Bonnie Ross, Head of 343 Industries, has announced via Xbox Wire that Halo 3: ODST will be made available to owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection as a thank you for continued support during its unexpectedly rocky launch. The news comes hot off the heels of scandals concerning the game’s online performance, which has been riddled with bugs and other game breaking issues.
The official statement reads:
Last month, I promised the Halo and Xbox community that addressing the matchmaking issues and other bugs impacting players’ experience with Halo: The Master Chief Collection was our #1 priority. We’ve been working around the clock deploying weekly content updates and numerous server-side adjustments that have shown good results and we’re encouraged by the feedback we’re hearing from you. Another big hurdle was overcome when we added fan-favorite playlists, such as SWAT and Halo: CE, back to our matchmaking menu and we plan to add more soon. Next week, we’ll release a content update that will add all 10 episodes of the cooperative experience “Spartan Ops” for Halo 4, and will address other issues. I assure you that the team will continue to work on additional content updates to further improve the all-up gameplay experience.