First Halo 3 Map Pack Arrives Dec. 11

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Beginning December 11, three new multiplayer maps will be available for players of Bungie's Halo 3 (X360). Titled the Heroic Map Pack, its three maps--Foundry, Rat's Nest, and Standoff--will be downloadable from the online Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

Microsoft describes Standoff (pictured here) as "ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types" due to its symmetrical layout and boulder-filled battlefield. Rat's Nest (pictured here) is said to be "an indoor vehicle paradise" best suited for big team battles, whereas Foundry (pictured here) is "the ultimate Forge map" as players can manipulate and replace every object object within it to create their own custom arena.

The maps will eventually be provided free of charge, similar to Microsoft's efforts with Halo 2's downloadable content as well as that of Epic Games' Gears of War. According to the publisher, players can expect the Heroic Map Pack to be free in spring 2008, "just prior to the next wave of all new 'Halo 3' multiplayer maps."

From The Chatty

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    November 19, 2007 9:25 AM

    Any idea what size these are for? I mostly play team slayer, so I want those...but I'd also like more massive vehicle maps.

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      November 19, 2007 9:37 AM

      Yea, I'll update the story with that in just a moment.

      Standoff: mid-sized objective and Slayer game types
      Rat's Nest: big team battles
      Foundry: "the ultimate Forge map"

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        November 19, 2007 12:53 PM

        Hmmm...just one mid-sized. Seeing as how I don't care that much about Forge, this may not be worth the $10 after all. Thanks for the update!