Halo: Master Chief Collection Confirmed

During today’s Microsoft conference, Bonnie Ross confirmed the previously rumoured Halo: Master Chief Collection for Xbox One will launch on November 11th. This new collection is set to pack together all of the previous Halo games that starred the Master Chief into one convenient set, along with updating some of the series’ older content.

Included in the Master Chief Collection is Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, along with 4,000 achievement points to account for all four games. Halo 2 Anniversary is new for the collection, and will see Halo 2 get the same treatment as Halo Combat Evolved, with updated and retouched graphics that will run alongside a classic mode, should you want to see the game as it was at release.

Halo 2 Anniversary is also set to include the original multiplayer from the game, as well as six maps that have been updated to take full advantage of its new home on the Xbox One. In fact the collection will include multiplayer from all four games, featuring every multiplayer map from the four games (100 in total), running on their original engines but at 60 frames-per-second, and at 1080p. You can even use custom playlists to mix together content from varying games if that’s your sort of thing.

Beyond that, the collection will also include Halo: Knightfall, the new live action series that 343 Industries are working on with Ridley Scott, which is set to lead into Halo 5: Guardians.

Speaking of Guardians, Microsoft have also confirmed that the Master Chief Collection will include a beta for Halo 5’s multiplayer, focussing on arena multiplayer. The beta is set to include new game modes and features, and will run at 60 frames-per-seconds and utilise dedicated servers. However, this is set for a a release after the rest of the collection, coming sometime in December.

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7 Comments

  1. Pretty cool collection. Couldn’t have crammed much more in. And its even 1080/60 which will please (or disappoint) the naysayers.

  2. Dat milk ;)

    • You don’t have to buy it :P But for me who hasn’t owned the previous xbox consoles, it’s a very good value way to catch up on the story.

      1080p60 will be lovely but for players of the originals i’m sure it will feel very different.

      • I was joking with the ;)

        It’s good to have it all in one nice package, especially for those new to Xbox so they can go through all the Halos before Halo 5.

        I’ll pick it up for certain when I eventually get an Xbox One.

  3. To “quote” a certain person from the Last of Us PS4 thread … PortBox One
    I’m sure because they’re totally balanced and unbiased they’ll do the same here … oh wait!

  4. Loved 1st Halo..THE reason i bought my Xbox and by the gods did it impress me…..Halo 2..Fake E3 trailer…miss-leading advertising campain (like it’ll be set mostly on earth, Battle to save home planet, as if…..and rubbish ending)so i’d want to return to that because?…Halo 3 i loved, ran at sub HD, so would be fantastic to see remade…Halo 4, pushed 360, but felt it lacked a certain spark.No ODST? i bought that and if ANYTHING needed a graphical make-over, this was it, No Reach?????? Man alive, THE best Halo (SP) EVER……for myself or (cynical mode engaged..is that planned for Volume II MS? along with ODST, Halo wars etc…lol).

    Only ‘dabbled’ with the online side of Halo’s on the 360, zero appeal, felt like i was controlling action figures, never really been able to explain why i had that impression though….

    Oh and i bought Halo anni.on 360, very nice, but game has aged a bit.

    Will this convince me to get an Xbox One?.

    No…..

    Had enough HD collections last Gen, still getting through them now and that includes HD remakes of PS2 games i missed 1st time (God Of War 2, 2nd PSP game, entire Jak And Daxter series, Z.O.E II etc).

  5. Right, I said I’d buy an Xbox if this was announced. I’m keeping that promise.

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