Halo 3 Mythic Map Pack 2 drops Feb. 2

ODST's three new multiplayer maps for Bungie's Master Chief-led sci-fi shooter arrive next month for $10; $77K Haiti relief effort now underway.

Halo 3: ODST could be seen as just an expansion to Bungie's highly acclaimed 2007 sci-fi shooter, but it still packed a good amount of content for a full-priced game. Released in September, the Xbox 360 exclusive included an all-new story, the co-op mode Firefight, and three multiplayer maps. It also guaranteed access to the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta test, which is expected to be available this spring.

For those who didn't spring for ODST, Microsoft announced today that the game's three new multiplayer maps will be available to Halo 3 owners beginning February 2. Titled Mythic Map Pack 2, the add-on will cost MSP800 ($10).

Heretic may look familiar to Halo 2 vets.

The first map, Heretic, is a re-envisioned take on Halo 2's Midship arena and features a symmetrical play field on the Covenant vessel Pious Inquisitor. Citadel is a small, symmetrical map that plays out in an abandoned Forerunner stronghold. Lastly, Longshore is designed for large squads, taking place within the Old Mombasa commercial port.

Bungie also said today that players can contribute to relief efforts in Haiti simply by playing Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST. The development studio said that it would donate $100 to the Red Cross for every 1,000 people who compete wearing a red heart emblem today or tomorrow in the online portion of either game. The developer is prepared to donate up to $77,000 to the humanitarian organization. More information on the effort is available through Bungie's Web site.

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SuperGamer45678
SuperGamer45678

Ok bungie is really pissing me of now. i bought the mythic and legendary map packs and right after that, I mean RIGHT AFTER that my cousin found out about the odst mythic disk. So i go and buy that cause the campaign sounded kinda cool and i was like "meh more achievements". AND NOW i find out that i never need to buy halo 3 ODST cause i can get THESE now???? REALLY! I'll be more careful with Halo Reach

Yo-Mamas-Pimp
Yo-Mamas-Pimp

Never had a problem playing a COD map pack right away..

Gundamforce
Gundamforce

@Yo-Mamas-Pimp: Wouldn't COD have the same situation?

Yo-Mamas-Pimp
Yo-Mamas-Pimp

That would be cool and all if the maps ever came up! I bought all the map packs for halo 3 and still havn't played like 4 of em becuz nobody in the lobby has them! If bungie wants to sell map packs they should probably consider that! I have no problem playing COD map packs, thats why i buy them but this one i'll pass!

Gundamforce
Gundamforce

Great for those who didn't buy ODST but just want the dlc.

BigBacon87
BigBacon87

Im suprised people still play this garbage.

athenian29
athenian29

I like the charity plan. A pity they aren't willing to donate more, but that's pretty clever nonetheless.

Trentdo
Trentdo

@edant79 This is to give fans who can't donate the chance to make a difference. Granted a small contribution but still one at that!

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

as if Bungie knew how to do anything else.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Flint247 Correction, it's about how much help Haiti gets.

sinlessmoon
sinlessmoon

Awesome! I can finally get mythic map pack.

CPM_basic
CPM_basic

When ODST came out I actually stopped playing Halo 3 because I couldn't play in any of the good online playlists. I bought ODST but traded it in 2 days after I bought it because IMO it was not up to par with what I expected. Now I'm not even sure if I'll jump back in the bandwagon... but I hate how Bungie alienated Halo 3 users who were not interested in ODST. They should not do those kind of things to their fans.

Flint247
Flint247

Why are people worried on how much Bungie gave to Haiti? It's not about how much you give, it's about giving period. How much did YOU give to Haiti? Just as I thought.

Barighm
Barighm

Good. ODST was too big a disappointment to care. Blinding red colour to indicate damage and no matchmaking for Firefight killed any reason to own it. Only loss was missing out on many weekend events because I didn't have Mythic disc. Now I can take part again.

xXFr34k_0uTXx
xXFr34k_0uTXx

Very nice gesture from Bungie to Haiti. Halo is so dead to me now though =[.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

Sadly I have moved on to better FPS games. Sorry Bungie.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

I admire the support Bungie gives this game...well, it IS their bread and butter.

payne6705
payne6705

I bought ODST and got the maps but this is BS seriously why did this come out so late? its only 3 maps and they really aren't the best this map pack should have been out at least at xmas time or even thanksgiving not 4-5 months after ODST I wish the guys physically buying the map pack luck because it isn't worth the money

edant79
edant79

...Fine! I'll play, even though I'm totally burnt out on that game. But why don't they just donate the 77K, instead of guilt tripping us into playing their game while wearing a red heart emblem?

