Late this month 343 Industries made changes to the Halo 3 Acrophobia Skull in Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Don’t worry, they did not change how it works, they just made it (much, much) easier to get. The ‘skull’ gameplay modifier used to be unlockable only by doing certain prerequisites from July 14 through July 29, 2020, but after there was much outcry about it, 343 Industries finally make alterations to the unlock requirement for Acrophobia Skull.
When Halo 3 was first released on PC The Master Chief Collection in early July, the way to unlock Acrophobia Skull was to defeat 343 flying enemies (either Sentinels, Drones, Banshees, and/or Phantoms will do) in Halo 3 campaign missions on Normal difficulty or harder. Now according to the July 29 patch notes, you can unlock both the Acrophobia skull and Alliance nameplate by simply logging in into Halo: The Master Chief Collection on either Xbox One or PC.
Although you should note that the patch note also said that after Halo 3: ODST is added to the Master Chief Collection on PC, the Alliance nameplate will no longer be available to unlock anymore; while the Acrophobia skull will be automatically added to the mission select menu for everyone — even if you haven’t unlocked it by defeating 343 flying enemies or logging in before. There’s still no concrete date when ODST will drop but they have teased that Halo 3: ODST Firefight (survival) mode is coming this summer.
Although considering the PC version’s previous release schedules: Halo CE Anniversary in March, Halo 2 Anniversary in May, and Halo 3 remastered in July, we might be getting ODST in another two months from now, hopefully around the middle of September?
Previously 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard said on Twitter that they were going to “extend the deadline to earn the skull and nameplate by at least 30 days.” But then the next day, the official @HaloSupport Twitter account confirmed that the 343 team has completely reworked the way you can grab your own Halo 3 Acrophobia Skull along with additional fixes to the game.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection just received an update on all platforms in order to update issues surrounding Challenges as well as updating the unlock criteria for the Acrophobia Skull and Alliance nameplate. Please see the patch notes for more info: https://t.co/U1E8KFi6Ko
— Halo Support (@HaloSupport) July 29, 2020
Have you unlocked the Halo 3 Acrophobia Skull (with our guide, maybe?) before July 30? Do you think they should’ve done this from the beginning? Tell us what you think in the comments.