When Halo: The Master Chief Collection was released last November, it was seen as an extraordinarily ambitious compilation, since it was set to include all of the single player levels, multiplayer maps, and different engines of the first four main Halo games, from 2001’s Halo: Combat Evolved to 2012’s Halo 4. Upon release, though, it became clear that the multiplayer element of the game was pretty severely broken, with inability to find any games in matchmaking, and with millions of buyers becoming severely disappointed in the process.
Back in December, Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries recognized that the issues with the Master Chief Collection were inexcusable, and since then have tried to make it up to the game’s buyers in different ways. In addition to added time on affected players’ Xbox Live Gold memberships, they made one announcement that immediately pleased fans: the addition of a fifth single player campaign to the overall game experience to arrive sometime in 2015. Now, we may be seeing it this week. According to a report from IGN, the remastered campaign to Halo 3: ODST will be releasing to launch owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection this Friday, May 29th. Previously confirmed to release in the month of May, the 29th seems a logical place to do it, since May is quickly coming to an end, and 343i doesn’t want to waste any good will they’ve had to build up with fans since the problematic release of The Master Chief Collection.
One of the more unique entries in the entire series, Halo 3: ODST was released in 2009, and focused on other members of the United Nations Space Command’s military besides SPARTAN soldier Master Chief. Instead, ODST‘s campaign focused on a group of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers, who land in the middle of New Mombasa on Earth as the Covenant invasion, depicted in 2004’s Halo 2, begins to spread into the city. Without some of the usual tropes of prior Halo games to rely on since ODST’s are unaltered human beings, it provided a new flavor of challenge in addition to a very different overall style and feel when compared with any other game in the Halo series. The version that will be available for download is expected to be remastered in 1080p resolution with a 60fps framerate.
The next game in the series, Halo 5: Guardians, will be releasing this coming October exclusively on Xbox One. For more on Halo as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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