343 Industries and Microsoft didn't forget about the free update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection that includes the entire campaign of the Xbox 360 exclusive, Halo 3: ODST.
In a recent update over on the Halo Waypoint website, a quick note is made about the upcoming availability of the Halo 3: ODST campaign. According to the post...
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. Look for more details next month, including the final map name for the Relic remake, release date and more.
For gamers who purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection before November, they are eligible for a free DLC code for Halo 3: ODST due to all the game's launch hiccups. The campaign covers the entire single-player campaign that starred Firefly's Nathan Fillion.
We haven't seen exactly what Halo 3: ODST will look like on the Xbox One, and I do wonder if it got any of the sweet remake treatment like some of the other content available in Halo: The Master Chief Collection or is it just the standard port from the Xbox 360 with a bump up in resolution and frame-rate? I think I could be okay with just a spec buff for Halo 3: ODST. It was fine for what it was when it launched back in 2009. I can't even believe it was that long ago.
Moreover, Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners were treated to a new update ahead of the major content roll out in May. In the latest update 343 Industries fixed a number of different things in the game, including ranking consistency issues and penalties. They also resolved an issue regarding the ranks appearing incorrectly.
Quitting and betrayals have also been added to the update. Now when someone quits it affects their rank; quitting for any reason at all will negatively impact a player's rank. Betrayal works the same way. Someone who betrays their team will also receive rank deduction for their online behavior. It really detours the trolls from torpedoing the team's efforts.
A couple of fixes were made in Halo: Combat Evolved, but nothing too serious. Just a few tweaks to the weapon accuracy mostly. Halo 2 also received a slight tweak here and there. However, Halo 3 got the most significant update, with new game types added to the Forge mode, as well as fixes to the game's audio, multiplayer network stability and the deadzones for the controllers. They also fixed some lighting and shader issues in one of the maps, as well as some objects not appearing correctly in Forge mode.
They also spent a good deal of time tweaking the overall stability for each title in the Master Chief Collection. This should be good news for anyone who has been waiting months for 343 Industries to finally fix and address some of the networking issues that plagued the game's multiplayer.
Of course, for those of you who only care about the free Halo 3: ODST update, you'll have to wait until May to get more details on what 343 Industries has in store.