Everything You Need to Know About Halo: The Master Chief Collection

The ultimate Halo experience is arriving on Xbox One this November 11.

Announced during Microsoft’s E3 2014 press conference, here is everything you need to know about Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

All lists gathered from details provided by VentureBeat and TotalXbox.

What’s Included

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition (Xbox)
  • Halo 2 Anniversary Edition (Xbox)
  • Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
  • Halo 4 (Xbox 360)
  • Halo: Nightfall (Digital Video Series)
  • Halo 5: Guardians (Early Multiplayer Beta Access on Xbox One, runs December 27 – January 17)
  • All DLC for all games, including Halo: CE PC maps
  • Over 100 multiplayer maps

What’s Not Included

  • Halo 3: ODST
  • Halo Reach
  • Any Halo game that does not star Master Chief

Performance Upgrades

  • Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Edition gets new lighting, now runs at 60FPS and 1080p
  • Halo 2 gets revamped and upgraded “Anniversary” visuals, now runs at 60FPS and 1080p
  • Halo 3 gets new lighting, now runs at 60FPS and 1080p.
  • Halo 4 gets new lighting, now runs at 60FPS and 1080p.
  • Halo: CE Anniversary and Halo 2 Anniversary offer “classic mode,” still 60FPS
  • All multiplayer maps will appear in original form, except for the six Halo 2 Anniversary Edition multiplayer maps
  • Original Halo 2 multiplayer designer Max Hoberman involved in Anniversary Edition redesigns
  • Multiplayer will run on dedicated servers


Similarities / Differences – Campaign

  • Other than visual improvements and the ability to play all four Halo campaigns on an Xbox One controller, everything is presented as is
  • No story changes
  • No gameplay tweaks
  • No new modes
  • No old modes taken out
  • All unlockables in same place
  • Will offer new Terminals in Halo 2 Anniversary Edition campaign
  • Terminals will be easier to find
  • Co-op playable in all campaigns
  • All campaign missions and levels unlocked from start
  • Special achievement for completing all campaigns
  • New epilogue cinematic ties all four Halo titles together and helps set up Halo 5: Guardians
  • 4000 Gamerscore made up of old and new Achievements


Similarities / Differences – Multiplayer

  • Other than visual improvements and the ability to play all Halo titles on an Xbox One controller, all multiplayer suites are left as is
  • No “universal” multiplayer that incorporates all gameplay elements and mechanics from all four games
  • Halo: Combat Evolved multiplayer offered in its original form
  • Halo 2 Anniversary Edition multiplayer is separate from Halo 2 multiplayer
  • Players will have a single rank that spans across all Halo titles
  • Forge returns in Halo 3 and 4 and is introduced to Halo 2 Anniversary
  • Controls change from Halo to Halo, or you can pick a universal controller scheme
  • Halo 3’s specific controller layouts will not be available as a universal controller scheme option


Halo: Combat Evolved

  • Battle Creek
  • Blood Gulch
  • Boarding Action
  • Chill Out
  • Chiron TL-34
  • Damnation
  • Danger Canyon (PC)
  • Death Island (PC)
  • Derelict
  • Gephyrophobia (PC)
  • Hang ‘Em High
  • Ice Fields (PC)
  • Infinity (PC)
  • Longest
  • Prisoner
  • Rat Race
  • Sidewinder
  • Timberland (PC)
  • Wizard

Halo 2

  • Ascension
  • Backwash
  • Beaver Creek
  • Burial Mounds
  • Coagulation
  • Colossus
  • Containment
  • Desolation
  • District (PC)
  • Elongation
  • Foundation
  • Gemini
  • Headlong
  • Ivory Tower
  • Lockout
  • Midship
  • Relic
  • Sanctuary
  • Terminal
  • Tombstone
  • Turf
  • Uplift (PC)
  • Warlock
  • Waterworks
  • Zanzibar

Halo 2 Remastered in “native” Xbox One engine

  • Ascension
  • Lockout
  • Zanzibar
  • ???
  • ???
  • ???

