Halo: The Master Chief Collection News

New Halo: The Master Chief Collection update lets you download and install the bits you want

A new update heading to Halo: The Master Chief Collection lets you download and install the bits of the game you want.

The Intelligent Install system lets you choose to download the components of the game you want and ditch the rest.

In the case of Xbox One shooter Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you can choose from campaign and multiplayer in each of the bundled games: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as the campaign for Halo 3: ODST.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets big new patch later this summer

Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets big new patch later this summer

Intelligent Install! Xbox One X enhancements! More!

The long road to recovery continues for The Master Chief Collection - three-and-a-half years after the game came out.

In a post on Halo Waypoint, developer 343 Industries said the game's first official update since it announced the renewed effort to improve the state of the Master Chief Collection should come out later this summer.

343 also revealed the features it's prioritising for the first retail update:

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Halo 3: ODST Master Chief Collection release date spotted

Halo 3: ODST Master Chief Collection release date spotted

UPDATE: Users report access problems, Destiny Easter egg removed.

UPDATE 30/5/15 2.30pm Microsoft has now begun issuing free Halo 3: ODST download codes to early adopters of The Master Chief Collection, as a make-nice offer for that game's shonky launch.

However, those who have received codes have reported experiencing trouble installing the ODST expansion. Numerous users on Reddit and NeoGAF report downloads getting stuck at 99 per cent and the game requiring you to re-download the latest large patch.

But some folk have managed to get ODST working - as evidenced by the reports from those who went to go check if Bungie's subtle Destiny Easter egg was still present. Alas, 343 Industries has taken it out. See before and after shots below.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection problems force official tournament cancellation

Developer 343 Industries was forced to cancel one of its official Halo tournaments after Xbox One shooter Master Chief Collection ran into connectivity problems.

In a tweet issued from the official Halo account last night, 343 said it was looking into party joinability issues and as a result cancelled Cup #1 of Season 2 of the Halo Championship Series.

The HCS is the official Halo eSports league, and has been running for a number of months now in partnership with the ESL.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets new 1.6GB patch

Halo: The Master Chief Collection gets new 1.6GB patch

ODST campaign shown off, dated for May.

Microsoft has released yet another patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The update weighs in at 1600MB.

Top of the changes list posted to Halo Waypoint are a series of improvements to tackle quitting and betrayals.

Exiting a ranked match in progress now counts as a loss and will impact your rank appropriately.

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Long-awaited Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking patch out now

UPDATE: Eurogamer YouTube producer Ian Higton has downloaded the patch and played Halo: The Master Chief Collection's various playlists to see if it's improved matters.

His tests show reasonable matchmaking times and party stability, suggesting whatever 343 Industries has tweaked under the hood has had the desired effect.

Here's what he found, with times in minutes and seconds to a full lobby, then being in-game.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's latest update detailed

Halo: The Master Chief Collection's latest update detailed

UPDATE: But now the next patch is being beta tested first.

UPDATE 22/1/15 11.05am: The next update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection will enter into a public beta phase before being generally released.

Members of the Xbox One preview program will be messaged in the coming days with an opt-in prompt to download the forthcoming patch, developer 343 Industries has said.

The update will then be tested in an "at home" setting from this Friday, 23rd January through until Monday 26th January. Participants are warned they will need 1-2GB of hard drive space free.

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And here's another Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch

And here's another Halo: The Master Chief Collection patch

Halo 5: Guardians beta still on track for release later this month.

Microsoft has released another patch for Xbox One exclusive first-person shooter Halo: The Master Chief collection.

This one includes improvements for matchmaking, roster and parties.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection endured a torrid launch, with long matchmaking times preventing many from playing the game online.

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Halo 5: Guardians beta will weigh in at 10.27GB - report

Microsoft's Halo 5: Guardians beta will take up 10.27GB of space on your Xbox One hard drive, according to a leaked listing spotted by Reddit.

The install size was spotted via a game page for the beta that was briefly available on the Xbox One's games store.

It looks like the page was made visible in error - it lists yesterday's date as the beta's release.

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Halo: Master Chief Collection gets new 523MB patch

Halo: Master Chief Collection gets new 523MB patch

Finish the fight - after this download.

Microsoft has released another new patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, this time weighing in at 523MB.

The update contains the latest set of fixes from developer 343 Industries, including improvements for the game's beleaguered matchmaking.

While nowhere near as hefty as the game's 15GB day one content update, the patch is still another large download for Halo players.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection matchmaking update out today

The long-awaited matchmaking update for Xbox One first-person shooter Halo: The Master Chief Collection launches this evening, developer 343 has confirmed.

It will be available mid-late afternoon Pacific Time, 343 said on Halo Waypoint. Pacific is eight hours behind UK time so we're looking at a late evening release on these shores.

The patch addresses the matchmaking issues that have plagued the game since release, as well as user interface problems.

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Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Assassin's Creed: Unity launch beats Black Flag's in UK chart

Halo: The Master Chief Collection in at three.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Unity has entered the UK sales chart in second place.

