Halo: The Master Chief Collection has continued to suffer from various issues since its release last month, and 343 Industries have been hard at work to fix the many downfalls affecting players nationwide.
To make up for the debacle, 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios are offering all consumers who’ve played The Master Chief Collection between its release date and today a few goodies; most notably a free remaster of Halo 3: ODST, as well as a brand new remastered version of The Relic multi-player map from Halo 2. Xbox One owners who quality for the free game and map will also receive a free month of Xbox Live Gold, as well as an exclusive nameplate and avatar to use in The Master Chief Collection.
Halo 3: ODST and The Relic multi-player map are both scheduled to join The Master Chief Collection in Spring of 2015, although the fan favorite Firefight mode will be absent completely. ODST will run at 1080p/60fps, for those wondering. As of now, there’s no details on how late adopters will be able to obtain ODST, and if they can, what the cost will be.
This is similar to what Ubisoft offered with their Assassin’s Creed: Unity Season Pass flub, and as I mentioned in that article, these types of offerings are all well and good, but developers really shouldn’t be releasing games this broken to begin with. It’s applying a band-aid to a much larger problem, in that developers and publishers would rather meet a deadline and release a half-assed product–“fixing” issues after the fact with day-one patches, or in 343 Industries‘ case, multiple large updates–than running a fine tooth comb before we fork our money over. 343 Industries genuinely seems apologetic about the current state of The Master Chief Collection, and I’m happy to see another solid remaster hit the Xbox One, but not under these conditions.
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