Microsoft to give 'Halo 3: ODST' free to 'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' players


May 4, 2013
Microsoft-owned developer 343 Industries is still attempting to fix many of the problems that have plagued "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" since it launched last month, and now it's announced plans to give those who played the compilation a free game to make up for the issues.

In a letter published on Xbox Wire which can be seen below, Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, wrote that the studio has been "working around the clock" to alleviate multiplayer matchmaking problems and other bugs, having released weekly updates to the game. To apologize for the issues, Ross said those who played the game at any point since its Nov. 11 launch to Dec. 19 will receive a free month of Xbox Live, an in-game nameplate, an in-game avatar, a remastered version of the "Halo 2" map Relic and a remastered copy of "Halo 3: ODST" when it's released.

Release dates for the latter two gifts have yet to be announced, though Ross wrote that work on remaking "Halo 3: ODST" for Xbox One "has just started." Both it and "Relic" will run in 1080p at 60 frames per second when they're released, Ross announced.

With the announcement of "Halo 3: ODST" coming to "Halo: The Master Chief Collection," the only first-person shooter entry in the franchise missing from the compilation will be "Halo: Reach," which was original developer's Bungie final Halo game.

Last month, I promised the Halo and Xboxcommunity that addressing the matchmaking issues and other bugs impacting players’ experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection was our #1 priority. We’ve been working around the clock deploying weekly content updates and numerous server-side adjustments that have shown good results and we’re encouraged by the feedback we’re hearing from you. Another big hurdle was overcome when we added fan-favorite playlists, such as SWAT and Halo: CE, back to our matchmaking menu and we plan to add more soon. Next week, we’ll release a content update that will add all 10 episodes of the cooperative experience “Spartan Ops” for Halo 4, and will address other issues. I assure you that the team will continue to work on additional content updates to further improve the all-up gameplay experience.
This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xboxfans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items, for free, to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection online since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).*
  • 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
  • Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
  • Exclusive In-Game Avatar
* For specifics on eligibility and further details on the offer, visit the FAQ at: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Thank You FAQ | Blogs | Community | Halo - Official Site

Additionally, you’ve told us that you want more Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer map content and Halo 3: ODST on Xbox One. As a future bonus, we’re going to make these happen and give them to you for free. We are just now starting work with our partners to bring both to Halo: The Master Chief Collection and will share more specific details on timing in the coming months. But for now, here’s what you can expect:

  • Halo 3: ODST CampaignDevelopment has just started on the campaign for Halo 3: ODST, which will be available within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and upgraded to 1080p resolution, running at 60fps. It will be available for free to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).* Thanks to our friends at Bungie for creating the original “Halo 3: ODST” campaign.
  • “Relic” Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map Available via a free content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we will reimagine the fan-favorite map “Relic,” fully remastered and running at 1080p resolution and 60fps. We chose this map based on its suitability for Slayer and Objective modes and its ability to support teams of varying sizes. And you can trust that Certain Affinity will tune and tweak the map to make it even better than you remember.

The satisfaction and joy of our fans is absolutely critical to everyone at 343 Industries and we regret the issues and the frustration you have endured. We are truly sorry and thank you for your continued patience and support of the Halo franchise.

Sincerely,Bonnie RossHead of 343 Industries
Source: Xbox Wire