THE BUZZ: Earlier this year, Microsoft did a test program for an updated version of the Xbox 360’s dashboard that included the ability to read a new type of expanded disc format for Xbox 360 games. As part of that program, testers received a free copy of Halo: Reach, one which was coded via that new disc format.
In a message sent out today, Microsoft has announced that that “preview disc” version of Halo: Reach was rendered unplayable after an update the game received on just a few days ago. (The reason for this is that that version of the game cannot support game updates.)
Fear not, however; people who were part of that program have started receiving emails from Microsoft which include Xbox Marketplace code vouchers for a downloadable copy of Halo: Reach. This downloadable version—being a full copy of the game—works fine with title updates, and of course will be able to use any save data you had from the preview disc version.
EGM’s TAKE: As somebody who was part of the initial testing of this new disc format, I was surprised at the time that Microsoft decided to use such a high profile release as Halo: Reach for the free game people would be receiving. At this point, they really didn’t have to provide people with a replacement copy (seeing as how it had been free in the first place), so this is a pretty respectable gesture by the company. Or, at least, I’ll think so once I’ve received my copy of the email and a code voucher of my own.
If I don’t get a code, then I’ll probably go outside and kick a rock around while calling them jerks under my breath or something else along those lines.