Update: I wasn’t optimistic ODST would make its May release date, but 343 came through. Early MCC owners should have a Xbox message with an ODST code. My Saturday is set.
Damn 343, you need to stop announcing target release dates.
In April, 343 said ODST was on track for a May release date.
This week, a Xbox store listing showed ODST was coming on May 29th. That page brings up an error now.
An hour ago, the official Halo Twitter accounted posted these two tweets.
A placeholder release date for the ODST campaign for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was inadvertently listed on the Xbox Store. (1/2)
— Halo (@Halo) May 27, 2015
We continue final testing and will make an official announcement once our release date is determined, and apologize for any confusion. (2/2) — Halo (@Halo) May 27, 2015
That sounds like a delay to me. If 343 needs extra time, fine. At least get Halo 3: ODST right.
It’s amazing how bad 343/Microsoft screwed up with the Halo: Master Chief Collection. This time last year, I couldn’t wait for Halo: MCC. Me and my friends were talking about how that’s the only game we will need. Now, it’s not even on my Xbox One hard drive anymore.
When will we see Halo 3: ODST? There are still a couple of days left in May, but it’s not looking likely. E3 is right around the corner. Maybe Microsoft will release it right after their conference.
Can you imagine the pressure 343 is under to nail Halo 5: Guardians? I bet there are a lot of sleepless nights around the studio.
343 was smart to give us a taste of Halo 5: Guardians’ multiplayer late last year. I loved it. But, Halo 5’s launch better go off without a hitch or 343 is in trouble. And I think it will.
The biggest problem with Halo: MCC was the sheer amount of studios working on the title. Here’s the list of companies that worked on it: 343 Industries, Certain Affinity, Ruffian Games, Saber Interactive and United Front Games. (Sources 1, 2)
The games themselves work fine, for the most part. It’s how the interface ties it all together is where it fell apart.
Halo 5: Guardians should be able to avoid this since it’s just 343 Industries working on it.
E3 is right around the corner. This is 343’s time to shine and make us forget about the Halo: MCC debacle. Can they?