New Skulls, Forge Returns, and More Coming in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

A Forerunner to fun.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is, so far, the closest we've come to a Criterion Collection edition of a video game. It’s a massive anthology spanning four games, the Halo Nightfall digital series, and an invitation to the Halo 5 beta. When we last saw the game, we caught a glimpse at the improvements to Halo 2’s anniversary edition, multiplayer changes, and the playlist feature that lets you relive themed events across the entire Halo series. Here at E3 2014, developer 343 Industries talked us through some more of the nuts and bolts changes coming in this collection.

Right off the bat, the developers noted that both saved films and Forge will exist in the Master Chief Collection where they existed before. That means they’re not going to be adding saved films to the original Halo, for example. The only exception to that rule are six remixed multiplayer maps for Halo 2, which the original multiplayer game designer of Halo 2 is personally designing. Players will be able to edit those maps in Forge. As for Halo Waypoint, the team is committed to continue supporting this feature, however they weren't ready to go into the specifics yet as they’re still working out the details. More information to come at Gamescom later this year.

Both saved films and Forge will exist in the Master Chief Collection where they existed before. That means they’re not going to be adding saved films to the original Halo, for example.

Speaking of Halo 2 Anniversary, this game will let you swap between the remastered visual style and the original visuals with the press of a button--just like in the original Halo Anniversary. But unlike the original Halo Anniversary, this transition is almost instantaneous, instead of first fading to black during the switch.

Since this collection spans five Halo games, you will be hopping between some very different control styles and game engines. The developers admitted it will be a bit jarring between them, however, they have some options in place to make it a smoother transition. For the Halo purists out there, you will be able to use the original control scheme for each of the Halo games, but if you want something a little more convenient they will also include a unified control scheme that applies for all games.

Also included in this anthology is an invitation to the Halo 5 beta. This beta opens up roughly a year ahead of Halo 5’s release, so the developers stressed this is a genuine beta and not just a demo in disguise. It will be a polished experience, but they are looking for fan feedback and input to help shape the final game. The beta will run for three weeks from December to January, and will be comprised of single multiplayer mode. The developers wouldn't reveal said mode, but did tease it with an image of a red helmet with a "5" on the forehead. Your guess is as good as mine on that one.

Finally, the developers noted that, among this game's many other additions, the Master Chief Collection will also include a whole host of new skulls to test your abilities. While they didn't go into details, they did note that there are now 30 skulls total for players to test their skills against. With all of its improvements and additions, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is shaping up to be a real treat for Halo fans. Hopefully, other developers will take note and treat some of their classic franchises with the same love 343 has shown Halo.

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68 comments
lazygames
lazygames

If they ever bring this to PC my pants will literally explode.


But my pants are probably safe for now

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

Getting two copies of this man November needs to get here quick

jayjay444
jayjay444

Halo 2 one remake to rule them all, One remake to find them, One remake to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Don't think I'll buy this.. I love Halo but want some new experiences this year.. HOWEVER, this is the greatest value for money I think we've seen in gaming... So much content and so much love for the roots of the franchise.. Just brilliant! 

justinka777
justinka777

dang it, I already gave the finger to Microsoft and told them they would never be able to give me a reason to want a Xbox one..... guess I'm a liar now.

Faster_Bill
Faster_Bill

The most boring, overrated FPS game in the history...

FLEEBS
FLEEBS

What an awesome collection, and only 60 bucks, too! I can't wait for this!

NTM23
NTM23

Hm, what games are coming next that I want? I know The Last of Us, but other than that, I don't know. I also want Metro Redux. This may mean I can save up for all these great games coming. :)

NTM23
NTM23

Man, this looks good. I don't however like the idea of switching over to the original version with a button press away. I know they want to show off what the difference is, but I just kind of wish it wasn't there. It'd probably distract me. 

justicar_1
justicar_1

I am excited about this collection.

dogknight6
dogknight6

With the first Halo being imported along with it's multiplayer which used the Reach engine, here's hoping that they import Halo Reach which was probably my favorite out of the series

Slagar
Slagar

Bring this to PC PLEASE? D:

Ovirew
Ovirew

And some new skulls to boot, huzzah!

eman123
eman123

I got an idea lets make a game of games of games.... and leave the one with the best campaign (Reach) out..............Facepalms can I get a high five for FAIL?

