Halo: The Master Chief
The Halo games in the Master Chief Collection should soon get many of the features you’re used to with modern shooters. The 343 Industries team has provided an MCC “snapshot” indicating that several welcome additions are coming to the classic titles in 2020, most notably crossplay.
Ideally, Xbox and Windows players won’t be fenced off for much longer. Developers are appropriately planning mouse and keyboard support for Xbox players to help them stay competitive. The information was almost hidden away in a recent dev blogspot, where a small pile of features were promised before the year’s end.
If you’re paying attention, it shows how they’ll plan to make this fair on the joypadites. “Input based matchmaking” in conjunction with crossplay means they’ll be able to separate pad players from mouse and keyboard users, which means you can play together if you decide to use a pad on the PC. Buttttt they’re adding in M&K support to the Xbox One edition. What a twist! Whatever’s prompted this blatant disregard for their console’s basic form and function, I hope it continues. It’s making me forgive them for the long, dark winter of Games for Windows Live.
Input Based Matchmaking
M&K Support for Xbox
As well as putting the old games on PC for the first time, 343 is getting ready to launch Halo Infinite this winter. We got our first look at the campaign during last month’s Xbox Games Showcase, and it was recently confirmed that the multiplayer will be free-to-play. The coronavirus has made it trickier for the developer to organise large-scale tests, but it’s still hoping to host a public hands-on before launch.
There’s still a lot of work to be done before the collection is truly complete. The first test version of Halo 3: ODST for PC is slated to arrive in the first half of August, with a more complete release on the horizon for 2020. Still, this might make you happy if you’re a fan of the series and want more than Halo Infinite to tide you over.