December 10th 2012 6:08 am PT

Halo 4 Game add-on: Crimson Map Pack

Halo 4

Content: Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack
Price: 800 Microsoft Points
Availability: Check availability in your Xbox LIVE region
Dash Text: If you own Halo 4’s “War Game Map Pass,” DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again. Venture into the large, vehicle focused human environs of Harvest, explore a human foray on an alien moon in Shatter, and witness the chaos of a clash of civilizations in Wreckage, with its blend of claustrophobic spaces and dangerous exposures.

Purchase this game add-on and add it to your Xbox 360 download queue

You’ll need a copy of Halo 4 to use this game add-on

Game Add-on, Halo By Larry Hryb, Xbox LIVE's Major Nelson

  • Michael Dolcin

    Shouldn’t people who bought the LE have access to these maps already? I’m sorry but ones who bought either the “season pass” or the LE should of received these first.

    • QuixoticRocket

      Um. no. why? You’re getting the maps cheaper if you buy a season pass (or the LE).
      Besides: wouldn’t you rather have as many people as possible to play against?

      And it’s “should have” not “should of”.

      • Michael Dolcin

        You obviously did not have to pay for anything yourself because if you had you would understand why people are annoyed at this. It’s like preordering a game and the store giving it away to someone else because “Cash is King” or something.

        Oh and I wrote “should have” not “should of”. I guess you fail at simple reading too.

        • QuixoticRocket

          You’re getting a discount. You want a discount _and_ early access?
          This is exactly like preordering: You preordered the map pack and you got it on release date for cheaper than other people who buy it on release day.

          Btw: I can also edit my comments. But nice trolling attempt.

          • Robert Hays

            Your comments are abrasive and without reason. the DEDICATED fans who support Halo who spent the extra money to get the map packs have to wait while the late bloomers and the people that weren’t on the ball are playing the maps we planned on playing in the first place. Why should we be penilized for paying early (with the reward of a 33% discount)? I’m not saying we should get it early but we should get it ON THE DAY and the time that it was announced. Your sad sob story of “I payed full price” is lame and without merit but since you are on the internet you can act all tough. The point it, people who reserved their copy, stood in line for the midnight release, people who played Halo for the last 10 years are not getting what was promised. You are just looking for a argument

          • QuixoticRocket

            My comments are perfectly within reason. You’ll also notice that I agree with your sentiments when the actual issue has been properly explained. What I was objecting to was what looked like a request for early access.

            But feel free to go on about “sob stories” and “internet tough guys” while not actually reading anything if it makes you feel better :)

          • ryder4life22187

            What does standing in line at midnight on release or playing halo for the last 10 years have to do with DL a map pack. Who knows maybe they had an issue with the season pass making the map pack sync with it saying you already paid sometimes there is issues with passes you and everyone else will get it today. I don’t see why someone who played for 10 years is more important than someone who bought it today and didn’t have issues.

        • QuixoticRocket

          I think we’re talking about 2 different things… ” I’m sorry but ones who bought either the “season pass” or the LE should have received these first.” makes it sound like you want early access… are you trying to say that there’s a problem with the season pass and you can’t download the maps?

  • Mikael Näslund

    if you have the LE or map pass you dont have access to this yet. for some reason if you paid in advance you´ll have to wait.. never buying a map pass or LE whit map pass again.. this “you have to wait” thing is just stupid..

    • Michael Dolcin

      Agreed, this QuixoticRocket above has no clue to the word customer service.

      • QuixoticRocket

        LOL dude. QQ moar guy.

        • Russell Gorall

          You just love Microsoft. How many Zunes do you own?

          • QuixoticRocket

            1 less than you. ;)

    • QuixoticRocket

      The pass gives you a roughly 33% discount. You get access to it at the same time as everyone else. They never claimed that you’d get early access.
      You can NOT buy the pass and pay 33% more by buying everything individually if you want.

      • Bennijin

        They never claimed you’d get late access either. That’s the issue.

        • Philipp Vogel

          everyone shudda calmed their juggers

      • Ω Jalil Purtow Ω

        The point he is trying to make is that if you buy it now you can get the Crimson map pack, the people that bought the season pass or Limited Edition cannot download the map pack yet.

      • zatch34

        I don’t think you understand the situation. You said “you get access to it at the same time as everyone else.” That is not true. Are you aware that everyone that got the map pack are still unable to even get the maps? While everyone that didn’t “preorder” are doing just fine. This is like punishing the people that gave them money sooner. It’s not done on purpose, but they do have the right to be annoyed. I woke up early to try and get the maps and for naught. It’s a bummer.

        • QuixoticRocket

          Is this not the same thing as always with it rolling out slowly across regions? Whenever they say “X is out now” half the people respond that they can’t get it until a few hours pass and it’s rolled out to everyone.
          Also: people could be a little more eloquent explaining the situation. It’s not like there’s a short character limit here.

          But at least your reply is explanatory and non-aggressive. Kudos to you sir *tips hat*.

