Halo: Master Chief Collection has faced a lot of controversy since launch mainly due to major game breaking bugs that completely exploited the experience for those who were looking for the ultimate Halo games collection with functional multiplayer. Microsoft vowed to fix the collection however even then, the post-launch support didn’t really do much to fix it since the game was inherently broken in many ways.
Today, fans of Halo will be able to download a new major update for Halo: Master Chief Collection that brings the game support for 4K and HDR and includes a massive list of improvements to go along with it. This update has been playtested by the fans and developers for a couple of weeks now and this is supposed to be the definitive Halo experience. It is also free of cost for everyone and comes ahead of the collection’s launch on Xbox Game Pass on September 1st. The official patch notes can be seen from here.
The visual upgrades are not the only thing that is the highlight for this update. Matchmaking has been improved to a great extent along with the support for offline LAN, which was a major complaint from fans for the original release of this collection. The large size of the game means Microsoft has now implemented a new ‘intelligent delivery’ system that will give you the choice of installing either of the Halo games as seen below.
- Halo: Combat Evolved – Campaign + Multiplayer
- Halo 2: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Halo 2: Anniversary MP (w/ Forge) & Halo 2 Classic MP)
- Halo 3: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Forge)
- Halo 4: Campaign + Multiplayer (includes Spartan Ops + Forge)
If you are a Halo fan, there is no better time than today to jump into this update. If you don’t own Halo: Master Chief Collection, you can still get it on Xbox Game Pass when it launches there next month starting from September 1st.