Thursday15th Feb 2024
When the team starting to wind down development
343 Industries has just dropped another Halo: The Master Chief Collection update - the first since July 2023 when the team shared an end of development message with its employees. This new patch is only a minor update for the game across Xbox and PC, but it does show that the team
Monday11th Dec 2023
"Together, we have achieved a significant milestone"
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has ended up getting an almost 10-year update cycle after its rough launch back in 2014, and a new developer message is hinting that work on the game might finally be wrapping up in 2023. Doing the rounds on social media is a 'thank you' message posted by some of...
Friday10th Nov 2023
"We at Xbox changed blockbuster gaming marketing forever"
This week marks 19 years since Bungie's global hit Halo 2 arrived on the original Xbox. While we're not quite at the two-decade milestone just yet, there are already some celebrations going down. Former Xbox boss Peter Moore has used it as an opportunity to reflect on that famous Halo 2...
Friday14th Jul 2023
Can you BELIEVE it?!
Last week, we poured over 343's 'Digsite Deliveries' blog post that detailed loads of old, unreleased Halo content being added to the Master Chief Collection - and the team is now back and at it again. This new post, 'Digsite Discoveries', is showcasing even more old school Halo content being reworked for MCC on PC, and the team...
Tuesday11th Jul 2023
Increased player counts, join-in-progress and more!
343 is back again with another Halo: Master Chief Collection update, and July 2023's drop feels busier than ever with big changes to Firefight, Halo 3 game mode support and more. The headline additions are for Firefight in this month's update, with plenty of new options coming to the collection on...
Monday10th Jul 2023
Maps, weapons, assets and more!
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is already a mammoth catalogue of games containing all of the Bungie- era Halo titles and more, but it's about to get even bigger on PC. As part of the team's 'Digsite' project, 343 has shown off a bunch of old archived Halo goodies that are being re-worked for MCC on PC. There's...
Sunday9th Jul 2023
"Restoration completes a story told over 20 years"
The famous Halo machinima Red vs. Blue, which started out in 2003, has announced it will be airing its final season this fall. Rooster Teeth's long-running web comedy sci-fi series started out life with Bungie's original 2001 game Halo: Combat Evolved and eventually moved to other Halo games and...
Thursday24th Nov 2022
Straight from mod documentation
If you're a fan of Halo and loved the second entry in the series, you might be interested in the new official mod tool documentation for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, a Halo release Microsoft continues to support to this day. The company shared the doc on its official website earlier today, and as highlighted by...
Wednesday2nd Nov 2022
"can't wait to share them!"
Later this week on 6th November, Halo 4 turns 10 years old. Yes, it's now been a decade since 343 Industries released its first original game about Master Chief and Cortana. So, has 343 got anything planned? Well, at least one individual does... As noted by 343's Halo community writer Alex Wakeford (via social media),...
Tuesday13th Sep 2022
Pierre Hintze is the new studio head
Yesterday, the Xbox and Halo community got some "shock news" - with Head of 343 Industries Bonnie Ross announcing she would be leaving the studio (as well as Microsoft) due to a family medical issue. In case you missed it, her replacement will be Head of Production Pierre Hintze. Hintze is an industry veteran...
Thursday1st Sep 2022
New armour sets and more
Although Halo Infinite is currently 343's primary focus, it hasn't forgotten about Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In fact, it's just delivered the game's new August update. It adds a whole host of new content to multiple games across the collection. Here's the rundown via the Halo Waypoint blog post: Five new Spartan...
Thursday30th Jun 2022
Reporting for duty
We've already caught wind of Halo goodies coming to Fall Guys following its recent Xbox launch, but now, the crossover is going both ways! This new backpack cosmetic is now available in Halo: The Master Chief Collection's Halo 3, and although it hardly sticks to the original game's aesthetic, we have to admit, it looks
Friday24th Jun 2022
As an "optional, additive alternative"
343 Industries has confirmed it's looking at a way to implement microtransactions in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, although it's been explained that it's an "optional, additive alternative" to grinding for "the vast scope of content". In the latest blogpost over at Halo Waypoint, 343 further detailed the...
Thursday14th Apr 2022
Following latest update
Halo: The Master Chief Collection finally made its way to PC in 2019, five years after its initial Xbox One launch. It's safe to say the re-launch has been a hit, so much so that right now, its playerbase seems to be healthier than Halo Infinite's. Looking at Steam's database numbers, just over 9,000 players online at once...
Wednesday13th Apr 2022
Finish the fight
Yesterday saw the arrival of a huge new update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which added The Flood to the game's Firefight mode and much more. If you're eager for additional new content, the good news is the 343 is just getting started for 2022. In the same blog update, the Halo developer spoke about how it was dedicated...