Activision's first-person shooter Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held on to the top spot despite a 77 per cent fall in sales, according to official figures from Chart-Track. Unity missed out by 16,000 sales.

However, it seems Unity has done well. The PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game outsold the launch of last year's game, Assassin's Creed: 4: Black Flag, which originally debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to a significantly higher install base.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection suffers launch day matchmaking issues

Halo: The Master Chief Collection owners are struggling to connect to the game's online matchmaking servers.

Users report waiting hours to connect, and in threads on Reddit and Halo Waypoint have reported only finding a couple of matches in up to six hours.

Eurogamer has this morning repeatedly tried and failed to get into a game - the loading screen states that no matches can currently be found.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection's massive day one update shrinks to 15GB

There's good news on Halo: The Master Chief Collection's gargantuan day one download.

First off, it's smaller than expected. Developer 343 had said it would be 20GB, but it's now 15GB, we've verified. Still huge, mind, but a little less huge.

And it's available to download now, if you've pre-ordered the game digitally. So if you've enabled auto-download you can get the update going ahead of the Xbox One's release on 11th November.

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Halo 2 Anniversary launch trailer shows off fancy pants new cinematics

Halo: The Master Chief Collection, out on Xbox One next month, includes Halo 2 Anniversary, a remastered version of the original Xbox first-person shooter.

As part of Halo 2's new lick of paint, Halo custodian 343 Industries drafted in video game cinematics specialist Blur Studios to create all new cutscenes for the game.

The launch trailer, below, shows clips from these cutscenes, and they look pretty impressive. Don't miss a look at the Gravemind in all its tentacley glory.

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Halo: Nightfall to debut on 10th November

Along with a first look at Halo 5: Guardians' multiplayer beta.

Halo: Nightfall, the Ridley Scott-produced live-action series about Bungie's popular sci-fi saga, will debut on Monday 10th November via Xbox Live, Xbox.com and Twitch.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has 20GB day one patch to unlock multiplayer

Halo: The Master Chief Collection takes up so much room on its 45GB Blu-ray disc that you'll need to download a 20GB day one patch.

Writing in a new blog post on Halo Waypoint, developer 343 Industries acknowledged the "large" download size but explained that it had not wanted to "cut corners" to try and cram everything onto a single disc.

In happier news, the game will now launch on 11th November in the UK - the same date as North America and three days earlier than planned. Only France, Belgium and Japan will now see the game launch later that week.

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Halo 2: Anniversary campaign isn't quite 1080p, Microsoft confirms

Halo 2: Anniversary campaign isn't quite 1080p, Microsoft confirms

Due to running original graphics engine and remastered engine simultaneously.

Halo 2: Anniversary's campaign does not output at a native 1080p resolution, Microsoft has confirmed.

Halo 2: Anniversary, part of upcoming Xbox One exclusive Halo: The Master Chief Collection, lets players switch between running the original Xbox graphics engine and the new Xbox One Anniversary graphics engine at the touch of a button - and as a result it outputs at a 1328x1080 resolution and 60 frames per second.

In an interview with IGN, 343 executive producer Dan Ayoub commented:

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Halo 5: Guardians beta runs three weeks from December 29th

Halo 5: Guardians beta runs three weeks from December 29th

Plus: Halo Channel and Halo 2 Sanctuary map remake announced.

At Microsoft's Gamescom briefing 343 Industries announced that the Halo 5: Guardians beta will run for three weeks this winter, from December 29th 2014 to January 18th 2015.

The beta - which you can get access to by buying November's Halo: The Master Chief Collection - will concentrate on 4v4 arena gameplay across seven maps and will run at 60 frames per second from dedicated servers. There will be three modes, 11 weapons and seven armour sets you can customise your Spartan with. There will be some unlocks in the beta that you'll be able to carry forward into Halo 5 Guardians itself.

There is also the fair start system, so all players start a match with the same loadout.

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Halo 2's Coagulation remastered for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo 2's Coagulation remastered for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

UPDATE: Video walkthrough of Ascension shows changes, additions.

UPDATE: Courtesy of YouTube user woooshness we have a video walkthrough of the reimagined Ascension for Halo 2 Anniversary.

In the video, below, taken from the Rooster Teeth Expo over the weekend, we're shown Ascension, which has been made HD and 60 frames per second as part of Xbox One game Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

A number of changes have been made, including tweaks to the level design, a new weapon spawn and, most importantly of all, an energy shield for the middle of the map. There are three control panels placed around the map, which can be activated to turn on the energy shield, providing cover in the middle for their teammates.

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Halo to stay Xbox One exclusive - for now

Halo to stay Xbox One exclusive - for now

"We're listening to the PC fans..."

Halo was once on PC. Will it ever be again?

With Halo: The Master Chief Collection, due out later this year, and Halo 5: Guardians, due out in 2015, announced for Xbox One only, it seems PC players are being left out in the cold.

"Right now we are focused on Xbox One," Bonnie Ross, who runs Halo franchise overlord 343 Industries, told Eurogamer.

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