343 has no plans to bring Halo 5 to Master Chief Collection
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been getting a fair bit of press, and some fresh popularity, off the back of the recent announcement that more content would be coming to the game set, and that the entire bundle would be ported to PC, bringing Halo back to the PC gaming scene for the first time in years.
During an AMA session over on Reddit, fans posed questions about what will be included in the Reach update and the PC port of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. One of the questions asked whether 343 planned to bring Halo 5: Guardians to the bundle when it drops on PC. The community managed in charge of the AMA made it clear that this was unfortunately not the plan: “Our focus is bringing MCC and Reach to PC, there are no current plans to bring over Halo 5.”
Halo 5: Guardians, often shortened to Halo 5, was released worldwide on October 27, 2015, to a mixed reception. The story split the narrative arcs in a style reminiscent of Halo 3, having two main characters. Halo 5 followed Team Osiris and Blue Team, each headed by their own badass Spartan. It features new abilities and character designs, but does not feature any offline capabilities or local networking. This lack of certain features probably led to, at least in part, the issues it faced with sales. In the US it did quite well, selling more during it’s own opening than the opening sales of Halo 4. However in other markets, like Japan and the UK, it had the lowest sales of any game in the franchise.
So for now at least, it looks like there will be at least one major Halo title that doesn’t have a PC version. If the off-shoot RTS Halo Wars 2, has a PC version though, so there’s still a slim chance that we could see the missing title added into MCC. Halo is Microsofts largest IP and getting so much content, both of singleplayer campaigns and multiplayer modes, is really impressive and it would make sense to get the whole thing into one place to maximize visibility on an extremely popular platform.
For other questions, we learned a fair few things about the MCC from this AMA. For one thing, the Reach online component will bring dedicated servers and has significant development support, including most of the staff at 343. It appears as though the developer is looking to make sure this new launch goes as smoothly as possible, so that’s good.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is currently available for Xbox One and is coming to PC later this year. If you want to grab a copy ahead of the launch of the Reach content into the FPS bundle, you can do that on Amazon right now.
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