For the last few weeks, quite a number of you have likely found yourselves entrenched in some mode of Halo 4
or another, whether it's the campaign, Spartan Ops, or MP. Of course, after nearly a month of hitting a game hard, you might begin to get a little tired of the same old scenes and locations, so this is where DLC comes in to keep the game fresh.
With next Monday bringing us the last episode of Spartan Ops that contains achievements (thus resulting in the first wave of completions), it's perhaps unsurprising that 343 Industries already has the first DLC pack for the game, the "Crimson Map Pack", ready to go.
The DLC will introduce three brand new maps: Wreckage, Harvest, and Shatter. We have several screens from each and details about the maps straight from the developer:Wreckage
Wreckage is the manifestation of the chaos of war. A medium-sized, asymmetrical map great for accommodating a wide range of objective-based game modes including King of the Hill and Capture the Flag, it is a ravaged environment of crashed debris, where the surrounding destruction creates complex paths perfect for throwing off your opponents, or testing the limits of your Warthog. This devastated landscape provides plenty of cover, and tons of nooks and crannies are at your disposal while fighting for your turn to become King. Wreckage supports up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.Harvest
Harvest is a canon concept brought to life – the doomed agricultural planet where humans first made contact with the Covenant. A small to mid-size map, Harvest is ideal for Capture the Flag. Here, you'll need to get creative to effectively use light vehicles which are limited to the exterior pathways and can't get into the bases, making this map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home; long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows up to 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer ProShatter
Shatter is themed around natural crystalline surfaces and the huge UNSC factories mining them. This large, symmetrical map is a playground for the Warthog and Mantis - its open pathways make it easy to get around, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for Dominion and the new game type Extraction. For some close-quarters face-time, escape the open landscape and duck into a mining facility, or slip through a doorway and hunt unsuspecting Spartans. This map has variety for different types of players. Shatter enables multiplayer mayhem for up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.
Owners of the "Crimson Map Pack" will have exclusive access to a premium playlist that will include only the new maps and will also be the "only place players can enjoy unique 6 vs. 6 matchmaking experiences, the new game type "Extraction," and a wide range of voting combinations for different maps and modes."
Those of you paying attention to the quoted text will note that a new game type will also be included with this DLC. "Extraction" is a team-based game mode, the full details of which are available below:
Extraction is a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map. Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs. If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point goes to them. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins.
Ok, that's a lot of text to digest, so why don't we also hook you up with a little video?
In addition to all of this DLC news, 343 Industries has also stated that it is aware of the server issues that some people are encountering in Matchmaking and are currently working toward remedying that. While there are no details as to the causes of these issues or what fixes we might see and when, the developer does assure us via their Twitter
that they are "actively investigating the server issues." Hopefully, this means we'll see a resolution soon.
The "Crimson Map Pack" for Halo 4
will be available on December 10th, and is the first of three promised War Games add-ons. The pack will cost 800 MSP, but is included with the Halo 4
"War Games Pass", which can be downloaded here
for 2000 MSP. Owners of the Halo 4
Limited Edition will also have access to the new Map Pack for no additional cost. The "Crimson Map Pack" will add eight achievements worth 250G.