Halo 4 Crimson map pack release date set

Add Harvest, Shatter, and Wreckage on December 10.

November 29, 2012 / 07:44 PM EDT / (@salromano)

Microsoft will release the Crimson map pack for Halo 4 on December 10 for 800 Microsoft Points, it has announced.

The map pack is the first of three from the War Games Map Pass. It will include ethree new maps, eight new achievements, and a new Crimson DLC playlist. Extration, a five-against-five objective-based game where opposing teams are tasked with extracting assets from various points on the map, will also be made available for the first time in multiplayer matchmaking on the same day the Crimson map pack is released.

Find descriptions for the pack’s three maps below.

  • Harvest is a canon concept brought to life – the doomed agricultural planet where humans first made contact with the Covenant. A small to mid-size map, Harvest is ideal for Capture the Flag. Here, you’ll need to get creative to effectively use light vehicles which are limited to the exterior pathways and can’t get into the bases, making this fully symmetrical map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home, as long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows 8 – 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer Pro.
  • Shatter is themed around natural crystalline surfaces and the huge UNSC factories mining them. This large, symmetrical map is a playground for the Warthog and Mantis – its open pathways make getting around easy, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for large games of Dominion and Extraction. For some close-quarters face-time, escape the open landscape and duck into a mining facility, or slip through a doorway and hunt unsuspecting Spartans. Shatter enables multiplayer mayhem for up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.
  • Wreckage is a manifestation of the chaos of war. A medium-sized, asymmetrical map, this playspace is great for accommodating a wide range of objective-based game modes including King of the Hill and Capture the Flag. It is a ravaged environment of crashed debris, where the surrounding destruction creates complex paths perfect for throwing off your opponents or testing the limits of your Warthog. This devastated landscape provides plenty of cover, and tons of nooks and crannies are at your disposal while fighting for your turn to become King. Wreckage supports up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.

Watch the Crimson map pack trailer below. View a set of screenshots at the gallery.

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