343 has shared more details on the first of Halo 4's forthcoming DLC packs, the Crimson Map Pack. Out 10th December, it's an 800 MP jobbie which adds three maps and eight new achievements alongside expanded access to Extraction mode. Not exactly a world-beating offering, in terms of raw numbers, but the maps in question do look rather delicious.
They are: Shatter, Harvest and Wreckage, and you'll find screenshots in the gallery, care of Halo Waypoint. Community pillar Jessica Shea has also put together a rough outline of each new area, plus a few starting tips. Have a read, and let us know whether you're interested.
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 getting around easy, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for large games of Dominion and 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 in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.
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 fully symmetrical map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home, as long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows 8 - 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer Pro.
Wreckage is a manifestation of the chaos of war. A medium-sized, asymmetrical map, this playspace is 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 in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.
While we're talking modes, you can look forward to the arrival of a Team Regicide playlist on Monday. Available on Haven, Adrift, Complex, Solace and Abandon, the mode allots 25 points to whomsoever is Spartan enough to slot the other side's King. Kings are crowned based on score. Here's some advice from Jessica:
- Protect your King: Keeping your King alive is the key to success in Team Regicide. The other team will know where your King is!
- Communicate: Keep an open line of communication with teammates and your King.
- Use the boosts: It's often best to time an offensive when your King has a power-up for that extra advantage in a team fight.
- Hunt the enemy King: Especially if your team is down, the points are almost always worth it!