Microsoft’s just put out a press releasing detailing everything gamers can expect to see from Bungie next Monday, or “Bungie Day” as July 7′s commonly known.
As previously reported, new Halo 3 map Cold Storage will be made available for free and the Legendary Map Pack will be dropped in price for a day, but additions include gamer pics and a dashboard theme.
There’s also a hint that something bigger may be on the way, with Microsoft mentioning that a “surprise” is traditional for the event.
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Bungie Day marks release of new Halo 3 map and other goodies on 7/7
Bungie celebrates fans and rewards players with a new free multiplayer map, gamer pics, dashboard theme, and Legendary Map Pack price drop
July 7, or 7/7, has long been heralded as “Bungie Day” among “Halo” players and fans of the renowned developer. This year, Bungie is celebrating this day with the release of new multiplayer map Cold Storage, as well as new gamer pics and a Bungie Day Xbox 360 dashboard theme, all for free on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The “Halo 3” Legendary Map Pack will also drop in price to 600 Microsoft points in honor of the occasion.
The tradition of Bungie Day was born in part due to the significance the number 7 has played in all of Bungie’s games over the years, including the “Halo” series (7 Halo rings, Master Chief is Spartan 117, etc.), and each year the developer makes a point to use this date to treat fans to something special – usually new content, a free download or other surprise.
This year marks the best “Bungie Day” yet, as eight million plus “Halo 3” players can now download Cold Storage, a free new multiplayer map inspired by the original map Chill Out found in “Halo: Combat Evolved.” The Cold Storage facility was once a vibrant, active research center on Installation 05. An accidental contamination resulted in an unforeseen outbreak, which compromised the Forerunner center. Now, emptied and silent, watched only by a local caretaker, the abandoned structure serves as a reminder of how something as powerful as science is ultimately beholden to nature.
In addition to the new map, players will be able to download 7 exclusive new gamerpics and a Bungie Day dashboard theme for free on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Fans will need to be sure they download these on 7/7, because they will be available for one day only.
For additional details on Bungie day, be sure to visit www.bungie.net. New screenshots of Cold Storage can also be downloaded on the site: http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/asset_popup_viewer.aspx?at=59&cc=21&item=0, http://www.bungie.net/projects/halo3/asset_popup_viewer.aspx?at=59&cc=21&item=1