Now that the Halo 3 update has had time to sink in, many of you have questions. Fortunately we have answers.
There are a lot of common questions surfacing in our forums in the wake of the recently released title update. In an effort to address these queries in one fell swoop, here is the official TU2 FAQ. We will update this with new information as needed.
Halo 3 TU2 Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can you please clarify exactly how the “7 on 7” achievement will be earned?
You will get this achievement once you hit 7 EXP in any single playlist on the 7th of the month. For example, you could have 5 EXP in Team Slayer and then on 10/7 go in and win 2 more games, hitting a total of 7 EXP and unlocking the achievement. If you already have 7 EXP or greater in a playlist before the 7th of the month, you won’t be able to earn the achievement in that playlist. We will be releasing a new playlist on the 7th of the month in which everyone will start with zero EXP. In this playlist, you have a clean slate and can just focus on earning 7 EXP before the end of the day. The first chance to earn this will be on 10/7.
Q: I’m confused about the “Annual” achievement. How does that work?
For starters, please note that we made a change on the back-end and decided to enable this achievement as of the release of TU2(rather than waiting until 9/25 as was initially advertised). We'd prefer to err on the side of letting people get it early than having some people left out since 9/25 occurs at different times all over the world. To get it, play a Legendary co-op Halo 3 game on LIVE with four people and finish the level “Halo” in Ghosts, with the Iron Skull enabled. You don’t have to beat the entire game in a Ghost, but feel free to try if you want.
Q: Now that you have a per-playlist rating system and an achievement tied to earning a Lieutenant rating in a playlist, there seems to be more people EXP boosting than ever before. What is being done about this?
. Our new system is nearly online and when it’s unleashed it will automatically detect and deal with this issue. In the interim, we are manually reviewing player activities and unleashing the Banhammer as appropriate. The base penalty for first time offenders will be a two week EXP ban – this means you will not be able to earn ANY exp for two weeks. You will also be under close scrutiny for any future infractions, potentially resulting in harsher punishments. If someone manages to slip through the cracks and boost their way to General before they are caught, we will dish out appropriately stricter punishments up to preventing you from playing entirely. Play the game the correct way or you will end up riding hard on the business end of the Banhammer. You have been warned.
Q: Halo 3 seems to have more/less lag than it did before the TU2. What gives?
There is nothing in the update that impacts or changes the networking code or performance for Halo 3. It’s possible there’s an influx of people who haven’t played in a while and might not have current hosting history data for their profile yet. It’s also possible that the population influx is leading to better host selection. Choice is powerful!
Q: My Security Shoulders/Katana never unlocked when I originally earned my 750/1000 gamerscore. Will they finally unlock when I earn the new achievements?
: Unfortunately there is a known bug with these two unlockable items that sometimes results in players not getting them when they should. Our testing has shown that in some cases, people do get these items as they earn additional gamerscore through the new achievements but sometimes they do not. This is being investigated further.
Q: I should have the Spartan Officer Achievement but it did not unlock for me. What gives?
The Spartan Officer Achievement used to require a GLOBAL ranking of Lieutenant (not to be confused with the new “Lightswitch” achievement which is earned by obtaining a rating of Lieutenant in a single playlist). We are aware of some problems with people disconnecting/powering down too soon after they finished the game that earns them the achievement. The problem is that the actual results of the game and awarding of the EXP happens on the back-end and is arbitrated by the LIVE service. If you disconnect before that completes, you won’t actually get credit.
The good news is that now the Spartan Officer, UNSC Spartan and Graduate achievements are all tied to the new per-playlist rating. So if you have already surpassed those milestones on a global level but never earned them, you can do it again by earning the appropriate EXP level in a specific playlist. However, the pin that shows up in your Service Record is still tied to a global rating. So you can unlock the achievements by earning EXP in a playlist but you won’t get the pin unless you satisfy the original global criteria. Whew. Got all that?
Q: Bungie only talked about 10 achievements and 250 gamer points but Xbox.com shows many more achievements for Halo 3 now and a total of 750 new points to earn. What’s up with that?
: The work for the Halo 3 Title Update and the new achievements began long, long ago. At that time, we had one view of the future of Halo 3 and a general plan for how, when and where some of the remaining multiplayer maps would get released. Those plans have since changed. We do have new maps still coming to Halo 3 but the release specifics are still being worked out with our partners. We didn’t want to delay the release of TU2 as there are still a lot of cool things about it that do benefit players immediately so we decided to forge ahead. The downside is that you now have to stare at mysterious achievements with no context until all is revealed at a later date. Rest assured though that they aren’t going anywhere, they will still be there, ready to be earned when the time is right.
Q: I just did XYZ in a game on Cold Storage but I didn't get the achievement. Why not?
Cold Storage has been lumped in with Legendary DLC maps for the purposes of matchmaking but it is not really a "Legendary" map in terms of the achievement requirements. Avalanche, Blackout and Ghost Town are the three eligible maps for the new achievements.
Q: Why did you do X to Matchmaking!? It's awesome/terrible!
If you have questions or suggestions regarding matchmaking playlists, please head over to the Optimatch Forum
and share them there.
We will continue to monitor our forums for other common questions and issues and they will be addressed in the weekly update on Friday.