Posted Sat May 30, 2015 at 06:28 AM PDT by Justin Clark
Step right up for your free game and apology.
November 2014 will go down in gaming history as the month the gaming industry learned some harsh lessons about shipping an unfinished game. With Ubisoft acknowledging their part in the mess during the 'Assassin's Creed: Syndicate' presentation earlier this month, Microsoft is now doing right by the folks burned by the infamously broken 'Master Chief Collection' on Xbox One.
"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can--and need--to do better for Xbox fans around the world," says 343 Industries' Bonnie Ross. "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."
Microsoft has begun sending out free codes via XBox Live for the remastered port of 'Halo 3: ODST' to anyone who played the 'Master Chief Collection' during its beleaguered launch window of November 11th to December 19th. The codes will be visible through XBox Live until June 30th, but still redeemable. Anyone who played it, but misses their shot at redeeming the code through the console itself for whatever reason can run to Microsoft's support forum for assistance after that date.
For everyone else who may have gotten the game outside of launch, however, don't fret: 'ODST' will be available as paid DLC very, very soon for a mere $5. The one caveat is that the game will not include Firefight mode from the original version on 360, but, really, don't you have enough multiplayer to mess with in that set? On that same note, there's also a new hefty 2.4 GB update for the Collection as a whole that includes the promised reimagined version of 'Halo 2' MP map Remnant. There's also the fact that anyone who wants in on the action can now do so cheaper than ever.
Apology accepted, Microsoft.
Source: 343 Industries
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