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Halo: The Master Chief Collection, New Details Shared by the Developer
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a massive project. That is why I figured that no matter how much we already know about it, there is always more that is still to be unfolded. Believing the same, 343 Industries held an expansive Q & A session on the Halo Waypoint website where old and new chunks of information were listed together.
We have siphoned out the facts that were not known previously to us and found out quite a lot. For starters (and it might be a surprise for you), we have been told that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is actually older than Halo 4! Yes, it has been in development since before the time of the last game in Halo series.
The community manager Andy Dudynsky has confirmed that they ‘started thinking about exactly how [they] were going to debut on Xbox One several years ago, prior to releasing Halo 4.’
As far as the Halo 2 multiplayer is concerned, he said that they are trying their best to ensure 1080p at 60fps although the original game had a lot of dependencies at 30fps. That is why they are going for the pot patch version of the game. Also, the button combos will be the same in Halo 2 though this will not be the case in the Anniversary edition.
That being said, one thing that might not like is that there will be no spectator mode in the game. This is because the developers are counting on the Twitch services to fill in the spot. The latter will ensure streaming of ‘matches, speedruns forge sessions and more.’
As far as the Forge editor is concerned, Dudynsky has said that though you will be able to share complete levels, you should wait a little while for more on it. As of now, what he was able to give us is that Halo 3, Halo 4 and six of the redone Halo 2 Anniversary maps will be forgeable.
He also shared the campaign co-op breakdown four titles when asked if there will be local co-op and campaign:
Halo: CE Anniversary – 2 players max, split-screen or online
Halo 2: Anniversary – 2 players max, split-screen or online
Halo 3 – 4 players max online, 2 players max split-screen
Halo 4 – 4 players max online, 2 players max split-screen
Sadly, if you are an Xbox 360 owner and were hoping to get the collection on your console someday in the future, you are in for disappointment:
“We are dedicated to bringing a full and fun experience to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, providing you with dedicated servers, a unified interface, increased visual fidelity, and gameplay running at 60 fps. We do not have any plans to bring the game to Xbox 360 as the game size, enhanced features and technical specifications simply can’t support it.”
Last but not the least, you will be able to get the collection through Xbox One Marketplace as a digital download and still enjoy all the perks including the Halo 5: Guardians beta that launches on December 27.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on November 11.