaver Creek, Solitary, Prisoner, Penance, Damnation, High Noon, Hang ‘Em High
Game types: Anniversary Classic Slayer, Slayer, Slayer DMRs, Slayer Pro, Elite Slayer, Headhunter, Crazy King, Infection, Alpha Zombies, Oddball

Anniversary Classic
4v4 Slayer and Objective
Contains Anniversary Classic game types
Maps: Beaver Creek, Hang ‘Em High, Headlong, Damnation, Prisoner
Game types: Anniversary Classic Team Slayer, Anniversary Classic Team Snipers, Anniversary Classic Multiflag, Anniversary Classic 1 Flag, Anniversary Classic Assault, Anniversary Classic 1 Bomb, Anniversary Classic Oddball

Anniversary Firefight
Contains our most popular Firefight variants
Map: Installation 04
Game types: Arcade Fistfight, Arcade Nadefight, Arcade Rocketfight, Arcade Sniperfight, Arcade FRGfight, Arcade Plasmafight, Arcade Fiestafight, Arcade Arcadefight

Anniversary Classic game types have the following settings: no Armor Abilities, Anniversary Pistol (pistol traits have been modified to replicate CE behavior), one Frag Grenade upon loadout, player speed increased, gravity increased, jump height increased, shield and health recharge rates increased, and melee damage reduced. Please note that the standard TU changes also apply to Anniversary Classic game types.
Alright, now that we have all that information, let's go through the maps, six of which are multiplayer maps and one of which is a Firefight map.

Battle Canyon (2-8 Players)
External image

The rocky warrens of this part of Halo provide the ideal environment for an array of impressive telemetry clusters. These spires’ synchronization 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)
External image

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)
External image

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)
External image

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)
External image

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)
External image

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)
External image

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 lot to take in right? Well, we have just a bit more to share with you regarding the installation of these maps.

The "Anniversary Map Pack" will be available on the Halo: CE disc. For those of you buying the game, you will receive a code to download these maps for use in Halo: Reach as well. Of course, if you have Reach, but will not be purchasing Halo: CE, then you can purchase the maps when they go live on November 15th for 1200 MSP.

For those of you who are getting Halo: CE, but do not have Reach, simply launch the "Anniversary" maps at the main menu. If you own both games, 343 recommends "installing the maps using the Anniversary Map Pack code that comes with Anniversary. You will then be able to launch the Anniversary maps from both the Anniversary and Reach menus". Finally, if you purchase the map pack, then it's treated like any other piece of DLC and you'll be able to launch the maps from the Reach menu.

Alright, so you got all that, Spartan? As a sign of congrats for making this far, let me point you to the Halo: CE launch trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary launches next Tuesday, November 15th, giving you precious little time to still get in on the game's pre-order bonus.
Credit for this story goes to xPut Name Herex
Michelle Balsan
Written by Michelle Balsan
Michelle is the Assistant Manager of the Newshounds at TrueAchievements and has been a member of staff since 2010. When not contributing to gaming websites, she makes her living as a mild-mannered librarian. She can be compelled to play just about anything if there's a co-op component, and has been playing games with friends and siblings since the Atari 2600. As it's reportedly healthy to have hobbies outside of gaming, she also roots for some of the most difficult sporting franchises to root for, the New York Mets and New York Jets, but offsets that by rooting for the New Jersey Devils. She's also seen pretty much none of the movies you have, but she's working on that.