Halo: The Master Chief Collection
HALO 3 on PC
Halo 3 is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC next week on July 14! Prepare to finish the fight on Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta), Microsoft Store, and Steam. This epic conclusion to the original trilogy marks yet another huge milestone in our journey to bring all of MCC to PC. We'll be talking about Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 soon enough, but let's focus on everything you can expect to see on July 14.
We just wrapped up a livestream with our Publishing Team that provides a first-look at the upcoming MCC content, features, and updates – including Halo 3 on PC. You can catch the rebroadcast of it on Twitch or on YouTube. It provided some fantastic insight into our development and design process while also showcasing all the new goodness.
As the Publishing Team talked about in the livestream, we're not just adding Halo 3 to PC with this update. We're updating the game across both platforms to include a multitude of other features, fixes, and quality-of-life improvements as well. Let's take a closer look at some of them!
Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 3's Forge will all be added to MCC on PC. Additionally, Halo 3's Forge will be updated (on both platforms) to include tons of new features like phased physics, coordinate snap, rotation, rotation snap, and increased budget, and brand-new pieces.
As outlined in our in-depth explanation in the latest MCC Development Update, Halo: Reach and Halo 3 will be getting many audio fixes across the board. Boost up the volume and give it a listen!
Halo 3 Customization
As many of you saw in the recent Halo 3 flight, updated customization will be available for Halo 3. This includes being able to select specific armor pieces separately, as opposed to the full set system we had before, as well as displaying your emblem on your shoulder and armor detail colors in-game.
HALO: CE CUSTOMIZATION
For the first time ever, Halo: CE will have officially supported customization options including Weapon Skins, Vehicle Skins, and Visors. A player's custom Weapon Skins and Vehicle Skins will be applied whenever they are in control of them. These skins will stay applied, even after dropping the weapon or exiting the vehicle, up until a new player gains control of them.
While we're all excited about these additions, we're aware that some players may prefer to keep that original CE feel. To support those players, we'll be providing the option to toggle skins on or off in their settings.
Season 2 & CHALLENGES
In addition to Halo 3, July 14 also brings MCC's Season 2 and our new Challenge System. Season 2 contains over 100 new customization items, which can now be unlocked via Campaign, Firefight, and Multiplayer gameplay and challenges. Based on community feedback, we are also making it so that players can choose the order in which they can unlock season items in any given tier. You will still need to unlock all items in your first tier before accessing the next one, but the order is now up to you.
This new Challenge System will also neatly tie into our events like the Yappening and Winter Contingency. Before, players would have to read about the events online and then wait for a manual grant for their reward, without any sort of way to track if they had successfully met the criteria in-game. Now, players will be able to see their progress and immediately get rewarded when they complete the criteria for our in-game events. There will be a few specific Challenges and rewards available to celebrate launch which includes the abiilty to unlock a brand-new Halo 3 Campaign Skull and exclusive nameplate.
HALO 3: ODST FIREFIGHT
We broke the news right around the time of our last Community Update, but I wanted to make sure to call it out again. Halo 3: ODST Firefight will be coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection – on PC and Xbox One – later this Summer!
- Already own Halo 3: ODST for MCC? The addition of Firefight to Halo 3: ODST in MCC will come at no extra charge. When it becomes available, your game should update to add it in without any fuss.
- Don't own Halo 3: ODST for MCC? This addition does not change the $5 USD cost of Halo 3: ODST across all platforms. If this announcement is exactly what you were waiting for, here are some helpful links to where you can pre-order it for PC via the Microsoft Store or Steam.
If you want to participate in flighting for Halo 3: ODST, make sure you're registered for the Halo Insider program!
As the team hammers hard on the future of MCC, they've still kept up with weekly playlist updates. Last week we had Shotty Snipers and as of yesterday, it's now transitioned over to the sport of the future – Grifball. To learn more about these recent playlist updates, check out the links below:
And, speaking of Matchmaking, we wanted to make sure everyone is aware that when Halo 3 launches next week and the new season begins, all player skill rankings will be reset. We've talked about the likelihood of resetting ranks with new seasons in the past and this time it also corresponds to some new back-end updates to Matchmaking including the addition of a new "lifetime highest rank" stat per ranked playlist going forward.