Announcing the Halo 4 War Games Pass

Halo 4343 Industries has announced the ‘Halo 4’ War Games Pass.

Here are the details from the press release that just went out:

 

 

 

 

With the highly anticipated launch of “Halo 4” on Nov. 6 less than two weeks away, Microsoft and 343 Industries today unveiled that there will be more content to come in the months post-launch, and the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass is your ticket to getting it all at a 15 percent discount. Stoking the excitement for launch, 343 Industries also premiered the gameplay launch trailer for “Halo 4, available now on Halo Waypoint.

Retailing for $24.99 USD2 (2,000 Microsoft Points), the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass confirms your access to three War Games map packs as they become available in December, February and April, and represents a savings of more than 15 percent versus purchasing the packs individually. In addition, Map Pass purchasers will receive two bonus in-game helmets, as well as a unique in-game emblem.

 
   

Exploring new worlds and wonders, all three Map Packs provide classic “Halo” combat and exciting ways to experience the new feature-set of “Halo” Infinity Multiplayer. Descriptions and tentative release dates are as follows:

Crimson Map Pack (December release timeframe)

Maps: Wreckage, Harvest, Shatter

Description: Witness the chaos of a clash of civilizations in Wreckage, with its blend of claustrophobic spaces and dangerous exposures and venture into the human colony environs of Harvest, and explore a human foray on an alien moon in Shatter.

Majestic Map Pack (February release timeframe)

Maps: Landfall, Monolith, Skyline

Description: Landfall’s emphasis is on infantry battles against a glittering ocean on a distant world, while Monolith exposes you to the naked vacuum of space – and the firepower of opposing teams, and Skyline’s distinctly industrial feel provides new challenges in somewhat familiar, but occasionally confined spaces.

Castle Map Pack (April release timeframe)

Maps: Daybreak, Outcast, Perdition

Description: Daybreak is set in a military facility against the backdrop of an idyllic mountain range, while Outcast plunges you into the warrens, canyons and arches of an alien edifice, and Perdition takes players into the heart of an urban sprawl, with tactical speed and situational awareness its key features.

Also included in the “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass are two unique in-game helmets (‘Scanner’ and ‘Strider’) that feature new geometry, and an exclusive in-game emblem (‘Falcon’). The “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass is included as part of the Halo 4 Limited Edition.

Update: I’ve uploaded some concept art to my Skydrive

Comments

  • mcmax3000

    I kind of expected something like this was coming since I knew there were three map packs included with the Collector’s Edition.

    I find it interesting that the news lists the price in dollars, which isn’t something I normally see in Xbox news from Microsoft. They normally stick to just Microsoft Points.

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    • http://twitter.com/spikymetal James Rivard

      That’s because MS is phasing out MSP. It’s old news.

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      • mcmax3000

        It’s an old rumour. I wouldn’t call it news yet, since it’s never been confirmed by MS.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        No MSP is staying but on Windows 8 platform devices you can use real cash value transactions, MSP is staying on Xbox

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    • http://www.facebook.com/robb.bagalayos Robb Bagalayos

      it says “retailing for $24.99 USD (2,000 Microsoft Points)”

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      • mcmax3000

        Yeah. That was my point. Normally they only list a price in Microsoft points. They almost never list the actual dollar value with it.

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      • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

        It’s better that way. There is no sense Microsoft has it own currency. It need to use normal currencies, like everyone else.

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      • mcmax3000

        I both like, and dislike Microsoft Points. On one hand, it’s nice to have a single currency price for every region, but on the other hand, if they were to drop MS points, I’d probably start saving money, because they never adjusted MS Points here in Canada when our dollar became even with the US, so Marketplace items are still more expensive here than they should be.

