It's going to be a good month for Halo: The Master Chief Collection players as a new patch will fix its major issues and Halo: ODST will join the anthology's epic ranks.

A major patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has dropped, bringing big-time improvements to every facet of the game and setting the table for a new campaign expansion coming next month. The patch touches on all four of the current campaigns, adding minor touches like improved weapon accuracy or heightened online connection stability. There's also some tweaks to the ranking system, such as removing that crappy system that made players drop multiple levels for losing a series of matches, and overall improvements to the party system.

Our favorite improvement has to be the enhanced penalties assessed to quitters and serial betrayers. All players who leave in the middle of a game for any reason will now be assessed a loss, which will negatively impact rankings. Furthermore all quits and betrayals are now being automatically tracked, so players who commit these crimes more often than the norm will be subject to further action. What that action is has yet to be seen, but we're glad that something is being done to put a damper on these annoyances.

In other Master Chief Collection news, the full story campaign for Halo 3: ODST is set to join the lineup next month, along with the official remake of the Relic map from Halo 2 that will be free to players who owned the game during its first month of release. ODST admittedly wasn't the best Halo game ever made, but the campaign is worth another Firefly-filled playthrough alongside the rest of the Halo saga.