More maptacularness for Halo 2

Two Halo: Combat Evolved maps reimagined for Halo 2; new "Hang 'Em High" and "Desolation" coming to Xbox Live in April.

Hang 'Em High...with some bronzer and botox.

Halo 3 may be on the horizon, and Gears of War may be the current king of Xbox Live, but the biggest Xbox game of all time isn't going to sit back and let the torch be passed on too easily.

Two more multiplayer maps will be made available for the first-person shooter this April over Xbox Live for both Xbox and Xbox 360 owners. This is good news for Xbox gamers who haven't yet upgraded to the Xbox 360. When Microsoft originally revealed that more maps were coming for Halo 2 (news that coincided with the announcement of the Halo 3 beta), it was stated that the content would only be made available for Xbox 360 owners.

Derelict, have you been working out?

The two new battlefields coming next month will be familiar to those who spent hours playing split-screen or System Link multiplayer matches from Halo: Combat Evolved. "Hang 'Em High" and "Derelict" have been redone with enhanced graphics and some tweaks as "Tombstone" and "Desolation," respectively.

The two maps will be sold together for $4, available through the in-game content downloader in Halo 2 and available for Xbox Live Gold members only. For more information on Halo 2, read GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Discussion

496 comments
emerald101
emerald101

I AINT BOTHERED TO PAY 2 POUND FOR IT!!!!

Mike_Carrington
Mike_Carrington

i welcome the new maps but i wish they would have made damnation, i loved that map

bodhikai
bodhikai

these maps are not that much fun anyway...Derelict is way too small and Hang 'Em High is just a box, a boring simple box. At least Hang 'Em High has some elevation to it. We will see how many people opt to quit out of their matches when they see these new maps. Quitting is lame, but if the maps are no fun, then it is going to happen....

someguyintexas
someguyintexas

whta is the "premium purchase" option and how do you get to it on the original xbox? Thanks

Farreg
Farreg

I learned this after 2+ hours on the phone with Xbox Live support: You can't get the maps if you had Premium Purchases disabled on your Xbox Live account on your original Xbox, and have since upgraded to an Xbox 360. There is nowhere to deselect that option on an Xbox 360, and you can't access the area to change it on an original Xbox if you have upgraded your account to run on an Xbox 360.

Triple_H90
Triple_H90

They should support the original Xbox more. I'm glad to see they're releasing this, hopefully some good games in the future. But to be honest, I already got a 360 so it's cool. Just would be nice to see the old Xbox still alive. :/

Shishio817
Shishio817

FINALLY! Hopefully, these will add some variation to Live Halo 2 while I wait for Halo 3. Otherwise, it just gets boring.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

I doubt they'll make them free until mid-June or later.. Better buy them now because most of the matchmaking playlists require the new maps.

StumpyTrash
StumpyTrash

Think they'll charge for these at first and then make them free later?

schlosser_rider
schlosser_rider

You need to delete it off your hard drive and then redownload it.

chainsawhop
chainsawhop

oops it was the update and not the maps sorry but can anyone help me

schlosser_rider
schlosser_rider

@chainsawhop, How the heck did you download it? It isnt available to the 17th! I cant wait, I am sick of the current maps.(A few too many hours on XBL)

chainsawhop
chainsawhop

I download it and it didnt work!!! It says its damage WTF?!

mrbigstump63
mrbigstump63

Why didnt they make the new maps available through the marketplace as well as the in game content downloader?

emerald101
emerald101

I need to get this for my 360!!!!!!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Good to see them keeping the downloadable content going.

xXH34DSHOTSXx
xXH34DSHOTSXx

i think these maps are awesome hang em high does look crouded but its just a picture wait till we play it april 17th! its gunna be siiick!

InsaneAZN22
InsaneAZN22

What if you dont have Xbox live? HOw am i gonna get dem maps? noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

Tokanite
Tokanite

Ugh... it looks like they made hang em high smaller! Hang em high was awesome because it was 1: Big 2: Simple (looks like they added a new room from the screen shot) 3: Clean looking (They made everything too colorful and makes the whole map feel too cluttered, and less crisp and clean like it looked with concrete blocks and concrete towers) Yeah. HOpefully its just a bad screen shot.. Derelict looks pretty awesome though, lol.

Chaos_crying
Chaos_crying

Yeah, 'cos your PC and video card and whatnot wasn't, y'know, 500-1000 bucks, right?

