Microsoft is now sending out free codes for Halo 3: ODST Remastered to all early buyers of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One.
A release date of May 29 originally appeared on Xbox.com, although Microsoft had stated that it was in fact a “placeholder.” The date seems to have turned out accurate, however, as all those who owned Halo: The Master Chief Collection between November 11 and December 19 are starting to receive messages on Xbox Live that contains codes for the Halo 3 expansion.
These codes are free of costs, and are meant as a compensation of sorts for Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s shaky launch. The game suffered from significant matchmaking problems that rendered its online multiplayer mode unplayable. According to 343 Industries’ Bonnie Ross, giving out free copies of Halo 3: ODST Remastered to early adopters of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the developer’s way thanking players for supporting Halo: The Master Chief Collection during its troubled launch.
“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.”
A title update Halo: The Master Chief Collection is also available for download (size = 2.4 GB). Given the hefty download size, it’s likely that this update contains the much anticipated reimagined version of Halo 2’s multiplayer map Relic.
Just like all the Halo titles featured in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 3: ODST Remastered will run at 1080p and 60 frames per second. If you’re one of the lucky ones who have received a code for the game, do share your experience with us in the comments below.