Greetings, fellow Halopedians. As most of you know, I recently released a blog about my Sandbox theories and ideas. Now, with the Mythic map pack on its way in less than two weeks, I have decided to write a blog about what we now know about Sandbox, based on the colorful information Bungie has released about this glorious Forge paradise.
As stated above, Sandbox will be the ultimate Forge paradise. As announced by Bungie, Sandbox will have three levels.
The ground level will feature a Sandtrap like desert at night with a crescent moon in the sky. There will be a watchtower that will use its weapons to seek and destroy any player or forge item that strays outside of the level limits. In the middle of the map, there are numerous small Forerunner structures which will be fully removable; like Foundry, every single item on this map will be deletable. However, Bungie has stated that since deleting the default objects gains no money, it would be a better idea not to canvas the map and to simply shove all of the default items aside when you begin making your map. That way, after your Budget is gone, you can still use or delete the default items at your leisure.
The ground floor should be used for vehiclular combat, based on its flat surfaces and wide open areas. Even with this information, you may not be convinced that Sandbox will be so great after all. However, though it may look boring on the outside, it's what's on the inside that counts.
In the middle of the ground floor area is a shaft with a structure on top of it. Delete the structure, drop down, and it'll lead to an underground Crypt the size of Foundry. The Crypt is a large, enclosed area located under Sandbox. As previously noted, it can be accessed by removing the structure in the center of the map and dropping down the shaft. The area of the crypt is on the same scale as the main area of Foundry; it is suitable for Grifball without any forging. The floor is square-shaped and the height is the same as the width. The blue grid also appears down in the crypt. If you are terrified of underground areas, are claustrophobic, or are just tired of the Crypt, there is yet another level of Sandbox to forge; this one high above the desert sands.
This area is called the Sky Bubble. The Sky Bubble is essentially an area in Sandbox that can be reached via a teleporter, so you can play on both the normal map and the Sky Bubble at the same time. It is located high above Sandbox's ground level, and has a simple grid system to help line up objects. The sky bubble is completely flat, and based on screenshots, it appears to be larger than the ground area of the middle level of Sandbox. If the player falls off the edge of the sky bubble, there is a death barrier, so maps like Guardian and Ascension could be accurately remade. If you want an excellent Sniper Tower, make it in the Sky Bubble!
In regards to Forge, the center of the ground level is a flat, empty floor, similar to Foundry but visually resembling Sandtrap. The map is built from forge-editable blocks, pillars and ramps. The map is said to include "just about every kind of building block you could ever want", for example tunnels, crouch-only doorways and quarter-pyramids. The item limits have been loosened: for example, it is possible to place 40 walls. Sandbox supports every vehicle in Halo 3 multiplayer except the Elephant, including both Hornet variants.
A new Forge item is an orb of light that colors its surroundings in either red or blue; it can be used to differentiate the two bases, similar to most maps made by Bungie. Another is the "Kill Ball" that kills anyone who enters it; a total of four are placeable. Another new addition is a golf club and ball along with a cup to hit it in. Like the soccer ball, it is purely for ascetic purposes and in no way will score you a point. In Forge mode, a blue-grid appears on the map to help the player place objects the way they want it, with accuracy and precision.
The number indicates how many of the object are available, and the price indicates how much money the object will cost to place in the map.
I'm sure everyone is looking forward to Sandbox, and the other two Mythic Maps, Assembly and Orbital. There will be some impacts on Halopedia, such as people coming here looking for Sandbox variants to download, people making their own pages of Sandbox variants that they've found or made (which, as per Halopedia policy, must be deleted), and the general excitement over these new maps.
Here are some images of Sandbox from Bungie for everyone to enjoy!
- I will be adding more Sandbox images, so check back periodically!
- See Bungie.net for more detailed information.
- See also the Halopedia page Sandbox (and improve/edit it)!
- The Grid will not appear in-game, only in Forge.