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The offers available to the pre-purchasers of Halo 4's map pack DLCs were a little complicated, but the confusion has lead to a free map pack, as long as you grab it quickly enough.
Shortly before the release of Halo 4, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a promotion that if you played the game within the first two weeks of release, you would receive a code that would give you early access to certain multiplayer specializations. Users who received that code discovered that if they redeemed it, they could download Halo 4's first map pack, the Crimson map pack, for free. This was not something that was supposed to happen, but Microsoft has embraced the mistake and is now encouraging gamers who participated in the, "14 Day, Buy and Play," promotion to grab the maps before Tuesday December 18. Here's the official words from Microsoft:
As an additional reward to those customers that participated in our "14 Day, Buy and Play" program (which ran from Nov. 6 – Nov. 20), we are providing complimentary access to the Crimson Map Pack for a limited time, through Tuesday, December 18 at 9am UTC/GMT.
There were some initial complications with the distribution of the "14 day, Buy and Play" reward tokens, and so we decided to provide the additional reward of complimentary access to the Crimson Map Pack, for a limited time, as a "thank you" to our customers that contributed to the success of the "Halo 4" launch.
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The one day I happen to break my controller. Wow...
LOL i was wondering why it let me download it for free the other day!
So i guess i get a free map pack. Cool, since i wasnt planning on actually buying this.
This whole Kotaku article is a big lie by all three involved. Simple rundown of what happened and why you probably can't download the maps if you have not already...
1. Crimson Maps came out, glitched to high hell where no one could download them.
2. MS fixed them then glitched them so everyone who got the specialization codes could download.
3. MS states on Twitter "its on us, have at it"
4. MS realizes their mistake, and makes up some huge excuse while 343i is more quiet then at anytime they were actually making Halo 4.
So why can't you download the maps anymore? MS fixed it, this was all a lie on their part and if the trial thing is true then its a slap to the face to everyone since NO ONE was told about this beforehand anywhere on the internet or H4 until the glitch peaked. Run that story GI.