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Screenshots of Halo 4′s Crimson Map Pack, Plus Its New Exclusive Gameplay Type

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Posted on November 29, 2012 AT 12:58pm

Soon, Halo 4 will be getting the first of three “War Games” map packs—and it’ll be bringing with it not only new maps, but also a new gameplay type.

The Crimson Map Pack will be hitting Halo 4 on December 10th, brining with it three new multiplayer environments: Wreckage, Harvest, and Shatter. (Details and screenshots for all three are below.) In addition to that, purchasing the DLC will also get you an additional eight achievements worth 250 Gamerscore, and an additional playlist based on the new Crimson content.

As a part of that playlist will be a new gameplay type: 6 vs. 6 matches. This new balance for matches will only be available to those who have purchased the Crimson Map Pack—so if that sounds exciting to you, then get ready to open your digital wallet!

The Crimson Map Pack will be hitting on December 10th for 800 MS Points.

 

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 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. 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.

 

Eric L. Patterson, Executive Editor
Eric L. Patterson got his start via self-publishing game-related fanzines in junior high, and now has one goal in life: making sure EGM has as much coverage of niche Japanese games as he can convince them to fit in. Eric’s also active in the gaming community on a personal level, being an outspoken voice on topics such as equality in gaming and consumer rights. Stalk him on Twitter: @pikoeri. Meet the rest of the crew.

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