          Hope you get your map pack soon. I’ll only be able to get it when I get home from work =(

      • ChickenHawk07

        Actually, you’re wrong. Yes, we get a discount, NO, we don’t get it at the same time as everyone else. The download for Map Pass owners is not yet available. So all of us who are complaining, are not complaining because we didn’t get it early. We’re complaining because we didn’t get it at the same time.

  • spencer

    what about people who bought the war games map pass? it says i have to pay 800 MS points for the crimson map pack.

    • QuixoticRocket

      You don’t need to buy it. You have it already with your war games pass. If you buy it again you’ll have paid twice.

      EDIT: there’s a warning “If you own Halo 4’s “War Game Map Pass,” DO NOT purchase this content here as you will be charged again.”

      Hope that helps.

      • Tina Barton

        we just want it the same time as everybody else
        not because we paid early but because we are loyal customers an it seems to me that they wanted more money im sure it will be workin later but they just made more money off of this

    • Russell Gorall

      That is part of the problem with season passes. If you pay for a subscription to something, there should be a system in place so you don’t accidentally pay for it twice.

      Imagine having Gold, then trying to get into a multiplayer game and being told to pay for it again. Yet, in the fine print it tells you not to pay for Gold twice.

  • Paul Quinn

    An update would be really useful. Paid in advance? How do I get the DLC?

  • Major Nelson

    Not sure what’s going on w/ those that have a War Games Pass, but I’ll see if I can find out.

    • trevor bronson

      Thank you, this has been going on unanswered far too long. You da man.

    • Michael Dolcin

      Thanks Major

    • sangosnip69

      Thank you Larry! You’re the only one on who we can count!

    • dylan ketner

      Yeah this blows I just bought the season pass 2 days ago… Big mistake. (-_-)

      • Areen Khachadouri

        what was it a big mistake? you still bought the map pack and will still get o play it.

    • Jay Hillman

      ReDL the season pass,
      Clear system cache
      run Halo 4 and there will be a star next to the ‘Marketplace’ option.
      Hit that and it will bring up the map pack :) SORTED!?!?!

  • Ω Jalil Purtow Ω

    I understand issues arise, but why don’t you learn from previous mistakes? Why is there constantly issues with season passes.

    Why can’t you learn from previous issues, for example GOW3 Season Pass and fix the issues that arose then so they didn’t happen this time.

    • Major Nelson

      Ever game implements the season pass concept differently, so it’s not a one size fits all answer.

      • Ω Jalil Purtow Ω

        Then isn’t it time that Microsoft make sure each developer implement the season pass in the same way. A standard way to implement it would mean less issues, quicker fixes ad less angry customers.

      • Russell Gorall

        When you expect little, you get little.

      • BlinkFandango

        Another reason to get rid of season passes and useless DLC cash-ins altogether.

  • spencer

    i think people who bought the limited edition or war games pass for 2000 msp should have been able to download the map packs already. I bought the map pack for 2000 and the only way i can play the map pack now is if i pay another 800 msp points. i was on customer support for 2 hrs. i asked if i could buy the 800 msp crimson map pack and then can i get a refund for the 800 just so i can play it now and not have to wait until my war pass code lets me play it. either way they did not give me 800 msp. i have been a member for over 8 years, the samne thing happened with battlefield 3 premium, i bought the 50 dollar permium pass and the first day the first map pack came out it said i have to pay 1200 msp for it. and i bought it, so i paid for it twice,

    anyways, my friend just recovered my account and bought the 800 crimson map pack even though i already have the war games pass for 2000. i did this because i have over 3000 msp and he doesnt have any, and if he recovers my account on his xbox he gets the license on his xbox so every account on his xbox can play the maps, and when i re-recover my account i can still play the maps.

    • ZenFranklin

      If you’ve been a Gold member for that long you should know that asking for “temporary” MS points is a waste of time. It clearly tells you to not buy it if you have the Season Pass.

  • James

    If you got the map pass you should have access to it the same time as everyone else, it’s not fair that the people who gave Microsoft and 343 their money early don’t get the maps just because they got a discount. That makes no sense whatsoever, if anything map pass owners should get it first because they were the ones to give their money with nothing in return at the time.

  • Drew Babis

    There is an xbox live status up for the download with map pass holders. Still no resolution though. Looking forward to being able to download my already purchased content.

  • Joseph Thornton

    This is really quite ridiculous.

  • Bluntmanj

    So much bs as usual not impressed at all no one should b ripped off and made to wait just because they got a discount thanks again Microsoft and 343 douchebags this never happened when bungie wore the daddy pants!!!

  • Bluntmanj

    So mad right now

    • ZenFranklin

      Go play some Halo while you wait. Better than raging on here I suppose.

  • ZenFranklin

    Since this “Season Pass” practice in the gaming biz took off, DLC packs never work well for Season Pass holders on the first go around. I’ve had this same experience across multiple games and platforms. Not really a shock.

    • QuixoticRocket

      I always assume that _everything_ is a shambles on release day. Pre-ordered or not.

      • ZenFranklin


  • Russell Gorall

    DLC tied to an almost obsolete console for a product that wasn’t put on disc for any apparent reason?

    I am getting two.

    • QuixoticRocket

      I hear you have a full body tattoo of the master chief?
      Is it true?

