Bungie celebrates fans and rewards players with a new free Multi-Player Map, Gamer Pics, dashboard theme, and Legendary Map Pack price drop. July 7th, 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 Multi-Player Map Cold Storage, as well as new Gamer Pics and a Bungie Day Xbox360 dashboard theme, all for free on XboxLIVE! Marketplace. The Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack will also drop in price to 600 Microsoft Points in honour 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 Multi-Player 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 centre. 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 seven exclusive new Gamer Pics and a Bungie Day dashboard theme for free on XboxLIVE! Marketplace. Fans will need to be sure they download these on 7/7, because they will be available for one day only.