Microsoft, 343 Industries and developer Certain Affinity are gearing up to launch the second map pack for Halo 4 on February 25. The Majestic Map Pack brings three new maps, a new game type and two new playlists to Halo 4’s multiplayer suite.
Over at the Major Nelson blog, the map pack is detailed a bit further. The three new maps being added are “Landfall,” “Monolith,” and “Skyline.” You can read a bit more about each below.
Landfall: A shining city under attack…
"The world of Tribute is now a graveyard, but its capital was once a bright beacon of commerce among the inner colonies. Fight in the corridors and courtyards of Casbah’s port authority buildings, but don’t stand still too long. Perfect for Infinity Slayer, this small to midsize asymmetrical map offers interiors with sparse cover, which encourages close-range combat, while the exteriors offer long lines of sight to stalk your opponents. Awesome jump routes let players spring around the outside of the map, incidentally offering a perfect view of the city as it is razed by the Covenant’s brutal assault."
Monolith: Adrift in a forgotten asteroid belt…
"This monument and many like it were built by the Forerunners after their final victory over the ancient humans. This small map has central man-cannons, short corridors, almost no cover, and open sightlines which make the location great for a mixture of close and mid-range battle. Monolith harkens back to more classic “Halo” arena-based maps, and its symmetry lends nicely to objective-based modes like Capture the Flag. Monolith is an open battlefield; wherever you look, you will witness the ferocious action that only a small and open map can provide."
Skyline: Combat analysts agree…
"The rooftop terrain on this new space tether construction site is an ideal training environment for close-quarters infantry combat. This map, perched high above the sights of reconstruction in Cascade’s capital city, is small and symmetrical, perfect for Regicide with a mixture of high and low spaces and plenty of cover. Don’t think cover means you’re safe, however – this map holds explosive fuel cells that can and will wreak havoc in Skyline’s confined spaces, not to mention the long, long drop if you misstep."
The new game type that comes with the Majestic Pack is called “Infinity Rumble,” which is a free-for-all match where players earn personal ordnance drops. Additionally, the map pack adds two new multiplayer playlists to the rotation – “Majestic Free-for-All” and “Majestic Team.” Those are pretty self-explanatory. The maps of the Majestic Map Pack will also be added to the pre-existing playlists of Halo 4.
The DLC drops on February 25 for 800 Microsoft Points. If you’re a War Games Map Pass owner, the DLC will be a free download.