      • Russell Gorall

        It was either him or a COD guy. Hard to tell the difference between the two franchises nowadays.

        • QuixoticRocket


  • Scott Dragmire Sansom

    I bought the War Games Pass in game in Halo 4. Why can’t I play Crimson Pack?

  • QuixoticRocket

    It’s not free. You pay for it as part of the season pass or LE price.

  • disqus_fFOP7kjAQO

    Is Microsoft a technology company. Testing product might be a good idea before releasing or promising a release

  • QuixoticRocket

    You don’t have to pay. Season pass owners will get a free download once they work the bugs out.

    The problem is that the season pass download isn’t happening at the moment. Don’t buy it if you own the season pass. You’ll get it free soon.

  • spyderzdoll

    I am a bystander that paid for the season pass. At first, I was just confused on why I couldn’t play the maps as I’m new to the pass thing. But reading your comments I understand. There are bugs with everything technological when it comes out.. how you handle it can decide how your day or experience goes.. I think I’ll just go play the game. Because that’s better than getting on a soap box about how terrible everything is…

  • AngryMan24

    We all should get our money back at least 2400 of micro points and get all the maps free this is stupid THIS IS XBOX NOT PLAYSTATION!

  • Mike ‘Flash’ Wright

    Hey guys, apparently we’re supposed to be able to download the map packs from within the game’s Xbox Live marketplace. But for some reason the map pack didn’t load to the in game marketplace. Microsoft said they are addressing the issue. but as far as I can tell, and I’m from the east coast USA.. it’s still unavailable for pass holders. I pre-ordered the LE version so I’m a pass holder. Still nothing…

  • Quaranj

    I know a few people with map passes who booked the day off for this event, I bet they’re stoked to have chewed up their vacation time for a no-show.

  • John Twitchell

    This is extremely unfair. People spend their money ahead of time so we can get the maps as soon as they come out, not to be the only people who can’t access the DLC. And on top of not being able to access the maps, they are taking their sweet time to fix the issue (8 hours later). This is the last time I am ever spending my money on a season pass or anything type of deal that is similar. Great job 343/Xbox, you yet again find ways to screw over the people who put their hard earned money into your corporations. Way to take over the Halo brand in style.

  • Russell Gorall

    Instead of waiting for this issue to be fixed you could all just play a good game.


    This blows i was gonna junk out today and play the new maps =[ Guess 343 is just finger poppin eachother instead of hookin up the loyal LE customers! FINGA POPPIN!

    • Miller

      Probably rolling around in the money they made from this surprisingly awful game.

  • leahciM

    It’s starting to get that laggy peace of crap…and yeah, we signed. They should have sealed and delivered.

  • Ganon255

    I’m sure they will work out soon enough, but you got to wonder: didn’t anybody think to test-check this before it was released. How could they not have known?

  • Major Nelson

    Looks like the issue is just about resolved. If you still don’t see the Map Packs, you will very soon (in the next hour or so)

    • Ganon255

      Yay! thanks, Major

  • Jay Hillman

    I’ve sorted it!
    ReDL your Map Pass, and then clear your system cache, when you run Halo 4 there will be a star on ‘xbox maketplace’
    Click on that and it will bring up crimson for nothing :) IF you have the map pass :D

  • Nick P

    Wow you people are entertaining me. I bought the limited edition of halo 4 and I have downloaded and played the new maps already and I didn’t have to pay a thing. Download it from the in-game menu.

  • Brandon Heston

    Try this. Worked for me!
    1st redownload the season pass.
    2nd clear system cache
    3rd start halo 4 back up
    5th should be a star next to Xbox live marketplace
    6th download the maps :)

  • Kaylin Phelps

    why is it that i bought the map pack but it’s telling me i have to buy it again? i already bought the dang thing.

  • Kaylin Phelps

    the pack i bought was the map pack with the strider helmet and the other helmet and it came with avatar items and some maps……. these new maps are exactly what it said i was supposed to get.

  • Ryan Snellings

    I got excited, didn’t read the fine print and bought the Crimson Map Pack after already having the War Games pass. Needless to say, I feel like an idiot.

  • Brandon T. Eaton

    did they find out about the map pass?

  • Russell Gorall

    That went SO smoothly.

  • Thad Vein

    I got mine to D/L after 30mins of fiddling… But i still don’t have my LT bonus armor (and Best Buy armor) that i’m supposed to have. – it disappeared 3 days after launch :(

  • Juan Rosado

    hey major nelson i have the map pack but i have a problem, i get on to play the dlc but i find people game staring up and the loading screen takes 2 minutes for the game to start and it boots me to the loading screen could u help figure out my problem?

  • QuixoticRocket

    Dear QuixoticisLame,

    I find it flattering that you’d go out of your way to make a new disqus account in my honour. Thank you ^_^

    You may want to see a psychiatrist about your internet rage issues if a complete stranger disagreeing with you on the internet makes you angry though.

    But I am flattered that you think so much of me.

  • Echo Wolf

    I got it for free and i have the regular edition! FTW!

  • thebigzeus

    It was lol

  • thebigzeus

    Thx for the free maps msft