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      well because on Windows 8 Platforms from Friday you will be able to purchase content using real currency value but on Xbox you will still use MSP, so they give both prices now

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  • http://www.facebook.com/david.f.brunton David Fletcher Brunton

    Will LE purchasers get the helmets and emblems too?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/franubis.fur FrAnubis Fur

      No, it has been confirmed by bs angel, sorry… only the maps.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8836135 Vineet Dhiman

        Would still like to get an official statement from someone at Microsoft…whether its through Major Nelson or another place.

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      • mcmax3000

        The person he’s saying confirmed it does work for Microsoft. She works for 343.

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      • http://www.facebook.com/bernardo.camposalvarez.7 Bernardo Campos-Alvarez

        Well now your wrong.

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    • Polerand

      Would love to get an answer to this that contradicts bs angel saying they are separate and distinct.

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    • http://www.facebook.com/irwin.guevara Irwin Guevara

      I wanna know if the armor and emblem that comes with the LE is the same as the ones you get by buying the Map Pass separately.

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    • http://twitter.com/Dorwrath Ω Jalil Purtow Ω

      You will still unlock the maps the others get as you play. They just get them straight off the bat. Besides I’m planning to finish Legendary first and will get Mark 6 for doing it. All the other helmets suck anyway lol

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  • http://www.paradigm-softworks.com/ Paradigm Softworks

    But don’t we get less stuff with the LE version of the pass?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/robb.bagalayos Robb Bagalayos

    it says the LE console bundle includes the War Games Map Pass but doesn’t the LE game include the War Games Map Pass too?

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      Yes the HALO 4 LE game will come with the War Games Pass as well, but up to now its not clear if it will come with the 2 in game helmets or the emblem that buying the stand alone pass will give you, hopefully the Major can confirm this for us or not

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      • http://www.facebook.com/robb.bagalayos Robb Bagalayos

        yeah, I just thought it was odd that they mentioned the console bundle but not the LE game. Maybe because it can’t be preordered anymore?

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        Not sure, could just be a typo…hopefully the major has read our posts and is trying to clarify for us

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  • http://twitter.com/Jaystaffo Jay Stafford

    3 map packs? The game isnt even out yet

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      neither are the Map packs thats why its called DLC

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    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      MS hates us.

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  • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

    Can it be confirmed if or not, that the War Games Pass in the LE will also come with the 2 in game helmets and emblem as the Stand alone purchased Pass will come with please?

    And if not, then why not if its essentially the same pass?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Melton/574790934 Steve Melton

    Any word on whether any of those nine will be Forge-tastic? That’s a big sale/no-sale point for me, and probably several other people, too.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dane-Miller/500337604 Dane Miller

    HAHA they can already give us the name and a description of the maps… Which means they are already done and just being witheld so they can make more money. Gamers please stop buying these DLC’s. Speak with your wallet.

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    • mcmax3000

      How does it mean that it’s already done?

      Telling you that a map is going to be set in a military facility doesn’t equal a completed multiplayer map.

      I imagine the first map pack is probably pretty close to being done though if it’s going to be out in December.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        Boycotting DLC wont bring down prices or change the nature of DLC releases….people set the prices and schedules when they rushed out to buy MW2 DLC…the damage has been done, all you can do is either buy it or not but its your own personal choice

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      • mcmax3000

        I think the schedule, the announcing of DLC before, or around launch, and season passes has more to do with the used games market.

        They know that, for most games, they have a short window of opportunity to get people to stay invested for the long haul, before they finish the game, and trade it in while it’s still worth something.

        So, they plan at least the first DLC to be out quickly, they announce it prior to launch, and they offer the season pass up front in hopes that it will convince people to keep the game long enough to see that new content (which they’ll be more likely to do if they have already pre-paid for it with the season pass… And they’ll be more likely to buy the season pass while they’re still really into the game up front, instead of a couple of weeks later when they’ve moved onto something else), instead of trading it in.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        also for a season pass its good to know what your buying..who would pay 2000 msp without knowing whats in the pass lol

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      • mcmax3000

        Exactly. It’s a lot harder to get people to put out the money up front unless they have a good idea what they’re getting.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        Some people just want to have a moan because they want to have a moan, common sense doesnt really come into it, especially as DLC is a logic of “if you want it buy it if you dont you dont”

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  • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

    Damn! I bought the special edition of the game. Now they already want more money. That’s a perfect time to use the F word.

