What we heard: Last week, Microsoft announced that a new Halo: Reach map pack would be arriving "very soon," but it did not offer further comment on the matter. Now, it appears the content's cover has been blown.
French Halo fan site Halo Destiny posted several low-resolution images of what looks to be the follow-up to the Noble Map Pack, which was released in late November. According to the site (via Joystiq since the site removed its information and images at the request of Microsoft) the Defiant Map Pack will include three new multiplayer environments: Condemned, Unearthed, and Highlands.
According to Joystiq, Condemned takes place on a human ship, Unearthed is a more spacious environment, and Highlands sports a massive Covenant ship in the backdrop seen laying waste to something with its purple beam.
The images remain available as of publishing on the Halo Destiny Flickr account. They include shots of the above maps, as well as images of the maps as seen in the game's menus. The Highlands environment is referred to as Training Preserve on the photo site.
The official story: A Microsoft representative told GameSpot "We can confirm there will be additional downloadable content for Halo: Reach in the future; however, we have nothing to announce at this time."
Bogus or not bogus?: Certainly not bogus that there will be another map pack in Halo: Reach's future, as Microsoft has confirmed its existence. Also, the purported screenshots certainly are emblematic of other Halo environments.