ODST’s multiplayer maps released on Live next month

The Halo 3 multiplayer maps previously only available on the Halo 3: ODST disc will hit Xbox Live early next month, Microsoft has announced. The three maps — Heretic, Citadel, Longshore (descriptions below) — go under the collective name of Mythic 2 Map Pack and will show up on Live on February 2, for 800 Microsoft Points, and push the complete multiplayer map count for the 2,5-year-old game to 24.

The announcement also reminds that for every 1,000 people who wear a red heart emblem in either Halo 3 or Halo 3: ODST‘s online matches, Bungie will donate $100 (up to $77,000) to Red Cross to assist with the on-going recovery efforts.

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.