897631524
897631524

" ThugNMe lol you know what i find VERY funny... most PC FPS come with a map editor, letting people like you and me create maps for each other for free, console game dont come with a editor, causing the game company to scam the console users by charging for a few maps at a time..... even funnyer is the console games cost 60 bucks now and PC games are between 40-50, when will people wake up and not pay for this crap, you just paid 60+ for the game isnt that enough? if they want there game to continue to be played online give us the maps for free, or port the dang game to PC so we can make our own..... " good point, exept that from experiance i can say that the console version of halo is a 1000 times better than the pc version

alaneasykill
alaneasykill

can't wait for this and the beta (may 16th)

Zkeptik
Zkeptik

I still can't believe they are charging $2 a map for such an old game. They owe it to the people who purchased the first version of Halo 2 which many still consider an incomplete game to begin with. I'm a big Halo fan, but I refuse to pay any more. I bought the original, the Limited Collector's Edition of Halo 2 and even payed for the Halo 3 beta (a.k.a. Crackdown) I've taken all I can stands and I can't stands no more.

OnlineGama
OnlineGama

Sweet..how much microsoft points are 4$ anywhoz?

ThugNMe
ThugNMe

lol you know what i find VERY funny... most PC FPS come with a map editor, letting people like you and me create maps for each other for free, console game dont come with a editor, causing the game company to scam the console users by charging for a few maps at a time..... even funnyer is the console games cost 60 bucks now and PC games are between 40-50, when will people wake up and not pay for this crap, you just paid 60+ for the game isnt that enough? if they want there game to continue to be played online give us the maps for free, or port the dang game to PC so we can make our own.....

thk123
thk123

Just read the Halo 2 story for PC.... why didn't they just include the map they were talking about in that version. Is Microsoft not inter-communicating with itself... I mean, these maps sound fine, but the map they were talking about in the PC version sounded awesome...

AnalogOdyssey
AnalogOdyssey

sweet that is great for people like me that have not upgraded yet.... 2 new maps will bring more players back to the game even if it is 4 bucks i will pay for it......

mastercoon
mastercoon

I got the maps off of xbox live i hade to wait but they were still free

oogieboogie8
oogieboogie8

4 bucks? not much but I was hoping they would be free.

mike11230
mike11230

I HOPE THE HALO EPIC WILL NEVER END HALO FOREVER

jhz
jhz

Now THATS clever marketing. Bungie are pretty much doing two things here. 1) Buy Halo 3! - We still support Halo 2, and thats our old game! 2) By releasing this map pack bungie are just stirring up the hype machine that is Halo 3!

totuox
totuox

ammmmmmmm cool i well download thes maps

Salt_Rok
Salt_Rok

Omg ryt plz let me clear up n e confusion. These maps are for anyone who has an xbox live account apart from tramps who own an xbox 360 and have a silver account. Yes, everyone with an original xbox can download these. That is why they are being made available through the actual Halo 2 downloader so that everyone can access them! So there we go. No more yapping about, "O i can't get them I only have the original xbox". Everyone can played them! And Hedfex, no they aren't 360 graphics they are normal xbox graphics!! U noobs make me soo angry >=(

BlazeTK
BlazeTK

If i recall in a recent EGM only 360 users will be allowed to get the new maps and the "regular X-box" is gonna get cut from live play.

disfalling
disfalling

regular xbox live on the regular xbox IS xbox gold on the 360. they're the same thing.

smokey26
smokey26

wut do they mean by xboxlive gold accounts only??? ive got an original xobox with regular xbox live, will i be able to download these maps???

disfalling
disfalling

all i know is... i hate it... when people... type like this... with all the dots... but i will get the maps.

ROLLTIDE06
ROLLTIDE06

www.bungie.net -- read the main story ... provides a little more info

baltimoreravens
baltimoreravens

OMFG? Hang Em' High?? **** i wanna play this now, halo 2 just got better.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

You know, I always liked Derelict, and I thought Hang'em High was pretty cool too, so this is pretty awesome. You know, with these maps coming out so close to the Halo 3 release, I'm wondering if they're going to be playable on Halo 3 as well, with beefier graphics of course. Or maybe this is just Bungie saying, "Don't have a 360 yet? None to worry, we haven't forgotten about our Halo 2 fans." This was originally supposed to be 360 only content, so what happened? Or are there other maps on the way? I remember someone from Certain Affinity (makers of maps) saying there were lots of monkey sounds in one of their maps.... and neither of these look like they come with monkey sounds. More on the way? Hope so.

SlawekAB
SlawekAB

i never even played HALO2

wolfclanred
wolfclanred

"Umm.... Guys, this is an April Fool's joke. When I first saw the graphics I thought they were too good for Halo Two. And I think I'm right. So..."-SuperStuffing. This isn't a April's Fool Joke it says posted March 30 so its before April. But anywayz this looks cool and all but i dont have a 360 yet but am planning on gettin one and will buy this for sure