Representatives from Microsoft and Bungie have announced the release of the 'Halo 2
Blastacular Map Pack,' two multiplayer maps from the original Halo
newly recreated for Halo 2
on the Xbox and Xbox 360.
Developed by Bungie and Certain Affinity, the new maps, chosen to recreate multiplayer fan favorites from the original Halo
, include “Tombstone”, a recreation of Halo multiplayer classic “Hang ’Em High,” and “Desolation”, a remake of the original “Derelict.”
Microsoft has said that the maps are a “way to thank fans” for the “more than 800 million hours” spent playing Halo
and Halo 2
over Xbox Live. It has also noted a few caveats about the content, most importantly that since the content is an original Xbox download, the data is tied to the hardware itself, and not a GamerTag as with the usual Xbox Live content.
Therefore, players with both an Xbox and Xbox 360 should think ahead as to which console they'll likely be playing the game on - since the maps can only be downloaded once per system, it's noted.
The pair of maps, now accessible from the Halo 2
in-game content downloader for both Xbox and Xbox 360, are available for $4.