Microsoft has released details and images of Halo 4 ‘Crimson Map Pack’ DLC. The add-on content contains three new multiplayer maps and will be available to download from 10 December for 800 MS Points. You can find images in the gallery above, and details from the press release below:

  • 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, with tons of nooks and crannies 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 Pro.
  • Shatter:  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. 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.

The Crimson Map Pack includes eight new Achievements worth 250 points and is the first of three map packs for the game’s ‘War Game’ multiplayer modes. The following two packs – Majestic and Castle – will release in February and April respectively.

Watch the Crimson Map Pack trailer below:

Microsoft also revealed ‘Extraction’ - a new multiplayer mode that will launch alongside the Crimson Map Pack. Details from the press release as follows:

  • Extraction: 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.


  • alex-roy-bristol - November 30, 2012 6:05 a.m.

    Looks sexy as always. I really just hope that 343 can make us a creepy-ass horror styled map. Does anyone still remember Backwash? Of course you do! Because you thought it was haunted, kept hearing that women humming and playing the tambourine, played some kind of assassination+invisibility game in it and shat your pants when you got killed. Or maybe that was just me... But, still, it was sick, can we have that again please 343? :o <3
  • Fuzunga - November 30, 2012 10:46 a.m.

    Abandon reminds me a lot of Backwash, actually.
  • alex-roy-bristol - December 4, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    Yeah', a little bit for me too, although, not as creepy... :l I honestly just want to be AFRAID again in a map on a multiplayer game, ya know?

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