A Halo Waypoint update details what’s next for Halo 5 Guardians and the future of older Halo releases.
After a tease earlier this week from Frank O’Connor, Halo’s franchise development director, developer 343 Industries finally has more to say regarding Halo 5 Guardians and backwards compatibility.
Will be a good week to be a Halo fan this week. And a good week for BBQ for me!
— Frank O’Connor (@franklez) July 5, 2017
Deemed as the Halo Summer Celebration, the latest Halo Community Update kicks off first by saying that Halo 5 Guardians will be getting an Xbox One X patch for 4K support by time the console launches in November. Other improvements besides the resolution bump weren’t mentioned, but the team promised more specifics closer to launch.
343 Industries also said the remainder of Xbox 360 Halo games would be coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility sometime later this year. For those out of the loop, that means Halo: CE Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3 ODST and Halo 4. Each game includes the full suite of features including singleplayer, multiplayer and co-op. They will also feature LAN support. Additionally, 343 Industries said all of the games’ DLC will be made free to download by time they come to backwards compatibility. In fact, all Halo 3 map packs are currently free on the Xbox Marketplace as have a few (but not all) Reach map packs.
All of this news has many Halo fans excited, but some found the announcement of older titles coming to backwards compatibility to be an unofficial death sentence for the Master Chief Collection (MCC), which was already months since its last update. Those upset note that backwards compatibility will only further reduce the already minute player base that MCC maintains.
Halo Summer Celebration also includes the continuation of Halo Wars 2 DLC and support. The last pieces of DLC included in the season pass are coming in the next two months. In July, season pass holders can expect Serina and Operation Spearbreaker and August will feature the addition of YapYap The Destroyer. Following the conclusion of season pass content in August, the premium expansion “Awakening the Nightmare” is due out in October.
The Halo Summer Celebration update has tons of good information about the next couple months including events 343 Industries will be attending and new merchandise coming to collectors, so be sure to check it out if that’s your thing.
What do you think about 343 Industries’ announcements? Halo 5 Guardians getting the 4K treatment is likely to please future One X owners, but do you think bringing older titles to backwards compatibility was the right call? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter.