343 Industries has announced that it is upgrading the Halo 3: ODST campaign and adding it to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Those that have played the game, whilst signed into Xbox Live, between its launch date and today will receive the game for free. Here’s what 343’s Studio Head Bonnie Ross had to say on the matter:
“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. 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. As a token of our appreciation and to thank fans for the continued support and understanding, we will be offering the following items…”
The campaign will run at 1080p and 60 FPS. Development on the upgraded game has just started, but we can expect to see it release in Spring 2015. Firefight will not make it into the final product. The campaign will come in the form of a free download token.
Halo fans can also expect a remastered Halo 2 “Relic” Map in Spring 2015, which will be free for all players in Halo 2 Anniversary. Early adopters of the Master Chief Collection can also expect an exclusive in-game nameplate and avatar.
343 is releasing a content update next week that will add all 10 episodes of Halo 4’s Spartan Ops mode to the MCC.
343 Industries has postponed the launch of their Halo Championship Series, following matchmaking issues they are currently working to resolve. The first per-season online cup was scheduled for November 16th, but will now begin on November 23rd. Here’s what 343 had to say in a blog post:
“This delay will ensure that the first pre-season cup is up to the standards of our fans and competitors,”
The Championship Series is an official eSports league for competitive Halo players. Teams of four will compete in events to earn points. The team with the most points at the end of the series will play in the Championship Series finals. The league will primarily focus on Halo 2: Anniversary as the basis for multiplayer. The series is due to end March 2015.
The documentary chronicling the remaster of Halo 2 will premiere on October 31st. It will include never-before seen story elements and footage from Halo 2: Anniversary. The film will show us how 343 managed to bring Halo 2 back to life. The Halo 2 documentary will be available for download on Xbox Video from October 31st. Xbox Users can also view the documentary on the Halo Channel from November 11th and users will also be able to catch it on the Xbox Twitch channel.
Halo 2: Anniversary is part of the Master Chief Collection, which is due to release in North America on November 11th.
The Master Chief Collection is due to feature six Halo 2 multiplayer maps remade for Xbox One. These maps have been given makeovers that retain the classic Halo 2 feel. Warlock has been announced as the sixth and final map. Warlock (now titled Warlord) joins Ascension (Zenith), Coagulation (Bloodline), Sanctuary (Shrine), Lockout (Lockdown) and Zanzibar (Stonetown).
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will release on November 11th in North America and November 14th in the UK.