‘Halo: Reach’ Map Pack Adds Three New Maps, Releases Next Month

So you’ve mined Halo: Reach for all the fun you could possibly have. You’ve capped your Halo: Reach rank, you’ve created several fun maps in ForgeWorld, and you’ve even discovered the secret racing mini-game, and now you are wondering what’s next. Well, Bungie’s got you covered with a new map pack set for release before the end of next month.

Releasing on November 30, the Noble Map Pack will bring three new maps to the Reach populace, just in time for you to test out many of the new playlists that will be added with the next update. Some of them are built for larger scale matches while others work with a smaller group. Here’s our rundown:

Anchor 9:

Halo Reach Map Pack - Anchor 9

Anchor 9 is a low orbit dry-dock that supports 2-8 players and will be accessible for Free-for-all, Team Slayer, and Team Objective matches.


Halo Reach Map Pack - Tempest

Tempest is an asymmetrical set of bases that supports 8-16 players and will be available in Free-for-all, Team Slayer, Team Objective, and Big Team Battle. On top of that, Tempest is a great map to use as a template for creating new maps in ForgeWorld.


Halo Reach Map Pack - Breakpoint

Breakpoint is situated atop an icy mountain and supports 8-16 players in Invasion or Big Team Battle.

My personal favorite is Anchor 9, with its wide open space vista that provides the potential for watching my enemies fall to their deaths, but I think that each map is a welcome addition to the extensive options available in Reach. Knowing that Bungie is trying to keep the experience fresh by constantly changing up playlists and adding new maps and modes should be enough incentive for gamers to stay loyal, even once Black Ops releases.

On top of this map pack, Bungie has announced the Forgetacular Contest that will allow gamers to earn a Limited Edition Halo: Reach Xbox 360 Console if they create Bungie’s favorite map. Head on over to the site to check out the details.

Halo: Reach might be seen as a shallow pool to some, but to the millions of players jumping on daily, there is plenty to enjoy. If Bungie continues to keep map packs and updates coming at regular intervals, I can see Reach staying popular until the next Halo release, much like Halo 3 and ODST did.

Which of the three new maps is your personal favorite? What type of map would you like to see Bungie roll out in the next map pack?

Halo: Reach is out now for the Xbox 360. The Noble Map Pack will be available November 30, 2010, for 800 MS Points.

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