In these dark days of micro-transactions and overpriced DLC, as a horde we've become used to paying hand over fist for map packs. Now 343i, the new Halo folks, are giving a map away for free. Ironically, it's a map that will allow you to create many more maps of your own. This is a good thing.
The map is called 'Forge Island' and, as the name suggests, it's a map designed to be used with forge.
Cleverly, Forge Island is actually made up of three islands -- a large, medium-sized, and small island -- giving forgers space to create the kind of level that interests them. Fans of Halo multiplayer exist across a wide spectrum -- some prefer big team battles, whereas others like small, super balanced, competitive spaces. Forge Island accommodates all sorts.
Forge Island will be available on April 11, three days after the release of the Castle Map Pack, which you will have to purchase. IGN has a look at the map pack in its entirety, which you can watch above.
It's strange, but the announcement of this new map, and the footage of the new maps has left me a little cold. As a massive fan of Halo's multiplayer, Halo 4 has easily been the game in the series I've played least. I feel as though the game has lost its identity a little, and tried to cater to a different crowd. That makes me a little sad.
But still, free map. Looks great! We should celebrate or something!