Aaron Greenberg announced in a recent Twitter post the next-gen upgrades coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On the 17th of November, the collection will receive an update. That allows for 120FPS Halo gameplay, a 4k resolution (1080p on Series S), cross-generational play, an adjustable FOV slider and improvements to split-screen. That’s right, Halo at a glorious 120FPS on console. Excitingly, the next-gen upgrades will affect both the campaign and multiplayer. It will also be free for owners of the game and will be available to try out with Xbox Game Pass or by traditional purchase.
This is welcome news for Halo fans who have to wait longer for the highly anticipated Halo: Infinite, which has been delayed into 2021. Infinite being the next instalment in the franchise, it was originally a launch title for Microsoft’s new console—a big blow to their next-gen strategy adding increasing pressure on them for what will be a competitive 2020 Holiday season. Unfortunately, the launch date is still yet to be confirmed. At least gamers will be able to experience a next-gen Halo experience a week after the console’s launch. Fingers crossed that 343 Industries don’t make us wait too much longer for the shooter. It has been five years since the last main entry of the franchise released with Halo: 5.
Excited to share that Halo Master Chief Collection will be fully optimized this holiday including 120fps campaign & multiplayer on both Xbox Series X & S. Also cross-gen play & adjustable FOV. Note all these upgrades are free to anyone who owns the game or is in Xbox Game Pass! https://t.co/ZZ5A5UOXhl
— Aaron Greenberg 🙅🏼♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) October 20, 2020
For those not in the know, the Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a comprehensive Halo experience, having launched on the 14th of November 2014 with the first four numbered titles. Since then the game has expanded exponentially, adding both Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach, as well as a PC release. The improvements came due to fan feedback and a launch that was nothing short of rocky: the game plagued with numerous bugs and network issues.
Since then, Microsoft and 343 industries have stood committed to fixing the game. It now stands as a collection with constant improvements. The seasonal model introduced being a vehicle to launch new content within the game. Progression and rewards, new skulls that modify how the game plays, ways to customize your Spartan, and as hinted for Season 4 the possibility of new maps coming to the game from the abandoned Halo: Online project. It is clear that Microsoft is not finished with Halo: The Master Chief Collection and is planning to take it all the way through the next generation. Remember, Spartans never die.