Halo: MCC Is Adding An Unreleased Halo: Reach Helmet And Armor Piece In Season 4
The GRD helmet is finally coming to Halo: Reach within The Master Chief Collection.
The big Season 3 refresh recently came to Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and developer 343 Industries has lots more in store for the game down the road. The studio has outlined some of what's coming in a new blog post, and it includes a never-before-released Halo: Reach helmet and piece of armor, as well as some redacted content that we're very curious about. Yes, content cut from a previous game is finally making its way to Halo after a decade. The Master Chief Collection is the gift that keeps on giving.
The GRD helmet was cut from the original Halo: Reach, but 343 is bringing it back for MCC with the Season 4 update in the future.
The helmet was used in promotional material for Halo: Reach's Defiant map pack DLC, but the developer had to cut it due to time/resource constraints. It is a very unique-looking helmet, as you can see in the image below. As for "AKIS," we don't know what this means, but 343 said the developer will share more details in a "deeper dive" later on.
The helmet isn't the only unreleased piece of Halo: Reach content coming to MCC. An "EXD" chest piece is coming to MCC with the Season 4 update as well; check it out below.
"The GRD helmet is the one that most people have requested, but there were other pieces like another helmet and an additional chest piece that we're able to basically unearth, finish, and polish-up to get in for a future update and seasons. We really think players are going to enjoy these future pieces!" design director Max Szlagor said.
Intriguingly, the blog post also mentions that 343 is looking to further expand the customization options in MCC with other unreleased content. The blog post contains [REDACTED] brackets for this content, and it's interesting to think about what it may pertain to.
"There are some additional areas we are exploring so investigations are definitely underway and we’re coming to it with a lot of ideas, including looking at unreleased content. But we are unsure of the technical feasibility of bringing that work into MCC like the [REDACTED] armor pieces," Szlagor said. "We're excited, but we want to keep some of the [REDACTED] stuff close to our chest as we figure out just how realistic it is. We do not want to over-promise stuff, but we're definitely taking a look."
MCC on PC will expand later this year with the arrival of Halo 4, which will complete the package. 2021 is gearing up to be a big year for the Halo series as well with the launch of Halo Infinite for Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, and PC. The game was supposed to come to the platforms alongside the Series X/S launch, but it was delayed. No new release date has been announced. The delay followed criticism of the game's visuals during an Xbox Series X showcase, with significant attention drawn to certain environmental features and characters' faces.
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