Microsoft gives away free XBLA game

Jan 4, 2008

Microsoft will offer a free Xbox Live Arcade game to all XBL users as compensation for the problems with the Xbox Live service over the Christmas period.

Gamer's who wanted to bust kneecaps (or just shout abuse) over Live during the holiday season were frequently met with connection problems due to "intermittent issues" with the service.

To make it up to you, however, Marc Witten, general manager for Xbox Live has revealed: "We will be offering all of our Xbox Live members around the world access to a full Xbox Live Arcade game that will be available to download free of charge." Nice.

Witten puts the issues down to a record-breaking season for Xbox Live use:

"During this past holiday season you helped us break a number of Xbox Live records.

This included our largest sign-up of new members to Xbox Live in our five year history and just yesterday you broke the record for the single biggest day of concurrent members ever on the service.

"As a result of this massive increase in usage we know that some of you experienced intermittent Xbox Live issues over the holiday break. While the service was not completely offline at any given time, we are disappointed in our performance.

"In the coming weeks we will be sharing the specific details of this offer with you," promises Witten on the official blog.

Let's hope it's something good (Metal Slug 3, please!).

Courtesy of CVG.