Having put up with shoddy online matchmaking and numerous updates to increase stability and fix bugs, Halo fans who stuck it out since the beginning learned today exactly what they’ll be getting as compensation. Ross made good on her word in a letter addressed to fans.
“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,” she wrote. “As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items, for free, to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection online since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14).”
Here’s what was listed:
- 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
- Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
- Exclusive In-Game Avatar
But it gets much better. In the future, 343 will offer the following additional digital content for free once during the Spring of 2015:
- Halo 3: ODST Campaign – Development has just started on the campaign for Halo 3: ODST, which will be available within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and upgraded to 1080p resolution, running at 60fps. It will be available for free to anyone who has played Halo: The Master Chief Collection since launch (11.11.14) through today (12.19.14). Thanks to our friends at Bungie for creating the original “Halo 3: ODST” campaign.
- “Relic” Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map – Available via a free content update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we will reimagine the fan-favorite map “Relic,” fully remastered and running at 1080p resolution and 60fps. We chose this map based on its suitability for Slayer and Objective modes and its ability to support teams of varying sizes. And you can trust that Certain Affinity will tune and tweak the map to make it even better than you remember.
Specifics on eligibility can be found here.
As planned, an additional content update next week will introduce all ten episodes of Halo 4’s “Spartan Ops” mode to the collection as well. Earlier this week, a Halo: CE playlist was integrated into matchmaking.
So, did 343 make good on their promise? Are you satisfied with how the studio has treated the situation and their fans? Tell us in the comments and keep your sights on MP1st for more Halo updates!
Remember, if you are an Xbox Preview Member, you get early access to the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta this weekend.