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Halo 3: ODST Coming To MCC Along With H2A “Relic”

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 3:03 am by Felix Mui

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It’s been over a month since the ambitious Halo: The Master Chief Collection was released and the game is still filled with problems. While it’s been receiving patches to address the connectivity and additional technical problems, the game is far from fixed and gamer frustration has been high.

In a letter from 343 Industries’ studio head Bonnie Ross, plans were unveiled for some consolation content to anyone who has played the game since launch up to December 19th.

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).*

  • 1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
  • Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
  • Exclusive In-Game Avatar

Both the exclusive in-game items will not be available later on through alternate means and will stay exclusive.

In addition to the three items, a brand new Halo 2 Anniversary multiplayer map will be released through a free content update slated for Spring and will be a remake of “Relic”, a DLC map from Halo 2. 343 cited the map’s flexibility for Slayer and Objective games as well as being a mid to large sized map. Certain Affinity is returning to design the map as they have for the existing 6 reimagined ones for the Master Chief Collection.

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But that’s not all, as a cherry on top to all fans Bonnie unveiled the porting of one of the better narrative campaigns in the Halo franchise; Halo 3: ODST. Originally a spinoff but not quite an expansion to Halo 3, ODST dealt with the events between Halo 2 and Halo 3 in the city of New Mombasa.

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Featuring a film-noir atmosphere and a squad of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers that are portrayed by Firefly and Battlestar Galactica alumni, the game was a bit of a love letter from Bungie to fans especially for those disappointed in the lack of implied importance for Earth prior to the second installment’s release.

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Unfortunately the unique horde game mode introduced in ODST and expanded in Reach, Firefight will not be making the cut along with the Campaign portion. H3ODST_Firefight_SecurityZone1stPersonrs

The port will be free of charge to those who were eligible and has been teased at seeing a stand-alone release later on. Halo 3: ODST is also slated for release in Spring of 2015 as part of the package for the MCCC.

Both projects 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.  The campaign for “Halo 3: ODST” will be delivered via a free download token for eligible players1 of “Halo: The Master Chief Collection,” and “Relic” will be included as part of a free content update for the game.

2015 is only getting bigger in terms of Halo and with a Beta starting within days and a brand new installment late next year, there’s plenty of Halo for Xbox One users.

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