Brand new Halo 3 map coming out this Monday for free

July 7th is Bungie Day and just like years past, Bungie is giving away some free stuff! Starting next Monday, Cold Storage, the remake of the Halo 1 map Chill Out, will be available for download for free. The ViDOC above shows some of the Bungie team exploring the new map and detail some of the tweaks they’ve made to the map.

That’s not all! Bungie Day also brings with it seven new gamer pics and an Xbox 360 dashboard theme, all for free. The Legendary Map Pack shall be receiving a price drop from 800 Microsoft points to 600 points as well. 

This is great and all, but I really want a remake of Damnation. That, or Team Snipers to be put into the play list already. Otherwise, I’ve been getting really bored of Halo 3 lately. Who’s in for a Monday Night Fights for the new map?

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 New screenshots of Cold Storage can also be downloaded on the site:,

Hamza Aziz