Halo 4 rejected map pitches

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During the development of Halo 4, company Digital Extremes was contracted by 343 Industries to help with the production of the game's DLC map packs. A number of map ideas and concepts were pitched to 343 but went unused, and have since been released online.

Known map concepts[edit]


"Arrowhead" was one map concepted, and evidently would have taken place in or around a UNSC facility embedded in a cliffside, though no other details are known.[1]

Covenant underwater technology[edit]

This map was designed to focus on underwater Covenant technology.[2]


Identified in a series of concept art uploads all titled genessis, this map has a similar theme to the release map Vortex, set in a crashed Forerunner ship in a desert wasteland, turned into a makeshift base by the UNSC. In the distance, a Forerunner Keyship can be seen.[3] It is unknown if this pitch has any relation to the planet Genesis featured in Halo 5: Guardians.

Last Resort remake[edit]

Main article: Last Resort

One map concept shown involves a paintover of the sniper tower area of the Halo 3 map Last Resort. Its filename, lastr-paintover, suggests it was intended to be a Last Resort remake.[4] Notably, the map was later realised in Halo 2: Anniversary's multiplayer as Stonetown.

Narrows remake[edit]

Main article: Narrows

One concept pitched to 343[5] involved a remake of the Halo 3 multiplayer map Narrows, redressed in a human architectural aesthetic.[6][7][8]

ONI Bog[edit]

Concept art for the map suggests it would have had a similar theme and tone to the map Abandon, though it is unknown if the two maps are one and the same, or simply similar.[9][10][11][12]

Other DLC map concepts[edit]

Some callout sheets for individual map props have been posted online, of which tie to no particular known map.


  1. ^ Artstation, HALO - Arrowhead
  2. ^ Artstation, Halo 4 - Aquatic Covenant: "Random vis dev experiments for potential Halo 4 DLC environments. Toyed around with some ideas for undersea Covenant vessels. Ultimately unused, but sure was fun!"
  3. ^ Artstation, Halo 4
  4. ^ Artstation, Halo 4 - DLC
  5. ^ Deviant Art, Halo 4: DLC Bridge Lower Level Concept: "This only went as far as a pitch to 343."
  6. ^ ArtStation, HALO - Narrows reimagined structural studies: "Narrows (a HALO 3 favourite) reimagined for an unfortunately unrealized HALO 4 multiplayer DLC."
  7. ^ ArtStation, HALO - Narrows reimagined under-pass
  8. ^ ArtStation, HALO - Narrows reimagined hangar interior
  9. ^ ArtStation, HALO 4 - Oni Bog
  10. ^ ArtStation, HALO 4 - Oni Bog 02
  11. ^ ArtStation, HALO 4 - Oni Bog Structure Studies
  12. ^ Video Games Artwork, The Bog