Cross-platform play is something that video games have chased for years. Although, it has not been easy. The technical and political hurdles to getting console player groups together is hard enough, and that’s without adding in the problems of getting PC and consoles to play together. But now, it seems like 343 Industries and Microsoft are making it work for Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
The planned updates include a ton of new and altered features for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The newest Halo Waypoint post points out that a ton of work is going into the game over the next little bit. There will be so much included in these updates that it basically means an entire rework of the game and its features.
Each game will be broken down technically so that things like per-game graphics options and features will be a thing across all of the titles in the collection. That’s pretty nuts, considering what else 343 Industries plans to put into the games. One of the biggest changes is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will now have full cross-play support. This cross-play will require the additional adding in of regional controls, input-based matchmaking and more into each title as well. Additionally, the Custom Game Browser will have full support for mouse and keyboard.
343 added that it still plans to release Halo 3: ODST and Halo 4 on PC in 2020, in addition to everything else they have on their plate right now. This is a serious undertaking to revamp these games, and it’s going to be a tough project.
Here’s the breakdown 343 has posted of each new features planned, and the list is massive.
- Input Based MM
- Sever Region Selection
- Custom Game Browser
- Per Game Graphics Options
- Per Game Audio Options
- M&K Support for Xbox
- PC Fileshare
- Double Keybinds for all games
- Viewmodel adjustments for all games
- In game FPS Cap/Adjustments
- Steam Account Linking”
So far 343 has not released any details about these plans or their release dates. The company has said that they want to introduce te features all as one batch, at least as it concerns the cross-play stuff.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out now for PC and Xbox One.