Halo 3

  • Assembly
  • Avalanche
  • Blackout
  • Boundless
  • Citadel
  • Cold Storage
  • Construct
  • Epilogue
  • Epitaph
  • Foundry
  • Ghost Town
  • Guardian
  • Heretic
  • High Ground
  • Isolation
  • Last Resort
  • Longshore
  • Onslaught
  • Orbital
  • Pit Stop
  • Rat’s Nest
  • Sandbox
  • Sandtrap
  • Snowbound
  • Standoff
  • The Pit
  • Valhalla

Halo 4

  • Abandon
  • Adrift
  • Ascent
  • Complex
  • Daybreak
  • Erosion
  • Exile
  • Forge Island
  • Grifball Court
  • Harvest
  • Haven
  • Impact
  • Landfall
  • Longbow
  • Meltdown
  • Monolith
  • Outcast
  • Perdition
  • Pitfall
  • Ragnarok
  • Ravine
  • Relay
  • Settler
  • Shatter
  • Skyline
  • Solace
  • Vertigo
  • Vortex
  • Wreckage


  • Will offer mixed themed campaign playlists across all Halo titles
  • Will offer mixed themed multiplayer playlists across all Halo titles
  • Will offer one giant mixed playlist including maps and modes across all Halo titles
  • Examples:
    • “Vehicle Playground” – vehicle-oriented campaign levels from all four Halos titles
    • “Final Four” – final chapters from all four Halo titles
    • “Hogs” – campaign levels that feature the Warthog jeep
    • “Flood” – campaign levels that feature the Flood
    • “Capture the Flag Hopper” – CTF on all Halo maps

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  • Halo Waypoint details to be announced soon
  • No cross-platform play (Xbox 360 – Xbox One)
  • Will retail for $60
  • Microsoft is discussing discounts for owners of previous Halo titles, though it’s unlikely



  • Are you pumped?


  • You should probably get pumped

  • xkingxnitemare

    im pumped. especially for that Halo 5 beta

  • Joel Santana

    Good read.

  • Enochrewt

    I wonder if Bungie ever thought Destiny would directly competing competing with every other game they’ve ever made.

    My enthusiasm for 60fps Halo is tempered by the fact that the multiplayer balancing in Halo 2 is so flawed, and I feel like most people are going to want to play Halo 2 variants so they can pretend they’re good with their button glitch combos.

    And LOL at the flood campain playlist, that’s a special kind of hell, making people play the Library over and over again.

    • WSTCDE

      The damned Library…

      • Nostalgia

        I was hoping that if the Halo 2 Anniversary rumor was true that the matchmaking would be the same as well, as while I loved Halo 2 in its entirety.. I LOVED the random shenanigans of bounce jumps (I don’t remember the exact name they were given all those years ago) that launched you in the air super high as well as the Energy Sword lunges. *Yes, I was one of the few people who ONLY did it in privately setup lobbies.

  • If this didn’t come out literally the week after Advanced Warfare, a couple weeks after Hardline, and a month after Destiny, yeah, I’d totally marathon all campaigns. May have to push that off ’til Spring or just do one level a night. God dammit. Too many shooters.

    • thatoneguy

      I think I’m going to have to set up a separate bank account just for all the games coming out.

      • OR, start a website and get review copies 😛

        • Joel Santana

          And hope the publisher doesn’t send the review copy to the wrong writer. lol

          • OR for the wrong platform. But I suppose that’d be hard to mess up in this case.

            • Joel Santana


  • xHDx

    I wish the missions were locked. I hope it still progresses to the next mission because of this. I have agreed to place all of them through on legendary Coop with my mate, so that should be hell but fun. Then I think I’ll test out the new Halo 2 Forge.

    • SupremeVishnu

      They said that there will be a playlist to do all the campaign missions in one go.

  • ZombieShot078

    Question: What engine will the multiplayer run on? For example, will Halo 3’s multiplayer look just like it did back in 2007 (with 60fps and 1080p, obviously), then play a Halo: CE map that looks like 2001? Or the remastered Anniversary version? I’m a little fuzzy on the details.

    Also, does anyone know how armor unlocks will work out? The article says that there will be on rank across all the Halo titles, so unlocking Halo 4’s armor and so on must be different. If 343 hasn’t explained any of this, I look forward to seeing how they will handle these things.

    • xHDx

      Each game will run on it’s own engine which it was created with, so yes, the games will look exactly like they did back then.

      I think there will be an overall rank for cross-game and then separate ranks for each game otherwise the Armour unlocking wouldn’t work very well. At least this is how I think it will be.

    • Halo 3 and Halo 4 will look as they did when they were originally released, but with improved lighting/shadows and will run at 60FPS and 1080p, like you said.