Tuesday12th Apr 2022
"We’ve got some unfinished business..."
Following on from last week's teaser, 343 has now updated Halo: The Master Chief Collection with Flood Firefight, Halo 3 & Halo ODST co-op crossplay and full custom browser support. There are various other changes included in this latest update such as UI improvements, updates to the Forge and Mod...
Saturday9th Apr 2022
Could The Flood be coming to Firefight?
Although Halo Infinite is still the primary focus for 343 Industries at the moment, it's still showing some love for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. In an update on social media, the official Halo account has teased that "something new" is coming to the collection game very soon, and it's a picture of The...
Saturday16th Oct 2021
And you can buy the full game for half-price
It's been another big week for the Halo series - with 343 launching Season 8 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox Series X|S and PC. To celebrate, Xbox has this weekend made the MCC entirely free until October 17 (aka tomorrow). You'll be able to dive in and try out all of the game's content -...
Thursday14th Oct 2021
Plenty to choose from
It's a big week for Free Play Days this time around, as three huge titles have been added and are available to play right now. This week sees some fantastic multiplayer titles being added such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Dirt 5, along with some chaotic co-op action in the form of Borderlands 3.
"Go really, really medieval"
Ahead of the arrival of Halo Infinite, 343 is still pumping out new content and updates for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Season 8 is now officially live - in a nutshell, it adds 100 tiers of content, 'Icebox' - a Halo Online multiplayer map now playable in Halo 3, in-campaign collectables for
Wednesday13th Oct 2021
Welcome back a fan favourite
Season 8 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on Xbox today, and ahead of its release, 343's community coordinator, Tyler Davis, has uploaded a brief video outlining what to expect from this latest update. Apart from the new Mythic armour offerings and the classic Halo: Combat Evolved HUD being "restored", one...
Wednesday6th Oct 2021
And it may be the last...
343 Industries has announced that Season 8 of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will kick off on October 13, potentially serving as the last season-based content for the game. A brief teaser for the upcoming season was shared on social media, revealing it will be based around a medieval theme with unique armour offerings...
Friday17th Sep 2021
It's time to move on
The upcoming eighth season of Halo: The Master Chief Collection could very well be the last one for the game, as 343 Industries has confirmed it plans to "pivot away from current seasonal model" following Halo Infinite's launch. The news comes from a recent Halo Waypoint post that looks forward to Season Eight and beyond. It...
Monday6th Sep 2021
Hail to the King
We see a lot of strange and wonderful aspects of games incorporated into the real world, but this Halo themed best man speech at a wedding has got to be one of the best so far. As shared on Reddit, the speech incorporates a Halo multiplayer match as an analogy for the couple's relationship. The husband, Chuck, is described as being...
Friday3rd Sep 2021
Haters told to "toggle it off"
343 Industries has greatly improved Halo: The Master Chief Collection since its initial release on the Xbox One. It's now many years into the game's ongoing development cycle, and to enhance the experience even more, the team has been updating the multiplayer component with some additional extras. Following on from a...
Saturday14th Aug 2021
He's been hanging out with Gabe Newell this week
We've heard how Valve's recently announced Steam Deck can be used as a handheld Xbox and now head of Microsoft's gaming division, Phil Spencer, appears to have got his hands on one. In his latest post on social media, Spencer revealed how he actually visited Valve's HQ earlier this week to talk to...
Saturday10th Jul 2021
"We decided to give him 99 kills"
Halo: The Master Chief Collection has a pretty loyal fanbase who are quietly biding their time until the upcoming Halo Infinite. With multiplayer games you often hear horror stories as to how toxic the communities can be - especially to new players. But this Reddit thread has reminded us just how lovely the Halo...
Saturday3rd Jul 2021
Better get honing those skills
Got the skills to pay the bills? Microsoft is hosting a special Xbox FanFest Halo 3 tournament this month, in which Xbox players in North America will have the chance to win part of $25,000 in prizes and show their skills off to the world. The tournament is open to everyone (NA only) via the Xbox FanFest website, and...
Tuesday29th Jun 2021
Sea of Thieves, Halo, and Forza Horizon 4 all made the cut
Every week a list of Steam's Global Top Sellers is released, and the week ending June 27 showed that in the top five, three of the titles belonged to Xbox Game Studios titles. As seen on the Steam Database, Sea of Thieves skyrocketed from 9th to the top position last week, following the...
Thursday24th Jun 2021
Roll out, Spartans!
Another season of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now live, bringing a whole array of new content to the game. We have a brand new map, some cosmetic items, and a custom game browser for Halo: Reach. Perhaps one of the biggest new inclusions is a new map known as Edge, which was originally made for Halo Online. It joins the...