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      If your special edition is the LE version then that comes with the War Games Pass included

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      • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

        “The “Halo 4” War Games Map Pass is included as part of the Xbox 360 Limited Edition “Halo 4” Console Bundle” It will be in LE Console, no information about LE game.

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      • mcmax3000

        It’s in the LE game as well. It’s been listed as part of the LE game since the LE game was announced.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        look up the LE game on a retailer, its the first thing thats listed, the LE version of the game comes with the War Games Pass, trust me my friend

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      • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

        I see. So, don’t trying to cancel anymore.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        nope cos if you have pre-ordered LE game the pass is included

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  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.brunell Tom Brunell

    Oh, it’s included with the Console Bundle? Even better

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  • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

    trying to cancel the pre-order now.

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    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      Thanks to @twitter-230783563:disqus, Not canceling anymore.

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  • http://twitter.com/sir_PING1 Ryan Graham

    The last sentence is wrong I believe. 343i said that the map pass in the LE was different than the one available on the marketplace. The LE one didn’t include helmets or an emblem. Plus I don’t think the Halo 4 console ever included the map pass.

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      This is the first I have read that the LE console comes with the Pass as well….and I am also hoping that The Major can confirm if the Pass is the same for all bundles it comes with as the stand alone purchased one with the extra items or not, but so far no reply

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tiso.spencer Tiso Spencer

    Wait, the Map Pack Pass is also included with the system purchase as well as the Limited Edition of the Game? But to clarify, do we get the extra helmets, etc with the LE/System Map Pass? Is it the same exact pass?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.long.5623 Joshua Long

    SOLD!!! I mean come on you are talking about a man that already has 2 full cases of Mountain Dew Game Fuel stocked in a mini-fridge that literally sits only an arms length away as I type on my Halo Reach Collector’s Edition 360 Controller…hmmm you know maybe an arms length may be too far away.

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  • Sadknee Clausebee

    The War Games Pass doesn’t come with the console according to retailers. I think he meant to say the limited edition version of the game.

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  • http://twitter.com/maurizio12 Mauricio Romo

    didn’t ign do an unboxing of halo 4 console? all that came with it were the controllers and the console. no other contents were found. i’m pretty sure that the LE ($100) is the only one that comes with the pass.if the console bundle includes the pass i will be pretty angry ’cause that is giving to much to the buyer for $400.

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    • http://twitter.com/eragon360 eragon360

      Are u kidding me?? It is a 7 year old console… To sell units they need to bundle as much as they can to entice buyers. They should have even given the LE copy with the bundle to be honest…

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  • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

    Getting mixed messages now, we need some clarification. The additional items of 2 ingame helmets and emblem that comes with the Stand alone purchased War Games Pass, does this mean that the War Games Pass included in the LE version of the game also comes with these items as @halowaypoint has indicated otherwise

    Also, up to now, the LE console has not come with the War Games Pass so has this now changed or is it a typo error and the console should have read LE version of game?

    Major please clarify because its possible the information you have shared is incorrect or the information before now we have had from HALO Waypoint has been wrong

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  • http://twitter.com/BurntDave BurntDave

    am i the only one who gets bothered seeing DLC listed even prior to a games release?
    i thought it was ‘added content’, not ‘stuff we already have we’d rather sell you later’
    hate how this is so accepted, and OK. 😦

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    • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

      yes….its called planning and lets be honest, we are talking map packs not full on Story driven or Expansion pack level DLC here, its not that much of a stretch to know they have planned out MP Map packs during the games development

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    • mcmax3000

      As I said above, knowing what the names, and general settings are for the maps doesn’t mean they’re completed.

