— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) April 25, 2018
The collection of games that are available to play as backwards compatible titles has just expanded once again and its big news for fans of the Halo series. All of the games from the series that were originally launched on the Xbox 360 are now available to players, including Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo CE Anniversary.
With the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation there has already been a flurry of remastered versions of previously released titles. Halo: The Master Chief Collection however strives to provide more value than other offerings by including four games in one unique bundle, with the two oldest titles receiving an impressive graphical update. With Halo 5 not far away on the horizon, it is clear that this is a way for Microsoft to get Halo fans pumped up for the next release while also ensuring that Halo players get their hands on the Xbox One.
343 Studios is due to release a matchmaking update to fix problems with the online multiplayer component of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The update will not require players to download a patch, with the official Halo site pointing out that the changes will be made directly to their servers. According to executive producer Dan Ayoub, 343 Studios has received a number of complaints about different issues but are focusing on fixing the matchmaking issues as the number one priority so that players can get online and jump into the action.
Frank O’Connor, the head of Halo franchise development, has also defended the decision to release a 20GB update for The Master Chief Collection on launch. Speaking on NeoGAF, he explained that the update was not just a an update for game but rather content that would not fit on a single disc. “That’s not a patch,” said O’Connor. “ It’s content. The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs. Since the bulk of it is MP or MP related, the logic is sound. There will ALSO be a TU in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content.”
343 Studios have today released brand new screenshots of the cinematic cutscenes from Halo 2 Anniversary. The gallery below shows a number of important characters from the game including the Arbiter, Sergeant Johnson and one of the Prophets, with each being given more detail than ever before. Earlier in the year, Blur and 343 released a cinematic trailer on YouTube showing off their updated graphics but these latest screenshots but them completely to shame. It is important to remember though that these screenshots are CGI and in no way represent the graphics of the game itself – we are probably still a long way off from having these kind of visuals during gameplay.
In a surprise move GAME, the UK retailer that specialises in all things gaming, has revealed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a rather snazzy special edition. While Microsoft has yet to officially comment on the package, the fact that it is listed on GAME’s website and is available to pre-order suggests that this is the real deal.