THizzle7XU
THizzle7XU

I wonder how many people who own ODST will still buy this pack... Common sense should dictate the Live system should detect this or at least put a huge warning message up before buying.

fon1988
fon1988

It's cool to see Bungie supporting Haiti. Gotta go put that red heart emblem on now. I hope to see everyone wearing that.

RAGINGxPONY
RAGINGxPONY

I love bungie and love Halo. But I hated how they literally forced you to go out and buy the map packs just to play on most game modes. I already had to buy all the other map packs, and I hope I am not forced into buying this map pack. Halo 3 is awesome anyways though.

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

wait a minute.. i already have it. it comes with the odst game

firefrekypsycho
firefrekypsycho

mmmm halo, i think my copy dissipated into the dimension of games that got old... o well

racing1750
racing1750

it's amazing how much support Halo 3 gets from its developer.

jadefury27
jadefury27

$100 for every 1000 players seems cheap. you guys made billions off gamers and cant do better then that?

wooly_mamoth
wooly_mamoth

My halo 3 disc is buggered and cba getting ODST, just waiting 4 Halo: Reach in September now

Franzkill
Franzkill

Considering I already got these maps with ODST I'm more keen on the prospect of Bungie releasing some more firefight maps along with additional achievments.

Justinge3
Justinge3

3 maps for 10 buck = overpriced I bought the mythic 1 and legendary. Waste. Buy ODST. Thumbs down.

xRaiiNiee
xRaiiNiee

Time to put my red heart emblem :).

Lance_Kalzas
Lance_Kalzas

Uhmmmm, these are the maps included in ODST. As before with Halo Wars (which had three new maps for Halo 3 MP also), they're released a few months after the game came out.

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

should have been added in ODST since it lacked content.

lamprey263
lamprey263

jeez, I figured they would have done this by now figuring that not everyone wanted to pick up ODST, but Microsoft can sometimes be cruel about strongarming people into DLC, I guess by now they just figure anybody with Halo 3 that hasn't gotten ODST isn't going to buy it so they just decided to release these to see if they can squeeze out any more money from people anyhow, I just didn't bother with Halo 3 multiplayer when Microsoft started releasing map packs because they took away the ability for me to play features like Big Team Battles and whatnot, leaving me with only the Lone Wolf and Slayer options for the rest of us, I like the Gears of War 2 approach to DLC better where you do matchmaking based on what map packs you have

huerito323
huerito323

@unheard-volume They should remake the whole series into one game, Halo CE, 2, and 3 put together with the best graphics the 360 can take. Plus an even better multiplayer experience, and I would pay more than $60 to play that.

lazy_trash
lazy_trash

I hate microsoft for what they did with the mythic maps. I bought the first pack back when it was first released, and played them right until odst came out. Why? because I wasn't stupid enough to pay 60$ for a terrible campaign and an alright new game mode, plus a game I already had. so all of a sudden, the mythic maps became unavailable. Complete garbage, and an obvious lack of respect for the consumer. I cancelled my live membership, and I'm going to sell my console for a ps3 when I have the time.

Flint247
Flint247

After playing MW2, I can DEFINITELY agree that it's the worst game in the series. I should have gotten Halo 3 instead.

kamizuka
kamizuka

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wookie560
wookie560

@ larlarbd you clearly dont know business if this is what your saying. Every business is here to make money. And the employees are here to make the game better, but not for free. Bungie's Employees have lives too like yours, only that making the game is their job, not stacking shelves or selling TVs. So lets say that there were 20 people working on just the maps, thats (in NZ currency) prolly $200 per person, per day. Prolly more idk wat they get paid, but thats $4000 out of the pocket per day, excluding expenses. And it takes about a few months to make. So yea, giving away DLC isnt a great business plan. And, as for the 77k, its good that they're actually donating. Doesnt matter what the amount is.

cheesytaco69
cheesytaco69

@xchiefmegadethx I would love to see some new Firefight maps. It might be too late for the matchmaking but new maps would be greatly appreciated.

thedigitals
thedigitals

pretty cool since i never got odst, not modernpwnage.com but cool