VIDEO: Halo: Reach's new maps in action

And you thought Bungie was done with Halo. No way – while the developers have moved on to a secret project for Activision, they're not about to ignore the franchise, and the fans, that made them famous. Three new maps – Anchor 9, Tempest and Breakpoint – will be available for $10 (800 Microsoft points) on Tuesday, November 30.

Why wait, however, to see what's in store? And will the bonus content be worth your money? We flew to Bungie's brand new headquarters in Bellevue, WA, to bring you back custom gameplay footage of each map. Take a look, and let us know which you're looking forward to most in the comments below.

For Noble Map strategy tips directly from the developers at Bungie, head here.


Anchor 9 is the smallest of the new maps, perfect for four-on-four team games or hardcore DMR showdowns. The hangar bay in the middle tends to attract all the action, and all of the bloodshed, so we recommend waiting on the outskirts, then swooping in for the kill when your opponents' have already weakened each other. Also, take some time to practice your reduced-gravity movement outside the ship… the physics for running, jumping and grenade-tossing feel drastically different.


Tempest is the Noble Pack's medium-sized map and takes place on a Halo ring, with all of the beautiful nature scenery that location implies: trees, cliffs, beaches, caves and a sparkling waterfall. Two Forerunner facilities – as well as man cannons and Warthogs – sit on either end, lending themselves to base-style matches like Capture the Flag and One Bomb. According to Bungie, Tempest is designed as an ideal Forge palette, too. Expect a crazy Rube Goldberg machine in 3, 2, 1…


Breakpoint is the largest new map, built primarily for Invasion battles. Breakpoint is also varied enough that every type of Halo: Reach player should find a favorite spot. If you're a sniper, there are a few rocky towers that can be climbed for fantastic vantage points. If you love the jetpack, this map has a ton of wide open vertical space. If you prefer close-quarters combat, there are also several hallways and tight corners to dominate. Breakpoint's biggest draw, however, will be the armada of vehicles that spawn in later waves. Warthogs, Ghosts, Banshees, Wraiths… at one point during our match, the Spartans had two Scorpions on their side at the same time. Fun.

Nov 22, 2010


  • tiuds50 - November 24, 2010 5 a.m.

    I think the map pack will be great anchor 9 seems to be pretty dynamic from what i have seen and although they`re using the low gravity space thing just like in Zealot it will still create some hectic fun and a mini Valhalla would be pre cool i guess since liked Valhalla in the first place and i been waiting for another invasion type map
  • Skykid - November 23, 2010 9:53 p.m.

    Saw intial video from Bungie. This map pack will be the shizznit.
  • Crux - November 23, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    Sweet Jesus this new video player is the tits.
  • lovinmyps3 - November 22, 2010 11:57 p.m.

    I'm glad they have a new map for Invasion, I'm getting sick of Spire. Also, love the new video player!
  • BurntToShreds - November 22, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    I can tell anchor 9 is going to be a favorite in the Rumble Pit.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - November 22, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Correction: The Noble maps are NOT free, as previously written in this article. Definite misunderstanding on my part, one which could have been easily avoided with some simple double-checking before posting. Many apologies, guys, and thanks for setting me straight. Need... more... sleep...
  • Pytor - November 22, 2010 5:42 p.m.

    This new video player is the te sexiness! OH YEAH!!!
  • spongejerk89 - November 22, 2010 4:31 p.m.

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but they're not free.
  • Sandman89 - November 22, 2010 3:51 p.m.

    Theyre free???!!! gamesradar, u had better not be screwing with us Breakpoint looks awesome btw... love large maps
  • NatDaGamer - November 22, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    i'm not surprised they're free. they'll probably do what halo 3 did. 1 map pack free. then the 2nd, 3rd and 4th will cost. still. doesn't look too bad!
  • PlainLikeVanilla - November 22, 2010 3:26 p.m.

    Free? I'm pretty sure they aren't free. Gamestop is offering an avatar item for preordering this through them which I can't imagine they would do for a free map pack.
  • Chevapravatdumrong - November 22, 2010 2:30 p.m.

    I love large maps, they're great for 8on8 and vehicle based matches.
  • drewbian - November 22, 2010 2:29 p.m.

    omg sweet that theyre free! i thought they were gona be 800 points too, fuckin awesome how did they manage to convince microsoft! woooooooooooooo
  • Spacem0nkey77 - November 22, 2010 2:19 p.m.

  • BigBoss - November 22, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    I still think they're going to cost 800 points dude.
  • Burdmayn - November 22, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    I thought this was paid dlc? Gamestop even has preorders on it >.>
  • crazyW01F - November 22, 2010 2:12 p.m.

    Wait, they're free? I thought the DLC was going to be 800 points. Please be true.
  • BigBoss - November 22, 2010 2:09 p.m.

    Tempest looks like a smaller Valhalla. Cheers Charlie.

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