BuzzLiteBeer
BuzzLiteBeer

@lazygames This is the only way I will ever play Halo. I've never owned a console or television (feels extraneous when I can have everything on one machine for work, play, and everything else). 

xyz54321
xyz54321

@PSYCHOV3N0M that's awesome news. Halo used to be my #1 game until they introduced Armor Abilities and ruined the multiplayer IMO. Halo 3 was the last good multiplayer. I wouldn't mind them bringing back Multi-Team as well. 

chewmcgoo
chewmcgoo

@PSYCHOV3N0M Wow this is great news!! Am i the only one who would love seeing health bars again?? That would make halo 5 perfect.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@Faster_Bill  Still the most relevant shooter of this decade (and last). Halo has set the standard for shooters which has not been surpassed. What shooters do you play?

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

Sorry killzone shadowfall didn't work out for you then. But that's ok we'll enjoy our MASTER chief collection.

rasterror
rasterror

You know you're not on an article about Kill Zone right?

kerc_chaos
kerc_chaos

@Faster_Bill

Themes in Halo

1. Religious fanaticism

2. Origins of the species

3. The ethics of breeding children for war

4. The ethics of human augmentation

5. The capacity for AI to evolve into loving entities (Cortana's relationship with the Chief)


Fitcherman
Fitcherman

@Faster_Bill lol get out of here Bill, if you don't like Halo then what the heck are you doing reading about Halo?  A lot of us can't get enough of Halo multiplayer.

themc_7
themc_7

@Faster_Bill It actually has an amazing story, set in a fascinating universe. There's a lot of lore and backstory. 

dani_i89
dani_i89

@daikkenaurora12  Wow...you actually spELL LiKe THiS? Give me an old second hand copy of Halo 1 with an original Xbox over a PS4 with Killzone anyday.

A8ADD0N
A8ADD0N

@daikkenaurora12 


Yeah! How dare people get 100's of hours of entertainment out of something they buy instead of plowing through a 10 hour campaign and then putting the game back in the box never to play ever again?!?!

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@NTM23  Never heard of self control?  Just don't switch and you forget that you can.

dani_i89
dani_i89

@dogknight6  Why do people like Halo Reach so much? It was good, but the story wasn't as good as the others, and the characters were relatively forgetful. Definitely not the series shining moment.

trugamer91
trugamer91

@dogknight6 No the MP engine used for Halo CE is CE's. The same one you used to play on while LANing or split screening with your friends back in the day, It will NOT be using Reach's engine. It will be the original MP from CE, but now you can search matchmaking on it instead of system linking or split screening.

Foppe
Foppe

@Slagar People pirated the crap out of the first two Halo games, so it's a big no.

console_war_vet
console_war_vet

No, because Reach was the worst Halo (not counting the ODST crapfest). Master Chief IS Halo.

oflow
oflow

@rasterror He's waiting for 2015 when some actual games come out on PS4.  Greatness Awaits. And Waits. Then Waits Some more!

ChiefReaver
ChiefReaver

@Foppe @Slagar This is the most bullshit excuse out there. Every game gets pirated to hell, yet they all make a profit. And if there's one thing companies like doing, it's making a profit.

monkeysxmoo35
monkeysxmoo35

@console_war_vet ODST was one of the best Halo games I've ever played. And a lot of other people agree with me on that. I understand it won't please everyone but I found it amazing, same with Halo Wars.

rasterror
rasterror

I thought it was where the greatest play?

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

@ChiefReaver I guess you better make a petition for it and pray real hard maybe you will get it three years from now. X D

dani_i89
dani_i89

@monkeysxmoo35 @console_war_vet  Halo Wars was not amazing...at all. Strategy games must be played on a PC. The game had potential, but being on a console and being overly simplified let it down.