While we've already gotten an early look at Halo 4's upcoming Majestic Map Pack due to a coincidental leak of screenshots prior to Bungie's official Destiny announcement, 343 and Microsoft have now made it official. The Majestic Map Pack will be available on February 25 and we have an assortment of screenshots and details for the expansion content, along with a debut trailer.
Three maps, all designed for close-quarters, arena style combat, set to deliver an experience that harkens back to the original Halo's gameplay:
- Landfall: A shining city under attack… The world of Tribute is now a graveyard, but its capital was once a bright beacon of commerce among the inner colonies. Fight in the corridors and courtyards of Casbah’s port authority buildings, but don’t stand still too long. Perfect for Infinity Slayer, this small to midsize asymmetrical map offers interiors with sparse cover, which encourages close-range combat, while the exteriors offer long lines of sight to stalk your opponents. Awesome jump routes let players spring around the outside of the map, incidentally offering a perfect view of the city as it is razed by the Covenant’s brutal assault.
- Monolith: Adrift in a forgotten asteroid belt… This monument and many like it were built by the Forerunners after their final victory over the ancient humans. This small map has central man-cannons, short corridors, almost no cover, and open sightlines which make the location great for a mixture of close and mid-range battle. Monolith harkens back to more classic “Halo” arena-based maps, and its symmetry lends nicely to objective-based modes like Capture the Flag. Monolith is an open battlefield; wherever you look, you will witness the ferocious action that only a small and open map can provide.
- Skyline: Combat analysts agree… The rooftop terrain on this new space tether construction site is an ideal training environment for close-quarters infantry combat. This map, perched high above the sights of reconstruction in Cascade’s capital city, is small and symmetrical, perfect for Regicide with a mixture of high and low spaces and plenty of cover. Don’t think cover means you’re safe, however – this map holds explosive fuel cells that can and will wreak havoc in Skyline’s confined spaces, not to mention the long, long drop if you misstep.
In addition, a new gameplay mode titled Infinity Rumble will be exclusive to the Majestic Map Pack for a limited time. It's a free-for all game type that focuses on earning personal ordnance, where every kill and every death counts -- and is reflected with a slower spawn time. The Halo 4 Majestic Map Pack will also contain the standard 10 new achievements and 250 potential gamerscore.
The Majestic Map Pack, developed by Certain Affinity in conjunction with 343, will be available February 25 for 800MSP or around $10. Of course, gamers that picked up the War Games Map Pass or Halo 4's limited edition will get automatic access to the pack as well as its follow-up which will be released in April.
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Making Halo 4: Majestic Map Pack - YouTube