Mythic Map Pack Coming to Marketplace
Posted by urk at 3/23/2009 11:56 AM PDT
The months of subtle hinting and sly dodging are over, the Mythic Map Pack is coming to the Xbox LIVE Marketplace on April 9th, 2009. 

For those who have stumbled into this story completely oblivious, here's the condensed version of what you can expect to get when you plunk down your hard-earned 800 Microsoft Points in exchange for this trio of maps:

"New spaces, new skulls, and new achievements for Halo 3's Multiplayer experience. Get tactical in Orbital, compete on the symmetrical Assembly, and construct your own creation with the Forger’s paradise, Sandbox, a blank slate offering players unprecedented levels of customization."

Speaking of unprecedented, on the heels of our One Billionth game played, we thought we'd dig into to some of the other Halo 3 stats we can track to put things into a little perspective, just prior to the Mythic Map Pack's public release.

Halo 3 launched back in September of 2007.  On April 9th, when the Mythic Map Pack becomes available, nearly twenty full months will have transpired.  We're not going to play coy, after the successes of both Halo and Halo 2, we knew Halo 3 was poised to see a ton of buzz and even more hours of gameplay, but we never knew it would still be going so strong, so many months after its launch. 

We're honored that you're still playing.

Here are a few Halo 3 factoids that we're really proud of:

  • Halo 3 is still averaging close to 900,000 unique players per day on Xbox LIVE, it routinely pushes over a million on weekends, and it's actually trending upwards.
  • The average Halo 3 player session clocks in at roughly one hour per play.
  • The Legendary Map Pack, released just about one year ago, still averages over five thousand downloads per day!
  • Both the Heroic Map Pack and Cold Storage are holding strong at over 11,000 downloads per day.
  • Halo 3 charted fifteenth overall in the NPD sales chart for February 2009, again, nearly twenty months out from our retail launch.
  • You're closing in on Ten BILLION Covenant Campaign kills all told (just under 9.8 billion currently).
  • Total Halo 3 Players Smashed by the Banhammer, for any reason, ever: 57,854.
  • Players rocking the New Hayabusa (aka Recon Armor): 452.

Some stats on your user-created content:

  • Total Content Items Downloaded : 1,467,453,346.
  • Total Uploaded: 70,699,248.
  • Screenshots currently available on 70,157,911.
  • Saved Films and Film Clips currently on 5,671,549 (for a total running time of 730,445,087 seconds).
  • Game Variants currently available on 409,009.
  • Map Variants currently available on 1,384,343.

According to the data we receive from Xbox LIVE:

  • Close to 15 million people have played Halo 3, Launch-to-Date.
  • Over 2 million players have completed the campaign on Legendary Difficulty.
  • Over 9 million players have Graduated from Basic Training in Matchmaking.
  • Over 6.8 million players have earned the MVP Award in a Ranked Playlist.
  • Just over a quarter-million people have earned their Annual Achievement so far (what are you waiting for?! The ROAD TO RECON is open for all.  Get on it!).
  • A total of nearly 200 MILLION Achievements have been unlocked in Halo 3.

For the full spate of coverage, you can check out all the the blog posts and Top Stories organized under the Mythic Map Pack label.  If you fancy yourself more of a visually oriented person, we've got dozens of Mythic Map Pack Screenshots in our official Halo 3 Gallery.

We know the Mythic Map Pack has been a long time coming.  We can't wait for you to drop in and get some game time logged on our three new spaces.  We'd also like to stress, as always, that we couldn't have done it without you, the player.  Thanks for taking our games and making them you're own.  You kick ass.  We can't wait to see what you do with Sandbox.  And we can't wait for you to see what else we have in store for 2009 and beyond.

Thanks for playing.

P.S. Our great friends over at HBO are getting in on the Mythic Map Pack act, asking those who've already been given an early screening to return the favor and produce their own short trailer for the maps.  If you want to try your hand, follow the link below, read the instructions, and fire up your capture cards.  We'll be watching.

HBO Mythic Movie Contest
Mythic 2 Map Pack Coming to Marketplace 

Posted by urk at 1/20/2010 10:09 AM PST

Still waiting for the second half of the Mythic Map Pack?

Your wait will be over soon.  As of February 2nd, Heretic, Citadel, and Longshore will be available as a standalone map pack via Xbox LIVE Marketplace.  Read on for more details.

"Microsoft has announced that the Mythic 2 Map Pack, previously only available on the Halo 3: ODST multiplayer disc, will be released on Xbox LIVE on February 2, 2010.

The release of the Mythic 2 Map Pack brings the total number of Halo 3 multiplayer maps to 24.

  • Heretic brings players to familiar ground as the Halo 2 arena Midship returns in Halo 3. The stark interior of the Pious Inquisitor might appear austere on first glance, but Heretic's symmetrical spaces require players to execute complex strategies in order to outplay their opponents.
  • Citadel may be a long abandoned Forerunner stronghold, but its small, symmetrical confines are far from secure. Two opposing bases offer little safety for players looking for solace. Instead, Citadel forces small squads to stay in constant communication, keep their heads on a swivel, and be prepared to adjust combat tactics in close quarters.
  • Longshore lacks the commercial ships that once made it a lucrative port for Old Mombasa, but it still bustles with activity. Designed for large-scale combat and well-suited for smaller affairs, Longshore’s multitude of industrial buildings, elevated walks, and open inlets conspire to create a complex battleground tailored for multiple combat scenarios.

Mythic 2 Map Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE for 800 Microsoft Points.

Additionally, Halo fans can contribute to Bungie’s relief efforts for Haiti by participating in the "Be a Hero" campaign on Xbox LIVE. For every 1,000 people that wear a red heart emblem and play Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST online today or tomorrow, Bungie will donate $100 to Red Cross, up to $77,000."

HBO's Mythamanjaro 

Posted by urk at 8/3/2009 9:06 AM PDT

Got Mythic?

If not, Domino Theory and HBO are looking to hook you up.  Nice guys, eh?  All you gotta do is fill out a brief form (don't worry, it's safe) and make sure you play by the rules.

Mythamanjaro - HBO Mythic Map Pack Code Giveaway

PlanetXbox360's Mythic Map Pack Giveaway 

Posted by urk at 7/27/2009 10:19 AM PDT

Register and reply and you could win a prize.

The good folks over at PlanetXbox360 want to make you an offer.  They've got Mythic Map Packs and you have a keyboard.  Use it to register for their forums, make a reply in the correct thread, and wait to see if they pluck your name from the hat for a free Mythic Map Pack.  Easy, eh?

PlanetXbox360 Giveaway: Halo 3 "Mythic Map Pack" Codes

Reclaimer 182 - The Mother of Invention 

Posted by urk at 5/6/2009 9:14 AM PDT

A patchwork plan.

Reclaimer needs access to the UNSC datanets, but first some repairs are in order.  And of course, it's not as simple as just plugging some stuff in or turning a bolt.  That would be far too easy.

Reclaimer 182 - The Mother of Invention

'Mythic Recon' Screenshot Contest Over 

Posted by urk at 5/4/2009 9:42 AM PDT

Stop your screenshots.

If you submitted a screenshot for the Mythic Recon screenshot contest, sit tight.  We're going to pour through the pile this week, pluck out some winners, and notify them via PM.  Since there were so many participants, please exercise some patience.  We're looking at having our selections made and the winners notified by Friday.

In the meantime, please hold off on PMing us for details.  We won't have any.  You'll just be delaying the process and probably ruling yourself out from consideration.


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