Last year at E3 was a total disaster for Microsoft due to the Xbox One’s negative reception. So much so the head of Xbox was axed and a lot of hated features were removed. The one shining part of E3 2013 for Halo fans was a short glimpse of the next generation Halo which teased, “Your journey begins in 2014.” Now after E3 is over we have found all the details of the Great Journey of Master Chief starts exclusively on Xbox One for $59.99. The Master Chief Collection comprises of: Halo Combat Evolved, 2, 3, and 4 running at 1080p 60 frames per second with dedicated multiplayer servers, Halo: Nightfall a digital feature project overseen by Ridley Scott, and the Halo 5 beta that will run for 3 weeks that will showcase “arena” style gameplay. All game content including skulls will be unlocked providing you the opportunity to start wherever you like. Plus thanks to the nicely done unified game UI you will be able to jump to wherever you please in the Master Chief’s adventures. All of the Halo 2 cutscenes included prologue and epilogue will be redone in CGI by Blur Studios producing a very satisfying visual experience that is easy to re enjoy and reengage Halo fans. While most Halo fans have rejoiced to see Master Chief in a new light on the Xbox One there are two camps that complain about the MC Collection. One is a splinter sect of fans who say Microsoft is doing a cash grab by forcing them to buy Halo CE, 3, and 4 along with 2 anniversary and not allowing it to exist on the Xbox 360. The second are the video game journalists who feel the Master Chief Collection is simply an inadequate stopgap for Halo 5. For the former crowd its easy to explain why the MC Collection is an Xbox One exclusive.
- To fit the entire collection onto one disk they had to use blu-ray which the Xbox 360 does not support.
- The Xbox 360 could never output Halo at 1080p 60 frames per second because its hardware is simply incapable of doing it.
- Trying to port it to the Xbox 360 at a lower resolution and framerate would not only compromise the experience it would also require more work and force them to set the release date back.
The media’s incessant bickering and nitpicking will never cease so it would be useless to discuss. I will say all of the cool glimpses of Halo 5: Guardians we will get to see in the MC Collection by way of Terminals, Halo: Nightfall, and the new prologue and epilogue will be nice enough to keep the Halo Nation on edge for next fall.