343 Industries Confirms New Halo 4 Multiplayer Map
343 Industries has no doubt been hard at work (or as they like to call it, “Super Crunch Time”) putting the final touches on Halo 4, the next title one of the most iconic franchises in gaming history. So much so, that they have said the Campaign is now playable from start to finish. This of course does not mean that working out various bugs or applying the final coat of polish has been applied, but it does mark a significant milestone for the team.
Turning the page to the multiplayer portion of the game, they have confirmed the latest map in the lineup for fans to feast their eyes on. Entitled ‘Longbow’, this map’s location is set in the northern regions of the planet Concord. The chilling ambiance combined with a unique twist on gravity provide for a favorable position for Longbow Station’s channel-based mass drivers. Prior to the Covenant War, the UEG would launch from this location to study various star systems. In describing their approach to the map, 343 team members had the following to say:
The goal of Longbow was to create a playspace that showcases one of our new (and unannounced) game modes. Early in development, we considered several options, including making it something like a big Arecibo-type telescope built into a valley.
We experimented with having extremes of Fire and Ice on opposite sides, but ultimately decided a glacier theme fit better with the spectrum of themes from other maps. The look and feel really took off from there to be distinctive and atmospheric.
No doubt we will be seeing more from the good folks at 343 Industries as we move closer and closer to the launch date. In the meantime, we can gaze upon these snow covered works of art. For more information on what the team is up to, make sure you check out their blog on Halo WayPoint!
Source: Halo WayPoint