When Halo: The Master Chief Collection
launched in November with a largely non-functional online multiplayer component, people were upset. Bonnie Ross, head of developer 343 Industries, personally apologized
for the issues, promising to "make this right" with fans of old Tall, Green and Handsome. Yesterday, Ross elaborated
on just what she meant: free stuff, including an updated version of Halo 3: ODST
running on Xbox One.
Anyone who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection
online between launch (November 11, 2014) and December 19, 2014 is eligible to receive one month of complimentary Xbox Live Gold, an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar, and a free download of the Halo 3: ODST
campaign running at 1080p and 60 frames per second. Lastly, everyone who plays The Master Chief Collection
will be able to enjoy an updated version of the Halo 2
map, "Relic," when it launches as a free content update for the game.
The nameplate and avatar will be added to The Master Chief Collection
sometime later this month, while a reworked Relic and the ODST
campaign will arrive sometime in spring of 2015. "Both [Relic and Halo 3: ODST
] were not part of our original development plans, but as a result of community feedback, and to do something special for our fans, both are now in development," an FAQ page for the recently-announced content reads