Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One on November 11

The Halo: Master Chief Collection will collect all four Master Chief Halos (from Combat Evolved Anniversary to Halo 4) on one disc for Xbox One and will also offer an anniversary edition upgrade for Halo 2. The giant collection is coming on November 11, ten years after Halo 2 first hit the original Xbox.

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During the reveal for Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Studios promised a second Halo announcement that would get fans excited for later this year. That announcement is the previously-rumored Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will allow Halo fans to re-live every step of Master Chief's journey by collecting Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 on a single disc. Players can begin re-living Master Chief's journey on Xbox One on November 11, the 10th anniversary of Halo 2's original release on the first Xbox.

All of the games contained in the Master Chief Collection are upgraded to run at 1080p, 60fps. All of the missions from all four campaigns will be unlocked right from the start to allow fans the chance to re-live whatever chapters they wish. All difficulties and skulls will be unlocked and can be set at the start of each session. And each of the four games will feature four player co-op.

343 is also showing some reverence for the Master Chief games by organizing playlists from across the series that fall under certain categories. For example, anyone looking to play through all of the series' Warthog missions can do so by selecting the corresponding playlist. All of the playlists can be played in co-op by sending out friend invites.

As for multiplayer, all of the modes and maps from each of the four numbered Halo games are included and intact. In fact, players will often find maps from across the series up for vote. For example, sessions will often go from Capture The Flag in a Combat Evolved map to Oddball in a Halo 3 map. It's the most stacked collection of Halo multiplayer maps to date, with all maps running on their native game's engine. All of the weapons on that map, likewise, will have the stats of their original game. So your Needler may be slightly less powerful on a Halo 3 map than it is on a Halo: Combat Evolved map.

Also, the release date falling on the Halo 2 anniversary date is not a coincidence, since Halo 2 will receive the anniversary collection treatment in this compilation. Just as with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2 will feature modernized visuals and cinematics, the latter of which are completely re-done by Blur. Of course, fans of the vintage look can switch between the modern and original visuals at the press of a button with no loading times.

343 is also looking to include some additional fiction to Halo 2 in the form of some new cinematics that look to flesh out Master Chief's story even further. In fact, some of Halo 2's new cinematics will hint at events that will unfold in the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians.

While little is known about the story aspect of Halo 5: Guardians, the Master Chief Collection will offer fans the first chance to try out the Halo 5 multiplayer beta. The beta is featured as one of the collection's extras, though 343 is not ready to divulge how long this beta period will last.

The other major extra included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the Ridley Scott-produced Halo series. While the story will follow a separate Spartan protagonist, 343 notes that the story will eventually have repercussions for Master Chief and his pending journey in Halo 5. 343 says that more information on the Halo digital series will be revealed at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.

When discussing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, 343 equated it to the idea of binge-watching a show on Netflix. They hope that Halo fans can catch up with the game's story and be up-to-speed in time for Halo 5: Guardians, which is set to arrive in Fall 2015.

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    June 9, 2014 10:23 AM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, The Halo: Master Chief Collection coming to Xbox One on November 11.

    The Halo: Master Chief Collection will collect all four Master Chief Halos (from Combat Evolved Anniversary to Halo 4) on one disc for Xbox One and will also offer an anniversary edition upgrade for Halo 2. The giant collection is coming on November 11, ten years after Halo 2 first hit the original Xbox.

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      June 9, 2014 10:25 AM

      No Halo: Reach or Halo: ODST.. The best Halo games were the ones done without the master chief yet Microsoft never got that.

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        June 9, 2014 10:39 AM

        Well it wouldn't be the Master Chief collection if they included those.

        Plus there probably saving those for another in between year of major Halo games.

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        July 7, 2014 7:23 PM

        I loved both of those games. I hope they get the buff and shine sometime soon.

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      June 9, 2014 10:41 AM

      Would love to see this on PC. Which, seeing as Microsoft are all about "yeah, we really need to renew our focus on PC gaming", will probably never happen.

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        June 9, 2014 10:53 AM

        No, seriously, this time they mean it, man.

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          June 9, 2014 10:55 AM

          Yeah right. Microsoft has all but abandoned PC gaming in favor of X-Box.

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        June 9, 2014 12:08 PM

        Then we'd have to listen to everyone whining that the game is hypertuned to console gameplay, so it will either be derided as sluggish or made too easy.

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          June 9, 2014 12:13 PM

          one thousand threads consisting of, "so i finally tried Halo now that it's out on PC...WTF this is what everyone was raving about?"

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          June 9, 2014 12:19 PM

          Halo PC (CE edition) even with its horrible net code is still in my top 3 multiplayer games of all time.

          People who bitch about the speed of the game should just stick to UT and Quake, in my opinion it was the perfect blend of strategy and twitch shooters.

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      June 9, 2014 12:47 PM

      I could see my pulling the trigger on a xbone now that this is coming out and the price/kinect drop.

      Shame though, ODST and Reach would have been nice.

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