After more than a decade, Halo 3 is getting a new multiplayer map. 343 Industries is currently testing the map with a limited beta, although it’s expected to roll out to the public as early as February 18.
According to the latest Halo Waypoint blog post, the map isn’t technically new to the Halo universe. Dedicated fans will recognize it from the short-lived Halo Online – a multiplayer spin-off from Saber Interactive. However, a quick look at the maps available in the defunct title shows a tiny roster that doesn’t include anything like the new map coming to Halo 3 via The Master Chief Collection. Based on the screenshot’s URL, however, some folks believe it might be a canceled map for Halo Online called “Waterfall.”
Whatever the case, we hopefully don’t have to wait long before seeing it in action.
Beyond the new map, Halo: MCC will be getting a lot of new content in the coming days. 343 says the full list is likely to change, but here’s what it’s hoping to bring later this month:
- Custom Game Browser: a new way to play with each other in MCC
- Season 6 content
- A new map for Halo 3 from Halo Online
- FOV slider support for all Xbox One consoles
- FOV slider will no longer be locked when Xbox Series X|S devices are set to 120hz
- Double Keybindings
- Mouse & Keyboard support for consoles
- Advanced Audio options
- View Model Customization options
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is without a doubt the best way to experience the popular franchise in 2021. Many people were hoping to be playing Infinite right now, but the constant updates to MCC are a nice consolation prize. It’ll be interesting to see how the player base fluctuates when Infinite is released, as we have to imagine a large portion of MCC players will abandon the game for its shiny new cousin.
The rumored Waterfall map will likely make an appearance in Halo: MCC on February 18.
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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.
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