When the news of Halo The Master Chief Collection coming to PC hit the internet, fans all across the globe rejoiced. 343 Industries was supposed to release Halo MCC within 2019. The beta was supposed to start this month after previous delays. It seems Halo The Master Chief Collection beta testing has been delayed yet again due to technical difficulties, but you can still expect beta to start after E3 2019.
During a recent Halo Community update on Reddit, 343 Industries’ community director Brian Jarrard announced the delay,
“Currently it doesn’t look like public flighting [testing] will begin prior to E3,” Jarrard added. “The team has made a lot of progress on a number of areas but everything is just taking time (in some cases longer than initially anticipated).”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Halo: The Master Chief Collection beta testing has been delayed. The beta testing was supposed to start way back in April but was delayed by 343 Industries’ “complexities”.
And granted, porting a whole bunch of console games to PC and shipping them as a collection isn’t a piece of cake.
“PC is considerably more complicated and requires a lot more work,” Jarrard wrote in an April update. Of course, this adds a bit of disappointment since fans have been patiently waiting ever since the MCC was announced at the start of 2019.
But if 343 Industries is taking its time polishing and perfecting the collection, it probably is worth the wait. We all remember when the collection was first released as an Xbox exclusive but suffered from matchmaking issues. No one wants to see an unfinished product after waiting for it this much.
The important thing to understand here is that the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is not just a single game, it is the collection of several Halo titles including The upcoming classic Halo game collection includes Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), Halo 4, and Halo Reach.
Each game is different from the previous and each game has to be ported to PC individually. Furthermore, PC hardware is quite different from console hardware, developers have to consider various permutations of specs.
Consoles have a consistent hardware build but PCs can have different builds from different manufacturers. Your PC build can differ from my PC build. The developers have to take these combinations of hardware into consideration. This is why it takes a lot of time and effort for a developer to successfully port a console game to PC.
Various leaks have pointed towards Microsoft showing Halo: Infinite at E3 2019. Even though Infinite isn’t a part of the collection, it is highly possible we will get at least a hint of The Master Chief Collection release date. In any case, The Master Chief Collection should begin when E3 2019 is over. After all, we won’t have to wait that much since E3 is just around the corner.