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Microsoft Apparently Banning Xbox 360 Users After Their DLC Mistake

Halo 4 is dangerous.

Remember last week when Microsoft messed up the DLC campaign for Halo 4, offering up free DLC when it should have been part of the Limited Edition? And then inventing a previously unheard of PR campaign to pretend it was all intended?

Well, now – apparently – they’re handing out bans to those using the DLC.

The details and circumstances are a bit woolly, but it appears to be related to playing split-screen, for some reason. If you picked up the Crimson Pack when it was free (and why wouldn’t you?) and play split-screen, this seems to trigger something at Microsoft to potentially fire off a ban.

“We are not permanently banning players for previewing or purchasing the Crimson Map Pack,” said developers 343. “We are currently investigating the recent reports of permanent matchmaking bans. We will provide further updates tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.”

It’s not happening to everyone, and it’s clearly a mistake, but Microsoft need to get the bans reversed as soon as possible. Thankfully if it happens it’s not system wide – it’s just a ban from Halo 4 online…

  1. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever
  2. tonycawley
    Pint! Pint!
    Since: Feb 2009

    At least they’re admitting to their mistake. Unlike EA who are doing fuck all about my fifa ultimate team account hack. Not responding and not even admitting there’s a problem despite so many cases. Sorry totally unrelated there.

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 08:40.
  3. carson321
    Since: May 2009

    brilliant! It’s not always true that any publicity is good publicity!

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 08:43.
  4. avengerrr
    Since: Oct 2012

    What the hell is someone, someone, someone, doing that thinks he or she can continue to fix the problem. They really just need to stop digging before the hole gets bigger.

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 10:49.
  5. stage1
    Since: Feb 2012

    Sounds like typical Microsoft.
    Wouldn’t be surprised if they automatically took out money from everyone’s account due to their mistake.

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 12:34.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      that wouldn’t happen because of a mistake.
      that’s actually standard operating procedure for ms.

      Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 17:04.
  6. a inferior race
    I'm special
    Since: Jul 2009

    Halo 4 has been a bit of fiasco to be honest. Fro misleading people about the Limited Edition, to matchmaking features and the DLC. Surprising really when this is MS’ biggest game of the year.

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 16:00.
  7. colmshan1990
    Since: Apr 2009

    What kind of filter have they got set up where they’re banning people for this?

    At least, I hope it’s a filter, and not someone manually doing it…

    Comment posted on 17/12/2012 at 16:41.

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