XBOX ONE users who also own Halo: The Master Chief Collection are set to receive a new update to the game and a free month of Xbox Live.
Microsoft are continuing to roll out free month subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold users after they faced startling matchmaking issues when the game was first released last year, although many are reporting they’ve received their month, so maybe rolling out in waves.
The issues continued even after a series of patches were supposed to stem the time taken to find a compatible game in the matchmaking hub.
Players are also set to get the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer map Relic for free, a recent 343 Industries blogpost confirmed.
The final stages of The Master Chief collection’s latest update are almost complete and will be rolled out soon in a bid to improve stability and matchmaking.
“Over the past few weeks, we’ve been completing work on the upcoming content update, which will improve stability, matchmaking, the party and invite system, and more,” a post from the developers reads.
“As we announced previously, this content update includes fundamental changes to the aforementioned systems, and making and validating these changes requires substantial time beyond what was required for prior updates.
“We’re happy with the progress on the next CU, with significant progress being made on big and small issues, and we’re being diligent in gameplay and stress testing to ensure that it is a meaningful update.
“While we haven’t yet locked an exact release date of the update, the work is in its final stages of testing and bug squashing is well underway. The next time we communicate regarding the status of the upcoming content, we will provide a definitive timeframe for its availability.”
343 also explained why neither SWAT or Team Snipers have Halo 3 variants included.
“This is due to a Halo 3-specific issue regarding non-default map variants that we’re working to fix,” they added.
“Once resolved, custom map variants (tournament maps, maps with specific on-map weapons, Forge maps, etc.)will be included into permanent and featured playlists.
So great news for you Halo fans, and it’s good to see companies continue to offer compensation when something goes wrong with their product.