Halo 4's 343 Studio's has announced the content of the first map pack, titled "Crimson."
Crimson will have three new, unique maps, never before seen in the Halo Franchise; Wreckage, Harvest and Shatter. Here is the official release video from 343.
Pictures and the official descriptions of the maps are below.
Wreckage: Wreckage is the manifestation of the chaos of war. A medium-sized, asymmetrical map great for accommodating a wide range of objective-based game modes including King of the Hill and Capture the Flag, it is a ravaged environment of crashed debris, where the surrounding destruction creates complex paths perfect for throwing off your opponents, or testing the limits of your Warthog. This devastated landscape provides plenty of cover, and tons of nooks and crannies are at your disposal while fighting for your turn to become King. Wreckage supports up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in a variety of other modes, including Capture the Flag, King of the Hill and Oddball.
Harvest: Harvest is a canon concept brought to life – the doomed agricultural planet where humans first made contact with the Covenant. A small to mid-size map, Harvest is ideal for Capture the Flag. Here, you’ll need to get creative to effectively use light vehicles which are limited to the exterior pathways and can’t get into the bases, making this map perfect for infantry firefights and face-to-face skirmishes. Snipers will also feel right at home; long sightlines are broken up by great cover and hiding spots. Harvest allows up to 12 players to face off in Capture the Flag, Infinity Slayer, King of the Hill, SWAT and Slayer Pro.
Shatter: Shatter is themed around natural crystalline surfaces and the huge UNSC factories mining them. This large, symmetrical map is a playground for the Warthog and Mantis - its open pathways make it easy to get around, whether on foot or in vehicles. Shatter is a great fit for Dominion and the new game type Extraction. For some close-quarters face-time, escape the open landscape and duck into a mining facility, or slip through a doorway and hunt unsuspecting Spartans. This map has variety for different types of players. Shatter enables multiplayer mayhem for up to 16 players in Infinity Slayer and up to 12 players in other modes, such as Capture the Flag, King of the Hill, Dominion and Extraction.
"What's all this Mysterious 'Extraction' business?" you might be asking. "There is no such thing!"
Well there wasn't such a thing, but for the people who buy the Crimson pack, there will be!
In addition to the three maps, the Crimson DLC will also include an additional game mode, "Extraction."
“Extraction”: Extraction is a 5 vs. 5 objective-based game type where opposing Spartan teams are tasked with extracting assets from various sites around the map. Once a team has found a site and is in position, they must plant their beacon and protect it from the opposing team while the extraction process occurs. If the defending team remains in control of the beacon, they receive one point, however if the opposing team overtakes the site before extraction is complete, the point goes to them. Once a site has been extracted, a new site becomes available. The first team to extract five points wins.
The Crimson DLC will cost 800 MS points on Xbox Live, or 10$ USD. For ten bucks that's a hefty amount of content. However, you'll get this map pack, and the other two that are planned for 2013 for free if you buy the season pass (okay, that's not free) for 25 bucks. Assuming that all the DLCs planned are 10$ that means you save at least 5. That's not too bad.
Once I have dominated many foes and mastered the new maps upon release, I will get back to you with my impressions!
The Crimson pack goes live on Xbox Live on December 10th.