Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is bringing several remade classic maps with it, and now you can finally take a look at them. Here are Battle Creek, Penance, Ridgeline, Solitary, and Installation 04 in video form, ready for you to gawk at. Check out the video below which features multiplayer gameplay from each of these maps, and then head beyond the break to find out what 343 Industries has to say about the remade HD versions of the classics.
- BATTLE CREEK – The classic Halo 2 multiplayer map Beaver Creek returns, tracing its roots back all the way to Halo: Combat Evolved’s legendary Battle Creek. The rocky warrens of this part of Halo provide the ideal environment for an array of impressive telemetry clusters. These spires’ synchronization conduits ensure that the ring’s translocation grid is always fully operational. Battle Creek’s symmetrical bases in a small, creek-fed canyon are excellent for both free-for-all and team-based game types. (2 - 8 players)
- PENANCE – A fan favorite multiplayer battleground from Halo: Combat Evolved, Damnation is impressively brought back to life with amazing detail as Penance. As the primary satellite of the Unggoy home world, Buwan provides the perfect environment for this massive Covenant hydro-facility used to power and refuel a variety of capital ships. Though still operational via automated subsystems, the station was abandoned shortly after the breaking of the Covenant. Penance is an asymmetrical, multi-tiered complex, replete with long lines of sight and tightly-crafted choke points. (2 - 8 players)
- RIDGELINE – Ridgeline is Halo: Anniversary’s beautifully reimagined Timberland multiplayer map from Halo: Combat Evolved on the PC, set in the classically alpine environment so familiar to Halo. Once serving as a watch point for the immense relay complex below, the monitoring outposts nestled atop this ridge became a staging ground for human forces during their time on Installation 04. Toward the end of the conflict, a Covenant assault brought the marines here to a tragic end. Ridgeline is a tree-covered valley, sporting undulating hills, surging rivers, and a terrain perfect for large-scale vehicle mayhem. (8 - 16 players)
- SOLITARY –The return of Halo: Combat Evolved’s Prisoner as Solitary delivers a claustrophobic and frenetic multiplayer experience now elaborately recreated for Halo: Anniversary. These spinning confinement platforms are a testament to the technological prowess of the Forerunners. In the event of a security breach, the facility’s suborbital location and frigid temperature were thought to be able to keep any threat at bay, but it appears those plans were… optimistic. Solitary is a multi-level facility, with tightly-woven corridors and many bridges and ramps, perfect for the chaos of close-range combat. (2 - 8 players)
- INSTALLATION 04 – Installation 04 brings fans back to one of the most iconic environments in Halo’s history, the base of an enormous Forerunner spire from Halo: Combat Evolved’s campaign mission Halo, now stunningly returning in Halo: Anniversary’s Firefight mode. Set on one of the many cliff sides of Alpha Halo, this beacon served as a rendezvous point for survivors of the Covenant attack on the UNSC Pillar of Autumn. These survivors, including the legendary Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, were forced to stave off numerous Covenant attacks until rescue finally came. Installation 04 is a familiar precipice studded with ancient Forerunner structures which make a perfect defensive position against an invading alien enemy and marks the first Firefight experience to include ally AI players who will defend the installation alongside you. (1 - 4 players)