The third and final map pack for "Halo 4" will be arriving in digital stores Monday, April 8, 2013 and this time the focus is on objectives and vehicles. The Castle map pack will feature three new maps Daybreak, Outcast, and Perdition according to the press release that was published yesterday, Mar. 11th.
The gametypes these maps will support will be Big Team Objective, Domination, and Slayer as well as featuring a 6v6 playlist for the new maps when the game is released. The map pack is promising lots of vehicle mayhem in any game you play and each map has been described in their press release as:
- Daybreak: Two UNSC bases oppose each other in this large asymmetrical map. Teams must split focus between attacking the enemy base while playing close defense to their own. Claim your team's sniper rifle to cover the central Man Cannon, or grab a Warthog to push through the side channels and flank the enemy base. The Rocket Launcher and Banshee both spawn in positions diagonal to the starting bases; claiming their firepower early is crucial to land the first flag cap or take an early lead in kills.
- Outcast: Controlling vehicle paths is critical in this circular map set in a desert environment. Outcast features frequent Mantis vs. Wraith battles, so teams must keep their drivers informed with constant communication to get the drop on enemy vehicles. While driving the Mantis, you can target fusion coils in tunnels to flush out camping opponents directly into your rain of fire, or cover your flag runner's dash to a friendly Warthog. If you find yourself without a vehicle, race to the secondary bases to secure a power weapon or drop on enemies for a game-changing hijack.
- Perdition: Blending long sightlines, vehicles, and close-quarters combat, Perdition caters to nearly any gameplay style. Wheelmen and gunners will be right at home in this urban environment as a well-placed Warthog can lock down a quarter of the map, securing valuable ordnances for the team. Learning the interior routes is essential to both escaping danger and finishing off ranged kills. Be sure to look for the Gravity Hammer in Power Station 3 – an ideal revenge weapon against a pesky sniper or a big surprise for an enemy Warthog.
You can get a glimpse at some of the carnage on their video released today as well and if you are heading to Boston, MA Mar. 22nd through Mar. 24th for the East edition of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East), you can get a first hand look of each map at the Microsoft booth. Also during PAX East, you can hear straight from the horses mouth about "Halo 4" and mulitplayer as members from 343 Industries and Certain Affinity will be hosting a panel talking about the past, present, and future of "Halo 4" multiplayer. I will be attending PAX East and will be providing as much information as possible on 343i and the Castle map pack so stay tuned for info during that weekend.
The map pack will be available for purchase on April 8th for 800 points ( $10 ) and included if you purchased the War Games Pass ($25) or the "Halo 4" Limited Edition ($100).