Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Updated Halo 3: ODST for Free

Early adopters also get free month of Xbox Live Gold, Exclusive in-game Avatar, Relic multiplayer map, and more.

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Early adopters of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will get an updated version of Halo 3: ODST's campaign and a reimagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map Relic for free, developer 343 Industries has announced.

343 Industries says that development on the campaign for Halo 3: ODST has just begun. It will be available within Halo: The Master Chief Collection, upgraded to 1080p resolution, running at 60fps. If you played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between launch (November 11) and December 19, you'll get it for free.

The same is true for the Relic Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map, which 343 Industries will reimagine and remaster at 1080p and 60fps. 343 Industries said it chose this map based on its suitability for Slayer and Objective modes and its ability to support teams of varying sizes.

If you bought the game between those dates, you'll also get one free month of Xbox Live Gold, and an exclusive in-game Nameplate and Avatar. Find more details here.

Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross explained that the developer is offering these items for free in gratitude to fans that stuck with Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its troubled launch, which suffered from severe matchmaking issues.

"This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world," Ross said. "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."

Ross also said that a content update next week will add all 10 episodes of the cooperative experience Spartan Ops for Halo 4 to playlists, as well as address other issues.

For more on The Master Chief Collection, check out GameSpot's review and previous coverage.

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Not cool. I'm planning to get MCC anytime soon and it'd be awesome to play ODST again. I really liked it, it was a very original way to tell a Halo story and the fact that Spartans were not around made it somehow special

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ODST wasn't given the love it deserved.

Campaign was very cool, and the Firefight mode was fantastic.

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I just want to play reach again mainly just for firefight. I really miss that game mode and I'd love to see it return in halo 5

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Not sure if the avatar and name plate have been rolled out. I know have a gold one of each that I didn't have before. I also have a few others that I don't know if I was awarded or gifted - beamish, mister chief (guessing it's a kids drawing).

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ODST was my fave of the series if they give this the same attention as Halo 2 a huge win in my book (though they should have given 3 the same attention)

Little confused at the message though to be honest some places saying if you played any part of the game some only played multiplayer? Tried mp once early on gave up and been waiting for it to be fixed really hope in not penalised for that!

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Awesome! ODST was such a good campaign.

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aw what. I bought the game day one but haven't got a chance to install and play until last night...

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Sweet!!

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wowow! << LINK REMOVED >>

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I hope I can still get this

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I'm cool with it. I honestly mostly got MCC for the campaigns. I've been kind of sick of online FPS. [besides Titanfall] I definitely would have given it a shot again if it hadn't been so broken though.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The recent updates seem to have fixed it for a large amount of people (mostly). Just try it a few times each patch to test whether it works for you. I still haven't tried the latest patch because I'm too busy playing GTA atm and i've just started playing Destiny again.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> This is why you beta test lol. 2014s lack of betas has just given us nothing but broken games its getting old isn't it?

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I literally was opening halo tmcc as I was reading this article, early xmas present so I guess I'm a day too late

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I thought this was a collection of HALO games featuring Master Chief ? The Chief was not in ODST and only showed up in one short appearance at the very end of the Reach game !!!! It makes more sense to give to people , who bought the Collection of the Master Chief games , a FULL year of Xbox Live for free , then add one or two extra large game downloads to the to the mess of troubles ( which may add even more problems ) that they have/ are experiencing trying to play the Collection set . Fix the Master Chief Collection and give those affected by the poor matchmaking issues free Xbox Live for a year is the best reward .

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<< LINK REMOVED >> LOL seriously man? Its NOT on the Halo MCC disc and no one said its part of the collection. 343 is giving early adopters a free upgraded ODST download. Thats awesome... Nobody said it was part of the collection tho so Im not sure where you got that from...

