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Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack Issues Resolved, Less Than 200 Affected
Written Tuesday, December 18, 2012 By Richard Walker
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Having been affected by issues that saw players banned from accessing certain online components of the game, the Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack DLC has now been fixed according to Microsoft, who has released a statement on the matter, reporting that less than 200 users were affected.

"There was a situation yesterday (Sunday) in which less than 200 Halo 4 users were being incorrectly banned from accessing certain parts of the game (not banned from Xbox LIVE as a whole), and we have since resolved the issue." the statement reads. "All players accounts impacted are working as normal."

Initially the problems that the Crimson Map Pack was subjected to arose from Limited Edition and War Games Pass owners who were promised the DLC for free, but were still charged when downloading the pack. A workaround to ensure that those affected got the DLC for free found themselves essentially locked out of certain aspects of the Halo 4's online components due to wrongly issued bans.

The Halo 4 Crimson Map Pack should now be working properly.

[Via Kotaku]


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Comment #1 by iBuzz7S
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 07:47:38 AM
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Yes, definitely less than 200. /sarcasm

343i are not making the best of friends with gamers as not everyone is happy with how things are being handled. Of course there is Microsoft to blame as well, but people tend to assume the developer takes care of everything.

Really disappointing to see Halo 4, Microsoft's 'baby' franchise, receiving the negative attention it has been because of what could only be described as amateurs taking care of things.

Microsoft has been doing this for years with other developers/publishers, yet they somehow screw up on their own game!

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Comment #2 by jeremyh120
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 07:56:37 AM
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I have had no problems with this game. People only speak out when they have a problem, making it look like the majority is...

Not trying to argue, just saying I think this game is pretty much the opposite of a screw up. I love it.

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Comment #3 by Nusentinsaino
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 07:58:50 AM
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@ #1

343i are amateurs taking care of things? Oh you must be a great developer!

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Comment #4 by thenewpeter
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 08:05:24 AM
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@1, amateurs? so a amateurs won game of the year? O.o

I would like to see the custom content search option fixed, so that it actually works, a bit annoying that I can't see user content, nor can anyone else I know.

I love this game, all other then the mid game join feature, I wish I could turn that off.

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Comment #5 by TheOneJat
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 08:18:42 AM
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Did they make this map pack free for everyone?

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Comment #6 by TH3 XB0X G3N1U5
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 08:24:33 AM
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This game is plagued with problems. I gave 343 a chance with this, and they blew it big time. Their matchmaking is horrible, broken game mechanics (esp splatter), and collision detection (or whatever they use) needs to be more finely tuned.

Not too mention how they butchered this map pack, from having to download it a special way, to the above problem, and the glitchy as hell achievements.

Thanks 343, great job on the game! /sarcasm

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Comment #7 by Terrin
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 08:37:59 AM
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@6 so you have to download it a special way just like any other season pass? call of duty did the same thing and a small bug that affected 200 or less people is something that would have slipped by any developer when its probable been download at least 100 k times.

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Comment #8 by thenewpeter
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 08:39:14 AM
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@6, please do tell us, what all of these problems are, other then the obvious map pack ones.

@5, lol, no, that'd be asking a bit much XD

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Comment #9 by s1c1m
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 09:59:22 AM
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i feel like alot of people either love this game...or love call of duty...and if you dont love this game then its probably cause you realized how much you actually suck at shooters

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Comment #10 by DC755
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 10:11:23 AM
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@1 They did not "screw it up". You just don't like it, which is fair enough, but this game is nowhere near a screw-up.

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Comment #11 by secretkaos187
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 10:16:37 AM
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@6 It's any different than any other game?

Personally, I liked the game. I haven't played the crimson maps yet tho.

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Comment #12 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 10:37:19 AM
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Sold this game the other day and was glad to get rid of it, I'm not a massive halo fan as it was, but I absolutely hated this one with passion.

Mainly due to the online been a cluster fuck, due to the excessive amount of power weapons that people are able to get.

That all said, this is good for those that were effected by this, and good luck in the future to those that enjoy this game.

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Comment #13 by ViNyLek
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 11:56:38 AM
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Glad to hear, thought as a happy season pass holder, I did not have to worry about such things. Not like those 3 maps are anything amazing, they're actuall pretty bad compared to maps that came with game IMO...

