The free addition of Halo 3: ODST and a new Halo 2 multiplayer map for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was finally given a release window by 343 Industries on Tuesday. The apology content will be landing on the Xbox One compilation shooter sometime next month.
The developer announced that the next-gen upgrades to Halo 3: ODST were almost complete as part of the notes for a new patch released to The Master Chief Collection.
Our latest content update, which addresses H3 Audio & Forge, ranking, parties, quitting & more is now live. Details: http://t.co/4ddgWf7zrd
— Halo (@Halo) April 21, 2015
“We’re excited about the progress of the Relic multiplayer map remake and the Campaign for Halo 3: ODST, both of which are on track to release within Halo: The Master Chief Collection next month with our next content update,” Community Manager Andy “Bravo” Dudensky wrote. “Look for more details next month, including the final map name for the Relic remake, release date and more.”
Halo 3: ODST and the “Relic” multiplayer map will be free to everyone who played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between the game’s launch on November 11, 2014, and December 19, 2014, as Inquisitr previously reported. Those eligible will also receive an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar, and should have already received a free month of Xbox LIVE Gold added to their account.
Unfortunately, the remastered ODST will only feature the game’s campaign and not the popular Firefight mode. “Our focus is re-mastering the campaign from Halo 3: ODST, including it within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and ensuring it delivers a great experience on Xbox One in 1080p and 60fps,” the “Thank You” FAQ for the offer reads.
Meanwhile, the new update to Halo: The Master Chief Collection targeted several different aspects of the multiplayer in all four games that are part of the collection. In addition to fixing various bugs, it also addresses issues with parties, achievements, ranking, user interface, and overall stability.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection could only be described as a mess for more than a month after its launch on the Xbox One. This led to a series of apologies from both 343 Industries and Microsoft that culminated in the announcement that the developer would release Halo 3: ODST and the “Relic” multiplayer map as free DLC.
A series of patches has steadily improved the game’s multiplayer and campaign experience with the biggest improvements coming in the March update.
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