This news is probably circulating everywhere now, but Microsoft sent over an e-mail (attached past the break) with a statement regarding the Xbox Live problems over the holiday season. A usage spike was the reason for the unstable performance and the excuse I use for my poor performance at Senko no Ronde over those few days.
To compensate for the annoyance Microsoft is giving gamers around the world a free Xbox Live Arcade game. Details about what game they’re planning on giving away are coming at a later time . Logically, it’s going to be either an existing title or a game we don’t know about yet. I know that sounds obvious, it’s supposed to. If the free game is an existing title it has to be something prepared for all regions. Remember, this is a gift for the world, not just a single country. So, without further ado I present to you India’s list of Xbox Live Arcade games. They have the smallest selection in the world and if it’s going to be a known game it’s going to be one of these:
Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Street Fighter II
Marble Blast Ultra
castlevania: Symphony of Night
Bankshot Billiards 2
Sensible World of Soccer
Metal Slug 3
Read the official letter from Marc Whitten, General Manager of Xbox Live, past the break.
Dear Xbox LIVE Members:
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 5 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. I would like to take this moment to thank you each and every one of you for your patience and understanding as our team has worked around the clock to return the service to a stable state.
At the same time we would like to offer a token of our appreciation to all of you in celebration of record success for the service. And as a thank you for your loyalty during this holiday period, 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. In the coming weeks we will be sharing the specific details of this offer with you.
Thank you again for helping make Xbox LIVE everything that it is today!
General Manager, Xbox LIVE