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<< LINK REMOVED >> give them a full year of xbox live($60 value) free? lol, go home....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Who cares,its a bonus

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I played during the dates mentioned but only the campaign, hoping that counts as logging activity via xbox live as mentioned in their blog post FAQ as I was logged into xbox live and earned some achievements.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> You only needed to play the MCC while connected to LIVE. Doesn't matter whether it's campaign, matchmaking or whatever.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Mostly the same here. I got to a couple of lobbies, but it was taking a long time to find more players, so I backed out without playing a match. Otherwise, my time has been on campaign connected to Live.

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Well fingers crossed hey. I wanted to finish the campaigns first as I'd only played CE (didn't finish). I also went a little bit silly buying games and just played each of them a little bit with the time I had available.

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Nice, by then Halo will be taking up 40% of my 500gig hard drive. They should be giving out free hard drive upgrades. Ive played it 5 times since release, and literally every time I had to download a 1+gig update, taking over an hour because I dont get more than 1.5mbps through MS shitty servers I pay $50 a year to use.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Microsoft's servers are fine, and I'm in Australia. Your connection is the problem.

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MS are the best servers. If they are shitty I don't want to imagine how shitty other servers must be for you.

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Nice! I wanted the ODST to be part of the collection and is a good redemption move.

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They aren't even including Firefight with ODST -_-. Whole new levels of lame.

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Sweet with a free month of live I'll take it

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I'm not going to lie this kinda makes up for the terrible online during launch. Can't wait.

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No making a game that isn't buggy at launch is what makes up for it lol a lot of people would have bought this just for multiplayer.

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343 needs to extend that offer. Pre-ordered physical but didn't DL. Was waiting for the bugs to get patched up. btw what about all the ppl getting the game for Xmas. 343 could at least extend it till Jan/1/2015.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's for the early adopters who had to deal with the worst of the issues. If you didn't play it, then that's your problem. Sorry.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Problem? It's not that big of deal sheesh...

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"Attention early Driveclub adopters!

Pick a finger"

-Sony

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Hopefully the come up with a way to say "sorry" too.

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Didnt driveclub owners get DLC for free? Hardly say giving us a game worth less than a tenner is any better but then agains fan boys like you have always made no sense.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Sony got the free AAA games Injustice Gods Among Us and Infamous First Light in January for the Driveclub debacle. I believe GwG might still have Crimson Dragon up for grabs since Sevenizz is known for living under rocks.


Not to mention Sony gave the "Xbox One Exclusive" Plants vs Zombies away for free for PS4 during their Experience Event.

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Those games have nothing to do with them f*cking up royally on Driveclub.

And giving away 5 dollars worth of DLC on a garbage game centered around DLC for profit is useless.

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Actually we have Volkar and worms for free. And ODSt soon? Are you having fun with your tablets games? Greatness isn't that great after all. :'(

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That just makes the package better and is a decent gesture from 343 Industries and MS for MS's fuq ups with this release.

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I really enjoy Halo but ODST left a real bad taste in my mouth. I really despised that game and I don't often feel that way about ANY game.

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That fast?

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Probably planned DLC.

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How about you fix the game before working on ODST?


Also nice job cutting Reach and ODST only to add them as DLC. All the people saying "OHHHH It's the Master Chief Collection! He isn't in Reach/ODST!" can bite me lol. And yes I realize Reach isn't announced but just wait a bit.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Not as bad as withholding Halo 2 remaster from 360 owners to force them into getting an xbone in order to get it.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> ODST was never originally planned. It won't be released until Autumn next year (Spring for you 'muricans). The game should be fixed by then.

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Is multiplayer fixed yet? Will it actually save my progress if I save and quit out of a level? I haven't logged since the first week. I went back to Destiny because of you 343. Why would you do that to me???

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I've personally never had those campaign issues. However, multiplayer for a large amount of people is fixed (mostly). I can't comment on campaign though. It's worth giving it another go each patch just to test if it's fixed the issues.

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ODST had the best campaign of them all. Don't even have an Xbox One, but this collection certainly looks enticing.

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