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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – Solitary Map Details and Screenshots

Posted on September 29, 2011 AT 06:19am

THE BUZZ: 343 Industries has released some new details and screenshots for the remake of the Prisoner map in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary known as Solitary.

343′s official description of the map:

In order to safeguard what was in there from getting out, this multi-level facility was given vertical isolation. Looking through the glass on the floor will tell you that you’re in the stratosphere of an icy surface, while a quick glance through one of the many windows reveals similar spinning confinement platforms around it. The pods are as removed as possible, but a hole near the top of the level—which lets in snow—gives the impression that something may not be right at this peculiar alien prison.

With tightly-woven corridors and many bridges and ramps, this space is perfect for the chaos of close-range combat. The smallness of it, though, also provided design challenges. We had to scale things back artistically, especially with the walls, as too many details equaled too much visual noise. The goal was to be relatively simple while having enough detail to remain striking.

The most notable differences from the original appear at the highest level. There are some additional rooms adjacent to each of the sniper roosts, and balconies have been added via Forge pieces so you can navigate through them.

EGM’s TAKE: 343 is doing a fantastic job of bringing Halo into the modern day world of gaming and we can’t wait to try out the finished product.

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