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

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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

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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

Maps

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

Playlists

  • 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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Other

  • 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

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