Halo MCC to Include Remastered Relic and Halo 3: ODST Campaign as a Thank You to Fans

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A few weeks ago, Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries posted a written apology over on Halo Waypoint addressing the state of the Master Chief Collection when it launched.  In that, she said Halo fans would be compensated for their frustration with the experience.  Today, Bonnie delivers promising new content for those who have played the same since it’s launch through today.  Players will be receiving a free month of Xbox Live, an exclusive in-game nameplate and exclusive in-game avatar, but that’s just the beginning.  As a free content update to anyone who has played the game through today will receive the Halo 3: ODST campaign with the same updates found made to Halo 3 in the collection; 1080P, 60FPS, and all.  Wrapping up the free offerings, this one goes out to all players, including those who play after today: Relic will receive the remastered Halo 2 Anniversary treatment.  There is currently no date on when these will be available.

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Xbox One Preview Gets Early Access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta

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If you were one of those people eagerly waiting for December 29th to roll around to get your hands on the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta, your wait may have just gotten expedited.  All Xbox One Preview users will gain early release access to the beta tomorrow.  Starting December 19th at 16:00 Eastern, 13:00 Pacific until December 22nd at 2:59 Eastern, December 21st, 23:59 Pacific, the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta early access will feature content available during week one of the beta, which includes the three maps Truth, Empire, and Breakout featuring Crossfire, the new arena game mode.  The full beta will feature 7 maps and three game modes in total during the beta test.

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The Sprint – New Vidoc Series Behind Making the Halo 5 Guardians Multiplayer Beta Premieres Tonight

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Earlier today, Xbox Wire announced a new video series premiering on the Halo Channel that will give Halo fans the inside look at making the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.  While the gameplay reveal of the beta that was shown during Halo Fest and released across the internet was received with mixed reviews, The Sprint will provide an unprecedented look into many of the considerations 343 is taking with Halo 5 multiplayer.  Starting with the first episode tonight at 19:00 Eastern, 16:00 Pacific, 343 will release daily episodes on the Halo channel through December 23rd, with the following schedule:

Episode 1: Balance 

Premiering Thursday, December 18 @ 7:00 p.m. Eastern time, 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

The 343 Industries pro team gives their final feedback on “Truth,” an homage to the Halo 2 map “Midship,” which will be included in the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

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Podtacular 455: Gods of the Damned

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Halo: Nightfall had some high anticipation going for it when announced that 343 would be working with Ridley Scott to produce the origin story for Agent Locke, who will be a prominent character in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians.  While it was a pretty good production, it didn’t live up to the standards of Forward Unto Dawn, which told the origin story for Thomas Lasky.  It received mixed reviews from many of the Halo fans, with the opening episode leaving much to be desired.  With all 5 episodes of the series out, we give our opinions and thoughts on Halo: Nightfall.

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Podtacular 454: Get Your Update

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As is now the norm for the Master Chief Collection, Content Updates seem to be the prime source of news lately, leaving a lot of other typical happenings in the community a little dry.  The latest update addresses some minor Matchmaking issues and because of the focus on fixing the collection, Halo: Spartan Strike is now delayed until early 2015.  The Halo Championship Series Handbook was also posted by Bravo with the different tournament point tiers and the first season schedule. And that’s pretty much it for this week.

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MCC Patch Notes: Dec 7th

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A new content update is available for The Master Chief Collection and it’s a big one.  343 Industries is making some pretty widespread changes including a lot of stability fixes for matchmaking, which seems to be the big hitter needing updates.  There are a few smaller fixes including game specific fixes, custom lobby issues like making the “Make Party Leader” option work properly, achievement unlocks, game stability and post-game carnage report fixes.  Here’s the full list of patch notes from Waypoint:

Matchmaking & Parties

  • Made improvements to matchmaking team balance
  • Made an update to improve matchmaking search times and success rates, specifically expediting the “Players Found” and “Connecting Session” search phases
  • Made improvements to prevent a player’s rank from resetting unexpectedly
  • Made an update to resolve an issue that allowed players to be placed into an incorrect lobby after a matchmaking game
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Spartan Strike Delayed for Early 2015

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With the ongoing issues continuing to plague The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries announced today, a week before the scheduled launch of the title that Spartan Strike will release early 2015.  This delay let’s 343 Industries focus on fixing the Matchmaking system without having to worry about an additional title to maintain. Spartan Strike is the new top-down shooter produced by 343 Industries and Vanguard Games and is the successor to Spartan Assault taking place around the events of Halo 4.

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