Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should be well aware of all the hiccups and problems that have plagued Halo: The Master Chief Collection since its launch just over a month ago. 343 Industries has been releasing patch after patch to fix the broken multiplayer and help undo the the damage done to millions of burned customers, but simply fixing what shouldn’t have been broken in the first place isn’t enough.

It seems 343 is well aware of this, as they have just revealed their clever scheme to return to everyone’s good graces: give away free stuff. Five free stuffs, to be exact.

According to a post on Xbox.com from 343’s Head, Bonnie Ross, early adopters of The Master Chief Collection (to be more specific, those who purchased and played the game between November 11 and December 19), will receive the following:

1 Month of Xbox Live Gold
Exclusive In-Game Nameplate
Exclusive In-Game Avatar
“Relic” Halo 2: Anniversary Multiplayer Map
Halo 3: ODST Campaign

Yes, you read that right. To make up for their blunder, 343 is upgrading the full campaign (and the campaign alone – no Firefight or other modes) of Halo 3: ODST, upgraded to 1080p and set to run at 60 FPS. It’s not a proper remaster, but it’s certainly a nice bonus. The campaign should be ready and available in spring.

That Relic multiplayer map should be pretty nice too, being a complete remaster and reimagining, in line with the rest of the Halo 2: Anniversary game.

Fans of the frenetic Firefight mode may be disappointed to hear that there are currently no plans for it to come to the Collection, but there’s always hope for the future. Also, while it’s likely the ODST campaign will become available to late buyers for a cost later on, there has been no official announcement as such just yet. For the time, this is a special offer for those who purchased the game previously.

You can see Bonnie’s full post here, and find answers to specifics regarding the free content (such as how and when to obtain, and confirming your eligibility) here.

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