      I believe Halo: CE Anniversary’s multiplayer maps will also appear as they did in their original and old-as-heck Xbox form, but will run at 60FPS. (Can you even make something like that 1080p?)

      All of Halo 2’s multiplayer maps will also appear as they did in their original Xbox form, OR you can choose to play the Halo 2 Anniversary playlist (separate) that included six of Halo 2’s multiplayer maps completely revamped and updated on the Xbox One engine.

      In case you’re wondering, what I take from this is that Halo 2 Anniversary will ‘look’ the best out of all the Halo titles offered.

      • Nostalgia

        Why wouldn’t the Halo CE and Halo 2 maps appear as their updated versions, NOT to be mistaken with the six special maps that will be completely revamped. Going from an original looking Halo 3 map to an original looking Halo CE map would likely be a total brain-f***.

        I thought Halo 3 and Halo 4 were both going to be “remastered” (further that just lighting/shadows) just wouldn’t be getting the full “Anniversary” treatment like Halo CE did and Halo 2 will be getting. I unfortunately couldn’t watch the post-conference so I don’t know if details were mentioned there.

        Since the rank will be universal across all Halo titles, seems reasonable enough to believe we’ll all start back off at level 0. And I’d hope all armor unlocks and everything will be available from the start..

        • Will Hamlett

          I don’t think they saw it as a necessity to overhaul the graphics on a pair of last gen games. The most either could benefit from honestly(esp. Halo 4) was advanced lighting and a higher frame rate. Dedicated servers don’t hurt either. That would be like Sony totally redoing the engine for The Last of Us for a re-release on PS4, which they didn’t.

          • Nostalgia

            I’ll give you that with Halo 4 but Halo 3 was sub-720p, if I’m not mistaken and it definitely could have used more than “advanced lighting”.

            Definitely, the higher frame rate and dedicated servers will be pretty nice.

            You think we’ll see a Halo 3 Anniversary in 2017? haha

  • NuttyTheSquirrel

    It would be so fucking awesome if this came out on PC 🙁 . I never played Halo, but I’ve heard so many good things about the game, specially the campaigns.

    • Nostalgia

      Looks like you need to pick yourself up an Xbox One.. But invest the extra $100, it’s definitely worth it from just the voice commands alone!

  • Nap Risk

    I wonder if my rank will be the same from the 360. Like Halo 4 i’m sr 107, But I hope i’m still sr 107 on the xbox one version. I don’t wanna start all over.

    • I have a hunch that you’ll be reset to a universal rank of zero, but that all Halo multiplayer content in all games will be unlocked from the get-go, including weapons, armor, abilities, etc. I only say that because it’d simply be too much work to try to rank up and unlock everything separately in four different Halo titles. That and Dan Ayoub did stress: “everything unlocked on one disc,” though he may have been referring exclusively to the campaign missions.

      It might also make sense that, let’s say, if you reach level 20 in unlocks in Halo 2, you unlock the equivalent in in Halo 4, Halo 3, and Halo CE.

      Just speculating.

  • Martin

    So this will have online multiplayer for every game included? Would love to be able to play all those maps again

    • Yep!

      • Martin

        So say me and a few buddies could play halo 1-4 (besides the obvious ones not included )against you or just anyone in a matchmaking lobby? They were just very vague at their presentation. I thought they said they were only bringing halo 2s multiplayer back. If what you say is true David, then this game is well worth 59.99.

        • Will Hamlett

          Yea the presentation the gut said that all the multiplayer for all the games was coming back. He also said that again at the post conference. Games gonna be nice.

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  • Azza

    This is what you call a HD collection, not a shitty hd ‘port’. I would definitely buy this if I had an xbox one, especially since the game is co op split screen, something that has been missing in next gen titles…

  • Mr_Trillionaire

    If this comes out with an Master Chief themed Xbox One w/ the game ill get it all.

  • Can’t wait for this one!!!

  • Michael Bayless

    Halo CEA maps were just a DLC for Halo Reach. We won’t be seeing them in the multiplayer since Reach is not returning.

  • Josh

    I better get my flaming recon

  • dvdbot

    It’s sad you can’t play together with people who play the same game on Xbox 360, luckly I’ve got Halo 3 and 4 on my Xbox 360 but now I have to plug it up again 😛