The Crimson map pack was released Monday and due to some technical issues 343i and Microsoft encountered with the War Games Map Pass and the Limited Edition Map Pass. Initially pass holders were unable to
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download the maps free of charge, so 343 jumped on it and solved the problem. However, this allowed a number of non-pass holders to snag the maps
free of charge. Initial responses from Microsoft were generally positive, saying that the lucky few who grabbed them for free would not be charged. This was quickly changed today when Halo Waypoint posted about their “14 Day – Buy an Play.” It appears 343i and Microsoft are recovering from this technical glitch by allowing those who received the maps for free a ‘trial’ of sorts to the maps until the 18th. While this no doubt will leave those few dissapointed, Microsoft and 343i are still allowing use of the maps for 14 days, so hey, a free 14 days is a free 14 days. You can read the direct quote below:
Many of you participated in our “14 Day – Buy and Play” program, a special offer that granted early access to six Specializations. As part of that program, we are providing complimentary access to the Crimson Map Pack for a limited time (through Tuesday, December 18 at 9am UTC/GMT). At that time, the complimentary limited access to the Crimson Map Pack will close, and “14 Day – Buy and Play” program participants will no longer be able to access the content for online play (please note anybody who has already purchased the Crimson Map Pack or owns the Halo 4 Map Pass or Limited Edition will not be impacted and will continue to have access to the content after the complimentary access period ends).