To say that the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One has been a bumpy ride for Microsoft and 343 Industries would be an severe understatement. While it’s no Assassin’s Creed Unity, the Master Chief Collection owners have had to suffer through almost a month and a half of broken and unreliable multiplayer, which is decidedly unacceptable for a game that has swung many away from the Xbox’s greatest rival, the PS4.
Clearly, both developer and publisher are truly sorry, with Bonnie Rose, head of 343 Industries, saying that the Master Chief Collection’s dismal showing has been “a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can — and need — to do better for Xbox fans around the world.” To help make amends, Microsoft and 343 Industries have something in store for those who have already invested in the game. For those who have played the game between November 11th and December 19th, you will be eligible for a free month of Xbox Live Gold, an in-game nameplate and avatar. But that’s not all.
The pièce de résistance of this apology is the remastering of Halo 3: ODST, whose campaign will be added to the Master Chief Collection sometime in spring 2015, along with the Relic multiplayer map from Halo 2: Anniversary. Unfortunately, arguably Halo 3: ODST’s most popular feature, its Firefight multiplayer mode, will not be making the jump to multiplayer, though if past performance is anything to go by, that’s probably a good thing.
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