London, 27 April, 2005 - It's time to reload the SMGs and unpin the grenades, as Microsoft Game Studios announce that four new Halo 2Â® multiplayer maps are available on Xbox LiveTM. Two of the maps, Containment and Warlock, are available for free to Xbox Live members. The other two maps, Sanctuary and Turf, are available together for download via Xbox Live for Â£2.99.
All four maps will be included in the retail Halo 2 Multiplayer Map Pack, which will contain a total of nine maps and is set for a 1st July retail release. The retail package will also contain two new videos: an animated side-story from the single-player story in New Mombasa and a mini-documentary that includes interviews with the map designers, combat strategies and fly-throughs of the new maps. The retail package will be available at a suggested retail price of Â£14.99. All nine maps will be available for gamers to download for free from 30th August. More information on the individual maps and the Multiplayer Map Pack can be found at http://www.bungie.net.
Set in a Forerunner environment on Delta Halo, Containment is a massive, icy outdoor environment suitable for vehicle combat and large team-objective games such as Capture the Flag. Warlock, a small to midsized indoor arena set in ancient Forerunner ruins, offers ample opportunities for a variety of gametypes such as Territories, Slayer, Team Slayer and more. Located in the streets of Old Mombasa near the wreckage of a downed Covenant Scarab, Turf is a midsize asymmetrical urban combat environment with narrow streets, dark alleyways and heavily defended buildings. The sunlit remains of an ancient Forerunner temple, Sanctuary is a medium-sized symmetrical environment excellent for Capture the Flag, Assault, Territories and Slayer games.
Halo 2, the most popular Xbox game to date, has sold more than 6.7 million copies worldwide since its November 2004 release. Launched to critical and consumer acclaim, the game has earned more than three dozen awards, including several for "Game of the Year," "Best Soundtrack" and "Best Shooter."
As well as these Halo 2 maps, there is a huge range of downloadable content available to enhance your favourite Xbox Live games. From free maps and missions to cars and courses, you can find out the latest on Xbox Live downloads in the Downloadable Content Catalogue at the following URL: