Someone other than Master Chief will be part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Halo: ODST is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Even better, current owners of Halo: Master Chief Collection who played the game while online from November 11th to December 19th will be getting the addition for free. In a thank you to fans, Bonnie Ross, head of 343 Industries, explained that the upgraded ODST campaign will be given to players in 2015 as an apology for the ongoing matchmaking issues that have plagued Halo: MCC since its launch over a month ago.

This has been a humbling experience and highlighted how we as a studio can – and need – to do better for Xbox fans around the world. We are so grateful to our fans who have stood by our side and we appreciate all of your patience as we worked through these issues.

Part of the mea culpa goodies will include an extra month of Xbox Live Gold, some in-game cosmetic items, and a re-imagined version of the Halo 2 Relic multiplayer map. According to the FAQ, the popular Firefight mode will not be part of the Halo: ODST re-release.