Halo Reach Anniversary map pack hits November 15

Seven multiplayer arenas featured in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary to be available in last year's Halo for $15.

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is set to bring the original Xbox first-person shooter into the modern era. Along with the single-player campaign, the game includes a number of new multiplayer maps. However, the HD rerelease won't be the only way to get them.

You don't have to buy into the Chief's original journey to enjoy new Halo maps.

Microsoft announced today that the seven maps included in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will also be made available separately via Xbox Live for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15). The Halo: Reach-compatible list of maps includes Battle Canyon, Breakneck, High Noon, Penance, Ridgeline, Solitary, and Installation 04. This list represents six competitive multiplayer maps and one arena for the cooperative Firefight mode.

Playlists featuring these new maps will go live the morning of November 14. This will allow matchmaking playlists to be populated across regions and ready for the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary on November 15.

Developed by 343 Industries, Saber Interactive, and Certain Affinity, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a rerelease of the original Halo game with a fully remastered campaign, Xbox Live co-op support, and the aforementioned multiplayer maps. It will be compatible with the Kinect and will let gamers switch between classic and updated graphics with one button press.

For more on the rerelease, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.

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danden-halo
danden-halo

well i bought 6 maps for halo reach for 800 points(a promotion), so as i still have 200 points, i'll pay another 15 bucks

danden-halo
danden-halo

great deal for mefirst i'll buy forza 4 and skyrim, and then downloand this pack

dylan35
dylan35

wow so i could be playing the new maps already but i must wait for midnight launch to pick up my hard copy of halo ce !!!! bought the map packs already and this is still a deal and after hours of cod and battlefield Halo has the best MP!!!! so excited to play campaign again!!!

sneric
sneric

Looks good, but not gonna pay $15 for maps that ive been playing for years

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

Its acctually a decent price , maybe the first time ever a fps releases 7 maps for that price.

NickyWithATicky
NickyWithATicky

Surely most people who are still playing reach are probably going to get CE, so I don't think many people are going to get these. But it's the thought that counts, I guess.

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

lol I thought it was talking about Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary :P I read the title and was like :Wait, doesn't it come out on the 15th?" Then I reread it and facepalmed :P :P

MaverickVll
MaverickVll

7 for $15 is a far better deal than usual. You hear that Activision?

yman173
yman173

Its cool theyre releasing the maps, but I plan on being first in line to buy the Anniversary Halo anyway. Who can resist the original game, brought into Hi-Def?

littleghostie
littleghostie

Do you half to have the halo reach disc to play these maps in mp?

CodingGenius
CodingGenius moderator

Oh, thank goodness. I thought that people who bought Halo:CE Anniversary were going to have to cough up for maps on a day one release. :)

Flint247
Flint247

Must... get... Xbox Live Gold... back!!!

mochamoo-ex
mochamoo-ex

Considering you usually pay 800MP for just 3 maps, 1200MP for 7 is quite good. It doesn't matter if these maps are remakes, they still have new textures, Reach adjustments and forge/theater integration.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

This is good, though now I'm not sure whether I want to buy the full game or just rent it and buy the maps separately

Barighm
Barighm

I was gonna buy this anyway. Still love the original Halo and I'll enjoy the chance to grab the Achievements for it. The maps are just a welcome bonus. Make that an extra-extra bonus with gravy on top for being remakes of the better maps of Halo yore. Very few good maps after H3.

zzamaro
zzamaro

@baystatethrashr ...your point is? A remake/port still comes from an old game. It's NOT a new game. $15 for 7 maps which origins are from an old game is a rip-off.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

Not to mention this comes with the Halo: CEA disc to download to Reach, honestly I'd rather pay the extra $25 for the campaign as well.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@zzamaro MW2: 5 maps for $15, HaloCEA: 7 maps for $15. And 6 are full fledged remakes, not direct ports like CoD (and they include new MP hoppers, and the original pistol, not to mention a brand new firefight map.) This isn't a ripoff, stop being a troll.

gam3r2011
gam3r2011

even if they removed the multiplayer all together, this game is still worth buying whether youre new to the series or not

Xplode_77
Xplode_77

7 maps for 15 bucks is not terribly bad. At least it's better than CoD MW2's asking price.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

Haven't played Reach in forever. This definitely won't bring me back though.

davros878
davros878

Beats getting only 3 maps for 15 dollars. Remember when the Halo 3 map packs were free though?

zzamaro
zzamaro

:lol: Are they kidding? 15$ for maps from an old game(remake)? This is Micro$$$oft's Stimulus Package(COD MW2's map packs that included 2 maps from an old game). Everyone easily hates Activision. Yeah, Activision deserves, but when it's about M$, people are like this: "Whatever you say sir, here's my money". Yeah, I said it, come at me haters.

Black_Hand_313
Black_Hand_313

Good deal, but for an extra $25 you get the classic Halo: CE with better graphics (you can even play it with the old graphics if you want to). If you've played it before, it'll be worth it. If you haven't played it before, I 100% recommend you do.

gc88
gc88

7 maps for 15$ is probably the best deal for a map pack I've seen in a while.