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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a compilation of Halo games released on Xbox One on November 11, 2014, for $59.99 USD.[1] The compilation includes Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, and all of their original multiplayer modes.[2] The Halo 3: ODST campaign was later added as an add-on DLC.[3]

Development and MarketingEdit

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection began simply as an idea for Halo 2: Anniversary after Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary released.[citation needed] During development, the team had the idea to put all of the games featuring John-117 on one disc.[citation needed]

343 Industries themselves developed the unified user interface and handled the online matchmaking service,[4] but they outsourced several other parts of the collection to third-party developers. Saber Interactive remastered the Halo 2 campaign,[4] and Blur Studio created pre-rendered CGI videos for the Halo 2 campaign.[4] Certain Affinity created the new Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer and designed the maps.[4]

At E3 2013, 343 Industries announced a new Halo game to be released in the fall of 2014,[citation needed] leading fans to speculate that the game was Halo 5.[citation needed] At E3 2014, the game was revealed to be Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[citation needed]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection went gold on October 17, 2014.[5] It was released on November 11, 2014, in most countries around the world.[2][5] It released on November 12, 2014 in Belgium and November 14, 2014 in France.[5]

GameplayEdit

CampaignEdit

Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains every Campaign level from the included games playable in their original engines. All missions are unlocked from the start.[2] The 15 Halo 2 Campaign missions were remastered for Halo 2: Anniversary. Each game runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second,[6] with the exception of the Halo 2: Anniversary Campaign, which runs at 1328x1080 as a result of running two rendering engines at the same time.[7][8][9]

The Collection will support both split-screen and online cooperative play. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary and Halo 2: Anniversary will support a maximum of two players while Halo 3 and Halo 4 will support a maximum of two players locally and four players online.[10]

The Campaign system features Mission Playlists, which contain mixes of missions within the same Campaign or mixes of missions spanning multiple Campaigns.[2]

On May 30, 2015, the Halo 3: ODST campaign was added as add-on DLC for $4.99. Players who had played Halo: The Master Chief Collection on or before December 19, 2014, received a free download code.[3]

Campaigns included in The Master Chief Collection:

MultiplayerEdit

Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains every official multiplayer map, including DLC and PC-exclusive maps, from the included games playable in their original engines.[10] Six Halo 2 multiplayer maps were remade in a modified engine for Halo 2: Anniversary.[4] Each game runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second.[6]

The Master Chief Collection supports online matchmaking with dedicated servers and a 1-50 skill ranking system.[6][11] Some matchmaking playlists will be dedicated to a specific game while others will contain voting options across multiple games.[6]

Forge and Theater modes are available for Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, and Halo 4 multiplayer.[2][6][12][13]

All fifty Spartan Ops missions were added in the December 22, 2014 Title Update.

Multiplayer engines included in The Master Chief Collection:

FeaturesEdit

Players navigate the Collection via the Master Menu, a unified interface through which players can access every mission, multiplayer mode, and customization option for each game.[2]

Halo: Nightfall and the Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer beta are accessible through The Master Chief Collection.[2] Additionally, exclusive content unlocked in The Master Chief Collection will carry over to Halo 5: Guardians.[1]

Completing certain requirements in Halo: The Master Chief Collection unlocks additional credits in Halo: Spartan Strike.[14] Likewise, completing certain requirements in Halo: Spartan Strike unlocks a Spartan Strike-themed emblem, avatar, and nameplate in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.[14]

Pre-Order BonusesEdit

The following is a list of pre-order bonuses from participating retailers. All Skull bonuses are timed exclusives.[15]

  • Amazon
    • Piñata Skull: enemies drop plasma grenades with every melee.[15]
  • Best Buy
  • GameStop
  • Microsoft Store
    • $10 Xbox Live gift card code[16]
    • "My Other Car is a Warthog" throwback license plate frame[17]
    • Master Chief Window Decal[17]
    • Boom Skull: 2x explosion radius.[17]
  • ShopTo
    • Bonded Pair Skull: In co-op, when one player dies, the other receives a 100% damage boost for 60 seconds. Exclusive until December 12, 2014.[18]
  • GAME
    • Limited Edition
      • Prima Games Multiplayer Map Guide
      • Grunt Funeral Skull: Grunts explode after their deaths.
      • Limited Edition Steel Case[19]
    • MJOLNIR Edition
      • Prima Games Multiplayer Map Guide
      • Grunt Funeral Skull: Grunts explode after their deaths.
      • Limited Edition Steel Case
      • 30 cm (12 inch) Master Chief statue.[citation needed]

AchievementsEdit

Main article: List of Achievements for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The Master Chief Collection's achievements span each of the four games and are worth a total of 5,000 gamerscore. Upon the game's release, a title update added 50 multiplayer achievements worth 500 gamerscore to the list, and a second update on January 8, 2015 added 50 more worth the same value.[20]



VideoEdit

Announcement TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Announcement Trailer

Terminal TrailerEdit

Main article: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Terminal Trailer

GalleryEdit

Announcement TrailerEdit

Promotional ArtEdit

Pre-rendered CinematicsEdit

In-GameEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Not only does The Master Chief Collection take up all 45 GB available on a Blu-ray disc, but there was also an additional 15 GB launch update that contained some features and multiplayer content.[5] The campaign and some other features are accessible during the download.[5][21]
  • The additional content from Halo 4 Title Update v1.05 (which includes Champions Bundle content) is not available in The Master Chief Collection.
  • Players who had played the game between November 11, 2014, and December 19, 2014, will receive a free month of Xbox Live Gold, an in-game name plate, an in-game avatar, an upgraded Halo 3: ODST campaign, and a remastered Relic map, Remnant, in Halo 2: Anniversary as a thank you and compensation for the multiple issues with the game.[22]

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 GameStop - Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 YouTube - Xbox E3 2014 Media Briefing: Halo
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Xbox Wire - Halo: The Master Chief Collection Adds Remnant and Halo 3: ODST Today
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 IGN - E3 2014: Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5 Beta Announced for Xbox One
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Xbox Wire - Halo: The Master Chief Collection: We are Golden
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 YouTube - New Halo: Master Chief Collection Info and Gameplay - E3 2014
  7. YouTube - E3 2014: Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Bonnie Ross Interview 4:11
  8. NeoGAF - Halo Master Chief Collection: H1-4. H2 full remaster. 1080p60. $59.99 Nov 11 Xbox One View Single Post
  9. IGN - The Horse You Rode In On (A Master Chief Collection Story)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Halo Waypoint - The Halo Bulletin 6.19.2014
  11. YouTube - Full Halo Gamescom Panel 2014 (Halo 5, Halo Collection, Ect.) 6:34
  12. Halo Waypoint - The Halo Bulletin: Assault on the Controller Settings
  13. NeoGAF - Halo: Master Chief Collection Master Thread | This is it, baby. Hold me. - Page 21
  14. 14.0 14.1 IGN - Halo: Spartan Strike Announced for Windows Devices and Steam
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Halo Waypoint - The Halo Bulletin 6.25.15
  16. Microsoft Store - Buy Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Beyond Entertainment - Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Pre-order Bonuses
  18. ShopTo - Halo: The Master Chief Collection Inc Exclusive Bonded Pair
  19. Twitter - GAME
  20. IGN - Halo: The Master Chief Collection Achievements
  21. Eurogamer - Halo: The Master Chief Collection's massive day one update shrinks to 15GB
  22. Halo Waypoint - A Thank You to Our Fans from Bonnie Ross



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