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Comment #14 by Twisted Ego
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 12:56:19 PM
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Thankfully, I didn't lose my own privaleges over the past two days. I got mine for free *thanks to the trial*. Worried as all heck I'd get banned for something. I love the new maps, and was quite sad to hear they were taking em away today. Thankfully, some awesome friend of mine sent me a map pass code xD

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Comment #15 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 02:55:27 PM
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I'm one of the lucky ones, in that, I don't have the map pass, I logged on the day after Crimson came out, went to "Marketplace" which was starred, and bam, it threw a Purchase Crimson screen at me, listing this transaction as 0msp. So I got the pack for free. Now if I buy the last two, it'll be like I only paid $20 for the three instead of $25 for the pass. Or maybe I'll get one of those for free, too, hahah.

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Comment #16 by BobHarskins
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 03:48:20 PM
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Finally got this fixed. Hopefully the next pack isn't plagued by issues from the moment it hits the marketplace. Kinda pissed I paid full price and a few hours later people were downloading it for free.

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Comment #17 by PuttyGod
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 05:13:54 PM
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Okay, so now I log on and it says I don't have the required DLC. Did they really just invalidate something I already downloaded? That's fucked up - they made the mistake in the first place, why disappoint the few people that got a pleasant little surprise? I downloaded it fair, played it, it's on my hard drive, and now I don't own it.

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Comment #18 by Crimson Ridley
Tuesday, December 18, 2012 @ 06:10:53 PM
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@17 - Because you didn't pay the extra price for the Season Pass or Limited Edition, to acquire the licence to own the Map Pack. They messed up, and allowed the people who were just given it for free continue to play it until the 18th (today).

I didn't buy the LE/SP, and got the pack for free, and I'm very happy that they allowed me to trial the pack, and have no issues with them restricting access to it, as I'm not entitled to a free Map Pack. It's only fair for the people who paid extra to get extra.

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Comment #19 by IDI xWHITE OUTx
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 12:39:59 AM
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To all those beating down on iBuzz7S, how can you not call the launch of this game an amateur attempt? Don't get me wrong I love the game, but this was a pathetic attempt to launch such a popular game.

Day one server crashes, which is to be expected with such a popular title right? Only around a 100,000 gamers signed on to play that day apposed to several other titles launching with around 500,000 people or more on the servers. How can you not be ready for day one launch? Then 343 decides to email a gift through your account that unlocks a piece of the game that should be accessible from day one! Without the specialization code gift you cant't even rank up anymore? Really? Its like they are punishing those who want to play the game! To top it off, thousands of people didn't get the email. Some still don't have access because they fail to just send it to the profiles. Then the launch of map-pack lead to banned players and no map access for quite some time?

Great game, great company, great fan base. There is no excuse to have faults with the launch of every "new" piece of this game.

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Comment #20 by DeviousProstate
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 @ 03:11:53 AM
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I have a hard time believing this since I have already caught 343 lying their faces off. I was having a problem with the specialization code. 343 told everyone that whoever didn't redeem the code they were sent (me) a reminder message on Xbox Live. Luckily I was able to remember that a friend came over and played on WITH ME on Xbox Live before the 20th. He received the e-mail and didn't even purchase the game. That left me incredibly relieved and furious at 343 all at the same time. Still haven't heard from the dozen or so complaints I left 343 and Microsoft, basically begging them the help me out.

I'm a huge Halo fan and I will be keeping this game regardless, but 343 has not made a good first impression towards the Halo community.

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Comment #21 by Jacker1969
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 @ 10:24:40 AM
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I only have a few problems with Halo 4, but they are pretty significant. Anyone else notice how the DMR is now the weapon of choice by almost everyone? Yeah, well, that's because it's the most over powered weapon in the game. Then there's the Boltshot, which I don't think I really even need to explain. And vehicles, especially the Warthog, are being rendered useless by the Plasma Pistol/Plasma Grenade combo. The idea of custom loadouts was good, but people are seriously abusing them, to the point where War Games is suffering because of it.

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Comment #22 by SPARTAN 8554
Sunday, January 20, 2013 @ 02:01:15 AM
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I think the load outs were just 343's way of competing with Call of Duty. Making matchmaking umbalanced compared to the previous Halo games. The only game type I still find enjoyable is SWAT and even then its only in small doses. I really wish Bungie was still in control. Halo 4 and Reach were real let downs in my opinion.

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