Any individuals that purchased the Halo: The Master Chief Collection from the release date until now will get a free game as well as additional maps and in-game exclusives. 343 Industries is attempting to apologize to the fans for the problems within MCC by giving the gift of free content this holiday season.
Anyone that purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection before today will be eligible to download the Halo 3: ODST Campaign in its entirety, when it is ready in the spring. Additional gifts include one free month of Xbox Live Gold, a reworked version of the Halo 2 map “Relic,” an in-game nameplate and an in-game avatar. Despite the problems of the online functionality of the game at release, many have still enjoyed what the collection has to offer.
The month of Xbox Live Gold will likely come some time in January, either directly into players accounts or via redeemable token. The nameplate and avatar will arrive soon; before 2015. The classic map “Relic” will be remade and running at 1080p and 60fps, it will come in a free update for all players sometime in Spring of 2015. At the risk of contradicting the reward aspect of this exchange, 343 Industries also says that those that are not eligible may have other ways to acquire the Halo 3: ODST campaign in the future.
343 Industries has been aware that gamers have been experiencing problems, as they have been trying to fix them, it has been their “#1 priority.” Bonnie Ross, the head of 343 Industries, released a message on the halo waypoint website yesterday concerning the team’s efforts to make up for the initial online experience of MCC, he discusses the challenge of bringing SWAT back with the addition of Halo: CE. He also claims that next week a content pack will come with all ten episodes of “Spartan Ops,” the cooperative experience for Halo 4.
It is unfortunate that MCC had so many problems at release. It seems odd that the gaming industry as a whole has been delivering such raw experiences as of late. It is true that people do not want to wait, especially for something that promises to offer a collaborative package of games people have been wanting to share with friends on new shiny consoles, but developers delivering buggy experiences is not an acceptable way to produce products. Giving free content is not a bad consolation, yet it does not ultimately solve the problem. Movie theaters do not offer free popcorn for movies that feature bad sound quality.
Many reviewers have already put Halo: The Master Chief Collection as one of the best games of the year, it comes with massive amounts of content as well as beautiful enhances of games many have fond memories of. 343 Industries has been trying to handle the franchise since they took it over from Bungie in 2011. Although problems have occurred, the team is still working to offer gamers more. The Halo 3: ODST campaign is being redone in 1080p and is said to be running at 60fps. The venture is being worked on currently and will be a gift from 343 Industries to the fans, hopefully come Spring 2015.
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