The latest title update for Halo Reach has botched the multiplayer experience for some. Those with the beta disc sent with the prior Dashboard test for the new DVD format can no longer access multiplayer after the recent title update. After 343 Industries stated they were working on a solution, it turns out it must not be fixable.
E-mails are going out to those players affected, Microsoft making up for the error with a free digital Games on Demand version of Reach. The code for the download should be in your inbox already or it will be soon. The question remains what happens if you don’t have the hard drive space. The e-mail doesn’t specify. E-mail text follows:
Earlier this year, you participated in the Xbox LIVE Public Preview program and were provided a copy of Halo: Reach as part of your participation. Unfortunately, this Halo: Reach “preview disc” cannot be updated with a conventional Title Update, causing the game to be unplayable after the recent Halo: Reach Title Update on September 21, 2011. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
To get you back online with Halo: Reach, below is a code for the Games on Demand version of the game. Once the code is redeemed and your copy of Halo: Reach is downloaded, the game will work as usual, including the features added by the title update. All of your Halo Reach game saves will work normally as well. You may then discard the disc from the Public Preview program.
Please note that this Games on Demand version of Halo: Reach will require you to have some storage on your Xbox 360 – a hard drive or USB of at least 6.6 gigabytes.