It looks like you are going to have to dig just a little bit deeper into those shallow pockets of yours, if Bungie has anything to do with it. Not only were online ranked matches reset, but something a bit more sinister came to light. Without repurchasing the new maps, don't expect to access all the great playlists that you were able to use before the update. So says Bungie:
As a result of this map "repair", everyone who purchased the maps prior to Monday 5/7 will need to download them again. This
You will not, I repeat, you will NOT be billed a second time if youMore after the jump.
Did you catch that last part? Yes, they said billed again.
Tonight's update means that both new maps will be REQUIRED in order to participate in some of our matchmaking playlists. However, we are keeping several playlists in their oldschool state so if you don't have the new maps you will still have some options. Here's the breakdown of what will be available after this update:
I think NamelessTed from the Destructoid forums said it best:
"I am sure there are plenty of people that payed $50 for Halo2, maybe $60 for the special edition. Maybe they bought previous map packs, maybe they waited for them to become free. And I am sure a lot of them played in ranked matches. And now they are being forced to pay $4 if they want to continue to play the same game they have been playing for 2 years. I don't even play Halo2 but this has bullshit written all over it"
So there you have it. While we may be patiently waiting to finish the story in Halo 3, it wouldn't be a bad idea to head to the local Pharmacy and pick up a case of anal salve for our brutalized backsides. Thanks, Bungie!