Today on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries revealed the latest map addition to Halo 4‘s multiplayer mode: The snow-covered stage known as Longbow.

Basic details:

Location: Northern regions of the planet Concord.
Description: Located in the northern polar region of the planet Concord, the frigid climate and unique gravitational conditions provide an optimal perch for Longbow Station’s channel-based mass drivers. Before the Covenant War, the UEG launched deep space monitoring relays from here in an effort to study far-flung star systems.

As the Waypoint posting notes, there’s a long tradition of snowy stages in the Halo franchise—and that’s something I’ve always loved. I don’t know what it is, but game words that remind me of a winter wonderland have always held a special place in my heart. (Especially now that I’m living out here in California, where we don’t get a flake of snow all year long.)

343 says that the goal of Longbow was to create “a playspace that showcases one of our new (and unannounced) game modes”. Hmm. It’s also noted that Longbow will mostly be a mid-to-long range map, one with support for both on-foot and vehicular action.


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