      If they were showing us detailed video walkthroughs of the maps, that would bother me. Having a baseline idea as to what they’re going to be working on for the next six months doesn’t bother me at all.

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    • QuixoticRocket

      They plan this stuff in advance but only start working on it after the game has gone for certification. At that point they can’t add new code to the game (otherwise it requires recertification) so it becomes dlc. It _is_ added content and not stuff they already did for the game.
      But ultimately you vote with your $s. If you really hate this practice then don’t buy the game or the dlc to show how you won’t support it.

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  • http://twitter.com/Harley_Richards Harley Richards

    Whats the point of having the limited edition if there just going to let everyone have nearly the same/new in game content as the more expensive version which people will have payed more for?

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    • http://twitter.com/Harley_Richards Harley Richards

      Just to be clear im talking about the added Emblems and helmets included the marketplace Season Pass that are not included with the limited edition season pass. Just seems that people like myself who payed more for limited copy of the game are getting kinda screwed!

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        I do agree that those who went the extra mile and getting the LE version of the game should get the “Full” War Games Pass and not a lesser version removing the additional items

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  • http://twitter.com/MykeJayy Michael J

    “represents a savings of more than 15 percent versus purchasing the packs individually”

    So about 16% then? why not at least 25%?

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  • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

    Lack of response as ever….not impressed

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  • http://twitter.com/eragon360 eragon360

    Major Nelson can you please do a podcast or Q&A to clarify what EXACTLY we get with each copy of the game/bundle… I think there is a lot of confusion right now as to what helmets/emblems/map packs are included in each edition. Thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

    In addition, map pack purchasers will receive content that’s locked on the disc you paid for! 2 helmets and an emblem. Wow.

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    • http://twitter.com/paulopinheiro__ Paulo Pinheiro

      If that is true. It is illegal.

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      • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

        It’s true. If it wasn’t on the disc you wouldn’t be able to play with anyone else who doesn’t have the helmet due to compatibility issues. Just like all the emblems/helmets w.e you get with the console and LE game. All locked on disc. It’s makes people think they are getting something extra, when in reality, they already have it, but MS has locked it away. As if ads on gold members dboard weren’t enough.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        oh stop crying, locked on disc or not, its still determined as extra content…so get over it and either buy it or not, but dont whine like a child

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      • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

        So what does it feel like to be bent over by publishers? You know, paying for stuff you already have technically bought. You obviously have no idea what the word “extra” means. It’s not extra if you already have it. And shard, yes they could release a compatibility patch if it’s not on Disc. But, if there’s no day one patch, then it’s obviously disc locked.

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      • http://twitter.com/CockneyCharmer Sean T

        well lets see…cost of me buying the LE version = £0….so I am getting it all for free anyway, man life is good isnt it?

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      • http://shardsofinfinity.wordpress.com/ Shard

        You know they can release a patch for that, right? It doesn’t HAVE to be on-disc.

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  • Ryan

    I wish the release dates were a little more spaced out. The 3rd pack’s gonna be out in April? So all the maps are going to be out in a 5 month period, whereas they could have stretched it a little bit and have the 3rd one out in May/June and the first one in January.

    Oh well, now I have to split time between the first map pack and Aftermath (I think that’s the name) for BF3, which also comes out in December

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  • Guest

    On twitter, I received received feedback from MS: Well those are extra map packs for multiplayer, you won’t need them to get a full experience out of Halo 4

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    • http://twitter.com/GreenMistt Miller

      Not at first, but eventually you will. They’ll do what they did with Halo 3. Restrict 90% of the playlists unless you buy all DLC.

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      • JakobWester

        They need to find some middle ground here, because in Reach no one plays the awesome DLC-maps in public Matchmaking😦

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      • mcmax3000

        That’s very true. I grabbed the Reach map packs a while ago when they were on sale, because I had been playing quite a bit at the time, and I have never once played one of those maps, or even seen it come up for voting.

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