Halo: Reach's Defiant Map Pack Hits This March

Due out this March, the Defiant Map pack for Halo: Reach will include three new maps and 150 more Gamerscore points for $US10.

The three maps include one for Firefight and two for competitive play. Here's the break down:

Condemned: Condemned takes place aboard Orbital Station Gamma, a massive space station high in orbit above the planet Reach. Prior to the Covenant's overwhelming invasion, Orbital Station Gamma provided long range communications for UNSC fleets and a vital lifeline between Reach and Earth. During the Battle of Reach, the station suffered terrible punishment at the hands of the Covenant but a few fortified sections remain intact, fully pressurized, and ready for combat. Condemned supports 6 – 12 players in a variety of action-packed game types, including Team Slayer, Team Objective and Free for All.

Highlands: Highlands takes place on the top-secret Military Wilderness Training Preserve on Reach. The Preserve is a large, wooded area where Spartan super-soldiers trained long before the war with the Covenant began. During the Battle of Reach, the Preserve was the site of key battles between the alien invaders and a group of Spartans who used their familiarity with these UNSC training grounds to significant tactical advantage…but not everyone who enters these woods makes it out alive. Highlands expands the fight with massive-scale engagements for 8 – 16 players in Big Team Battle, Team Slayer and Team Objective.

Unearthed: Unearthed takes the battle for Reach to a large Titanium mine and refinery located in the Viery civilian sector of the planet. This particular mine was built to take advantage of the exposed titanium inside a massive meteor crater. The titanium produced here is used in much of the UNSC hardware, from the chassis of the Warthog to the meters-thick armour plating of capital ships like the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. While this facility was quickly abandoned when the Covenant arrived on Reach, it still has significant tactical (and economic) value and it won't be long before both humans and Covenant return to battle for control. Unearthed allows up to 4 players to launch a counterassault against the Covenant in Firefight and Firefight modes such as Generator defence.


    Really, only 3 maps again? 2 of which I will never play?

      I'm a little disappointed too, the maps don't even seem all that interesting. I mean they aren't bad, but I was hoping for a little more.

    Yay! The perfect excuse to start playing Halo again.

    It seems these maps are being created by 343i and not by Bungie and it shows. The trailer did a poor job of showing maps so it's hard to judge them from what little we've seen but I am not impressed. Another "small" map aboard a human space station (Anchor 9 anybody?), Only impressive part about highlands was the skybox and no "large" Invasion map. I'm happy to see Firefight DLC but I would have preferred to have seen it bundled into a specific Firefight map pack.

    I hope the Halo community really speaks up about this.

    I still have yet to play the Noble pack since buying it, hopefully they'll start introducing the maps into the regular playlists soon.

    At this rate we'll have 3 map packs by the end of 2011 for Reach, hopefully this isn't indicative of the lifespan of the game.

      The Noble map pack maps are actually included in quite a few of the regular playlists now. The catch is that every single person in the group of players you are put with must have the map pack for the maps to come up as voting options, and the matching process doesn't search specifically to match you with map pack owners more often than those who don't own it. All it takes is for 1 person in the group not having the pack for the option not to appear.

      Not a fantastic option, but completely separating those with and those without the map pack would split the community, especially if multiple map packs were available.

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