Cross-Play may also arrive in the future.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally headed to PC, and it appears that it will have cross-progression with the Xbox One version and that cross-play, while not planned for launch, is on 343 Industries’ mind for the future.
Via Wccftech, Halo community director at 343 Industries Brian Jarrard took a question on Twitter from RabblinMan that asked if Master Chief Collection would have any “crossplatform capabilities at all between console and PC in customs or matchmaking?”
“Progression, unlocks, stats, etc.. will carry over between PC/console,” Jarrard replied. “In terms of playing together crossplatform, currently not planned for launch but it’s something the team is accounting for and will evaluate over time.”
This is promising for those who already own Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One or who are looking forward to playing with friends on an opposite platform and makes this package even more enticing, especially after the news that Halo: Reach will also be added to both versions.
However, it’s important to remember that MCC will most likely not be a Play Anywhere game, so those who already own the collection will need to purchase again if they wish to play on PC.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection for PC was announced earlier this year and, while there is no release date yet, we do know that 343 plans on releasing each game one-by-one in chronological order, starting with Halo: Reach.
The Master Chief Collection was originally released for Xbox One in 2014 and, in our review, we said “despite MP troubles, Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s classic campaigns are amazing examples of FPS done right.”
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