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Pick up all Halo 3, Halo 4 and Halo: Reach DLC for free today

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Halo 3 (Image credit: Bungie)

Earlier this week Microsoft confirmed that Halo 5: Guardians, the latest entry to the main line of Halo games, would be receiving an update to run at 4K on the upcoming Xbox One X console. Alongside this announcement, it was also unveiled that Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo CE: Anniversary and Halo 4 would soon be playable on Xbox One, via the backward compatibility program. All Xbox 360 DLC packs related to the Halo franchise would also be made available for free, to celebrate the arrival on Xbox One.

While the backward compatible versions of the aforementioned games are still a while off, it already appears that the Halo expansion packs are free to download via the Xbox Store (opens in new tab). Content for Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Reach and Halo Wars is now accessible, including map packs and cosmetic bundles. Here's a breakdown of the content for these Xbox 360 titles.

Updated July 7, 2017: It appears that one of the Halo: Reach map packs, the Noble Map Pack, still appears to be paid. Assuming this is a temporary error, we'll update this post once the pack is free.

It should also be noted that both Halo: Reach and Halo Wars are already backward compatible, allowing Xbox One owners to jump into the action today. Other Halo titles are set to join the program "later this year," assumedly closer to the 4K patch for Xbox One X owners.

Will you be playing the older Halo titles on Xbox One? Let us know which games you're looking forward to in the comments.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

14 Comments
  • Nobel Pack for Halo Rach is still listed as $9.99. Other than that it was great to add the Halo 4 and Wars DLC to my collection.
  • Yep, shows that for me as well
  • War games map pass is paid!!
    Crap i tapped on but then noticed that it was paid
  • It was free for me just now. The Nobel Pack was still listed as paid however.
  • Apologize for not noticing the Noble Map Pack beforehand. Updated the post to reflect it. War Games Map Pass is free, however (:
  • I was charged for war games :( ...
    waiting for refund
  • Hm, that's weird - definitely look into that, as the pack is clearly free!
  • I remember fondly the H3-Cold Storage pack. It was back when DLC was something exciting and necessary to keep a game, with a long play life, fresh. Now, a game's DLC is discussed before the game launches and is clearly just a tool to squeeze more money out of a title. Please don't get me wrong. I support devs making $ for their work but when the dlc maps are out 2mo after launch...call it what it is. Add to that, timed exclusives...makes me miss the excitement of H3's Cold Storage.
  • Man, I should have waited the 5+ years! =P
  • Well, at least I didn't own as many as I thought I did.
  • Why would they make Halo 3 a backwards compatible game? Isn't it already on the Master Chief Collection?
  • It's not about if there's a remaster or not, its about the principal that the games you bought should move forward with you.
  • Because some people own H3 but not the MCC
  • There's also the fact that everyone agrees that MCC is broken as hell. Games are laggy, and there are so many bugs in multiplayer.