Halo 4 is going to release as Microsoft’s most expensive game to date when all is said and done, and it’s easy to see why. The amount of time that’s been put into crafting the game’s industry-changing multiplayer along with singleplayer is continuing to show, with the latest multiplayer map to be detailed no exception.

The Solace multiplayer location is the latest to be examined under a microscope by 343 Industries, promising plenty of atmosphere, and possibly the best Halo 4 map we’ve seen so far for the all new Flood Mode.

The new video walkthrough from IGN shows Solace as boasting one of the more impressive skyboxes we’ve seen so far (the Impact Forge location still takes the cake, though). Built as a Forerunner installation sustaining a dying star via a massive energy beam, the architecture is filled with familiar designs that Halo fans are well accustomed to.

The aforementioned energy beam will also serve as a lift for players moving from the lower deck of the level to the upper, and bisects the Solace map perfectly. The mid-range, roughly symmetrical map is designed for 4v4 objective gameplay, but that doesn’t mean 343 has skimped on complexity.

Lead Multiplayer Level Designer Kynan Pearson notes how many channels funnel players into a variety of combat areas, and it isn’t hard to see the potential. With one end of the installation featuring a massive, overgrown cliff-face and the other an enormous dying star, players will be able to orient themselves in an instant.

Halo 4 Solace Map Trailer

While Solace may not be as intimidating as some of the larger locations, the cramped spaces and blind corners throughout make it a veritable slaughterhouse for those who know how to use Armor Abilities effectively. It may be smaller in scale, but Solace won’t be for the beginners hoping to rack up kills instead of assisting their teammates.

If the map isn’t as much of a throwback to previous Forerunner multiplayer locations, 343 has promised even more with the upcoming War Games map pass. Even before those arrive, count on fans building replicating them down to the bolt.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the previously detailed video walkthroughs:

Halo 4 will be released on November 6, 2012, exclusively for the Xbox 360.

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Source: IGN