Two Halo: Combat Evolved maps reimagined for Halo 2; new "Hang 'Em High" and "Desolation" coming to Xbox Live in April.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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. :/
FINALLY! Hopefully, these will add some variation to Live Halo 2 while I wait for Halo 3. Otherwise, it just gets boring.
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.
@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)
Why didnt they make the new maps available through the marketplace as well as the in game content downloader?
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!
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.
" 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
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.
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.....
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...
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......
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!
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 >=(
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.
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???
all i know is... i hate it... when people... type like this... with all the dots... but i will get the maps.
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.
"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
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