So in an earlier article, I had guessed that Microsoft and Bungie were going to release the Halo 3 beta on tax day – April 17th, 2007 (since the 15th is a Sunday, the kind government is giving us 2 extra days). Come to find out, it is not necessarily going to be the Halo 3 beta that is released that day, but 2 new maps for Halo 2.
Both maps are going to be remakes of maps from the original Halo game… a game that I’m unfortunately completely unfamiliar with. The first map will be called “Desolation”, a remake of the level “Derelict” from the original Halo, and the second map will be called “Tombstone”, a remake of the level “Hang ’em High” from the original Halo. Needless to say, Bungie definitely isn’t going to just drop in two old maps into Halo 2, both maps have been entirely redrawn to use the capabilities of Halo 2 gaming engine, and the HDTV capabilities of the Xbox and Xbox 360. And thanks to the extra time that it took to redraw and remake these maps, they’re going to cost us $4 bucks to get our hands on them. So until the Halo 3 beta release date, you’ll at least have two new maps for Halo 2 to keep you going.
Quotes about the new levels from bungie.net:
As you know by now, we’re just over a week away from unleashing two brand new Halo 2 multiplayer maps upon the world. “Desolation”, a remake of the Halo 1 map Derelict, and Tombstone, a remake of the classic “Hang ‘em High”, are both being released on Xbox Live on Tuesday 4/17. For the bargain price of $4.00 you’ll be able to unleash a new can of whoop-ass on these completely re-imagined multiplayer arenas.
We’ll have a lot more to say (and show) about each of these maps next week as part of our continuing coverage on Bungie.net.
However, before we can release the new maps, we need to release a new auto-update for Halo 2. My sources tell me this is likely happening at some point next week and there could be a small interruption in play while this update is being deployed.