Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack announced

Last week over at bungie.net, the Bungie Weekly Update hinted at something big dropping this week, and here it is!

After launching to incredible acclaim and fanaticism, “Halo 3” players will be able to enjoy three all new multiplayer maps on Dec. 11 as part of the Heroic Map Pack, the first in a series of downloadable content from Bungie Studios to come via Xbox LIVE.

These maps will be available on the XBL Marketplace for 800 MS points ($10) and include Standoff, Rat’s Nest and Foundry—all fully customizable in Forge. Also of note, these maps will available for free in Spring 2008.

From the press release:

Available for 800 Microsoft Points exclusively on Xbox LIVE Marketplace, each map presents a totally different play style. Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types, while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the “Halo” multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles. Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map – players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.


Rat’s Nest


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30 Responses to Halo 3 Heroic Map Pack announced

  1. Anorexic Leader says:

    Yes, I know I’m long winded.

    First off let me say that I am surprised as to how fast this DLC is out. It’s not even gonna be 3 months before we get 3 new maps… The first DLC maps for Halo 2 took alot longer, and I was kinda expecting that kind of wait for new stuff. But this is amazing… Standoff is gonna be fun…the bunkers remind me alot of Call of Duty, but the landscape reminds me of Star Wars. The coolest thing is that Valhalla is a huge map to play CTF on, kinda like Blood gulch, or Coagulation, but Standoff is gonna be the same great experience, only much smaller. Which should cause some insane Multiflag games. Rat’s Nest pic doesn’t show much, but it does say on Bungie.net that it will be added to BTB. So that means there will be some great indoor, “He’s right behind the crate with the sword” moments. It also said that there is a perfect place to put a mongoose race map on the outside, so they might add this map to the Rocket Race playlist. And last but certainly not least, Foundry. It is gonna be awesome to use this level in Forge. I love Forge, and I’m sure I’ll spend man hours testing out ideas for maps and gametypes on this level.

  2. Spoofmaniac says:

    Unless I get money from Christmas I’ll be waiting until these are free.

  3. KC Smacker says:

    i can think of tons of new forge games already. great job bungie!

    podtac. rec E all the way!

  4. Killazilla says:


  5. noxof says:

    don’t get me wrong i’m not complaining but y so soon?

  6. t3hreaper says:

    Nice! I can’t wait to see these in person. EDIT: HOLY SHEET BATMAN. EVERY item removable and EVERYthing customizable on Foundry?


  7. Dialpex says:

    Standoff looks pretty good… can’t wait to check that one out.

  8. marooner says:


    Standoff looks beautiful and also looks a bit like timber land from halo pc… GREAT :D!!!

  9. Swift Ninja1 says:

    These maps look awesome (espicially standoff) but can you drive the pelican on Rat’s Nest?

  10. foomojive says:

    I wonder how big foundry is? Rat’s Nest and Standoff look amazing.

  11. Samus 117 says:

    Standoff looks awesome, I want to see rats nest from the inside, and being able to edit averything in Foundry is sweet, can’t wait! Also were did you get the pics?

  12. Hoogs says:

    Those maps look absolutely incredible. Especially Standoff.

  13. chuckiej says:

    Wow, these maps look amazing!

  14. John Wayne 119 says:

    Where’s all the other DLC like weapons and oh my FRIGIN PELICAN Arrrrrrrrr give it to me

  15. tubaguhbluba says:

    Rat’s Nest is gonna rock. cant wait for december 11

  16. Dust Storm says:

    I’m looking forward to foundry. I doubt the peli will be operational in rat’s nest, but can always hope.

  17. Chevelle65 says:

    When they use words like vast, valley, and mid size, I guess I’m not that excited. I miss the small maps like mid ship. When need maps for Hard Core.!

  18. Dust Storm says:

    UPDATE: Peli is not flyable

  19. a surly hobo says:

    I called it. I also want small maps for THC.

  20. John Wayne 119 says:

    Do you have to crush my dreams like that dust storm your an evil man, shame on you

  21. Harri51 says:

    OMG…………I WANT THEM NOWWWWWW……evil smile

  22. Laffapoluza says:

    DOOOOOODD!!! These maps look soooo sick….I had a feeling that they would make a Dark…ish map cant wait for Foundry too gonna be awsome for my forgin.. i heard you can put a man cannon in it :)

  23. Cryptoflix says:

    YAYAY! About time, Lol :D! Cant wait, Rats nest looks pretty awesome, Not too sure about foundry, reminds me of elongation (Which i hate) But im probably wrong!

  24. HaloFreak bunny says:

    Rat’s Nest: Driveable Pelican or scenery? In other news…this map pack will be sure to lead to me not being able to play almost all the playlists due to the fact that these maps aren’t free right away.

  25. plasma qrenades says:


  26. SGT Corona says:

    @HaloFreak bunny
    I don’t think its flyable since its an indoor level so it has to be scenery. Wow Standoff IMO will be a fav. To me it looks like a mix between Coag, Sidewinder and Timberland.

  27. heavyfire grunt says:


  28. Jurassicdl3 says:

    dam thoes maps look good, To bad i have to get my 360 repaired and it won’t be back to me after the maps come out. :(, well i will just have to play them when i do get it back

  29. Arbitation says:

    WOW! these maps look good… I can just imagine a warthog war on standoff

    Here’s some more info on the maps that I found on Bungie.net


  30. Kickimanjaro says:

    Now what we need is to get rid of that machinima law thingy…Cause thise would be perfect for machinimas

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