‘Tis the season for big, AAA game developers to admit they were wrong and attempt to garner favour by giving you free stuff. Ubisoft just did this thanks to the buggy mess that is Assassin’s Creed Unity, and now it’s Microsoft and 343 Industries’ turn to make good on the Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Those of you who have been playing The Master Chief Collection will know that multiplayer matchmaking has been a big problem. There have been weekly updates and fixes that have tried to address this, but the damage to the Halo brand is clearly something that Microsoft wants to rectify. That or they’re trying to avoid a class-action lawsuit, like Ubisoft is with Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Whatever the case may be, those of you who have been plyaing The Master Chief Collection between 11 November 2014 and 19 December 2014, are getting free stuff. That free stuff is varied, but the best part is you’ll be getting an updated and remastered version of Halo 3: ODST, which, in my very humble opinion, is the best Halo of them all.
It’s just the campaign you’ll be getting, so don’t expect multiplayer or anything, but still! Halo 3: ODST – that’s really neat. In addition to that, you’ll also be getting a month of free Xbox LIVE Gold membership (assumedly to make up for the month of lost game time you’ve spent waiting in multiplayer lobbies), a free in-game avatar and an in-gamer nameplate. Both of those lost two items are super-duper-exclusive and will not be made available ever again in the history of mankind and the universe. So there’s that.
If you want to read the whole letter of “OMG we messed up so hard and we’re sorry please take us back” that 343 Industries has written, then you can head over here. No timing on that ODST remastered version; it sounds like it could be a while. If you don’t fall into the required dates for this free loot we’re sorry loot, then know that Microsoft and 343 are looking into ways for people to get (read: purchase) the ODST content as well.