343 Industries hopes to save Master Chief Collection 3 years later

Next year, Xbox hopes to right one of its biggest blunders this generation.

After a few years of sporadic and insubstantial updates, developer 343 Industries is working with outside teams to patch Halo: The Master Chief Collection and enhance it for Xbox One X. While the exact enhancements for the game on Xbox One X are still vague, One X owners might see things like a bump in resolution (possibly to native 4K) and the addition of HDR.

In a Halo Waypoint update, 343 Industries provided a first glance at what’s coming to the Master Chief Collection:

“…fixes, improvements and upgrades to the core game to help bring it forward and modernize many of the game’s systems to take advantage of Xbox platform advancements since its original launch.”

One of the things mentioned in 343 Industries’ livestream last night was improvements to general matchmaking in the Master Chief Collection, which have been slow and unreliable since 2014.

As part of the patch progression, the developer said its looking to open up public “flighting” program to allow players to opt-in and help refine the update ahead of full roll out. According to 343, the patch will take some time and the community aspect of the patch won’t kick off until spring 2018.

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It’s a missed opportunity for 343 Industries and Xbox not to have the update, or at the very least the visual enhancements, ready for the Xbox One X launch on November 7. Still, Master Chief Collection was widely accepted as a lost cause amongst series diehards who thought the developer had abandoned the game. With Halo 5: Guardians continuing to sunset and the assumption that 343 has largely moved onto Halo 6 development, this patch was entirely unexpected.

Look out for additional details surrounding the Master Chief Collection as we approach 2018.

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