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

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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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