The Halo 3 multiplayer experience is about to get even better. After launching to incredible acclaim and fanaticism, Halo 3 players will be able to enjoy three all new multiplayer maps on December 11 as part of the Heroic Map Pack, the first in a series of downloadable content from Bungie Studios to come via Xbox Live.

Available for 800 Microsoft Points exclusively on Xbox Live Marketplace, each map presents a totally different play style.
Standoff
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Standoff’s symmetrical valley, with its entrenched bases and fields of boulders is ideal for mid-sized objective and Slayer game types

Rat’s Nest
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while Rat’s Nest’s vast, labyrinthine passages bring something new to the Halo multiplayer experience: an indoor vehicle paradise, strongly influenced by the Campaign mode, ideal for big team battles.

Foundry
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Finally, Foundry is the ultimate Forge map â€" players can edit every single object in this voluminous industrial warehouse, place stairways, walls, bridges and tunnels to create an entirely new play space and build almost any kind of map they can think of.

All three maps will become available for free download via Xbox Live Marketplace in Spring 2008, just prior to the next wave of all new Halo 3 multiplayer maps.

As if the legions of Halo 3 players needed more reasons to stay logged on and fragging, the Forge also allows players to edit and customize all three maps, keeping Halo 3’s multiplayer experience fresh, exciting and evolving. In addition, ongoing updates to Halo 3’s matchmaking playlists ensure that ranked and social gameplay remains dynamic and competitive.