This past week Microsoft renewed its commitment to fixing the online multiplayer issues plaguing Halo: The Master Chief Collection¸ the giant collection of multiplayer maps and campaigns that arrived on store shelves back in November. It also revealed key extras and free updates for those suffering from Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems. These extras include a surprise extra campaign experience taken from Halo 3: ODST.
According to the thank you note posted at Microsoft’s Xbox Wire news blog, those suffering through Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems can expect a month of Xbox Live Gold absolutely free, an in-game nameplate to customize their Halo profile and an in-game avatar upgrade.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection was just Microsoft rehashing old games for rerelease on the Xbox One. It was also a celebration of the multiplayer game that helped the original Xbox One make a name for itself in online gaming: Halo 2. Halo: The Master Chief Collection came with a half dozen maps from the original game. All of these maps were refreshed and improved. Halo: The Master Chief Collection players can look forward to Microsoft adding another Halo 2 map, Relic, for free.
Joining Relic as a free update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection players is a high-definition remake of another entire game in the Halo franchise, Halo 3: ODST. Halo 3: ODST ditched the Master Chief protagonist from other games. Instead, players spent the night in a city invaded and infested by enemies from the Covenant. Being someone different allowed developer Bungie to experiment with an open environment that players could explore and a new health system. 343 Industries says it’s just beginning work on the remaster. As such, it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll see it actually arrive. This free Halo 3: ODST upgrade won’t include a new multiplayer experience since the original game didn’t.
How users get the extras is key. 343 Industries has confirmed that anyone and everyone who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection from November 11th to December 19th will get the extras as an apology for the problems they’ve suffered through. Theoretically, that means Xbox One owners who purchase the Master Chief Collection over the holiday season will be stuck paying for at least the remastered Halo 3: ODST.
That would make sense if Halo: The Master Chief Collection wasn’t still broken. The game launched in November with a great single player experience and a multiplayer experience so unstable buyers couldn’t get a solid game going. Getting a successful match-up took way too long. When players were matched up the party would sometimes crash, sending them back through the matchmaking process to wait again. 343 Industries been hard at work with key upgrades and updates to get the system working again. Still, it’s not as stable as it should be.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection players don’t have to wait until this Halo 3: ODST remake and new map arrive to get new content. 343 Industries’ post indicates it has plans to roll out an update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection that brings the Spartan Ops gametype to Halo 4. Spartan Ops were special multiplayer missions with ever-changing objectives for those playing in groups. They’re sort of like a television show, with individual stores and one overarching story delivered over different episodes. According to today’s post, all 10 Spartan Ops episodes will make their debut in Xbox One this week as a title update. Title updates are free and roll out in the background while the Xbox One appears to be off, by default.