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Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Platform(s): PC, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Publisher: Microsoft
Developer: 343 Industries
Release Date: Dec. 3, 2019

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'Halo: The Master Chief Collection' Rolls Out Season 8, Adds 100 New Tiers, New Map, Collectibles And More

by Rainier on Oct. 13, 2021 @ 12:13 p.m. PDT

Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundles Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 on a single disc, featuring remastered graphics and running at 60fps.

The Halo series comes to PC with six blockbuster games in a single integrated experience. Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) will be available with Xbox Game Pass for PC and for individual sale in the Microsoft Store and on Steam. Whether you're a longtime fan or are meeting the Master Chief for the first time, Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) is the definitive Halo gaming experience.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is being developed as a PC-native experience with an array of new features tailor-made for PC. Refined mouse and keyboard controls, remappable key bindings, text chat, support for multiple aspect ratios, customizable frame rate and FOV (to the extent feasible within each title), updated UI, and a new progression system are just some of the additions being designed for PC gamers.

The great Halo journey begins with Halo: Reach — the fictional beginnings of the Master Chief's saga — with the remaining titles following in chronological order of the story: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4.

To ensure Halo: The Master Chief Collection delivers the best native PC experience possible, 343 Industries is inviting the community to sign up and participate in the Halo Insider Program, where fans can play and provide feedback on work-in-progress content within MCC before public release.

Each game in the collection will be released individually and will evolve and grow over time with community input.

343 Industries announced Season 8 for Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available now free for all players with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Windows 10 PC and Steam.

Warriors across the ages, your time has come. Today we’re thrilled to welcome the arrival of the latest season for Halo: The Master Chief Collection – Season 8: Mythic!

With Season 8, we’ve got new content shipping out, custom-tailored for Spartans, no matter their era of battle– and, we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it. This time around you can look forward to:

  • 100 new tiers of content for Season 8 (including brand new armor sets, back accessories, vehicle skins, techsuits, and more)
  • Icebox, a Halo Online map now playable in custom games and matchmaking for Halo 3
  • In-campaign collectibles for Halo 3
  • Updated options for Halo 3: ODST Firefight as well as Sentinels as an enemy type
  • Custom Game Browser (CGB) support for Halo: CE and Halo 3
  • And more!­

So settle yourselves and listen up, as the scribe is here to tell you all about what’s arrived this season. Read on and prepare to unleash your inner warrior.


Whether you feel most at home on Installation 04 or Reach, the battlegrounds of ancient Rome or a UNSC frigate – MCC Season 8 brings with it a heap of new content that lets you outfit your Spartan like never before. Featuring uniquely themed armor sets, vehicle skins, weapon skins, back accessories and even more, you’re going to have a lot to dive into.


As Season 8 rolls out so are some brand-new sets of armor aimed at letting you unleash your inner warrior. Whether you’re an ancient Spartan, a Viking of yestercentury, or a highly specialized super soldier from the near future, you’ve got a few ways to dive in and update your look. This season’s brand new armor sets, weapon skins, vehicle skins, and back accessories are just the beginning. 


Perfecting your Spartan’s look is a task that’s always ongoing. And, while you’ve had your pick of a great many different armor sets from across Halo’s history, we’re adding in some new flair with sets inspired by ancient warriors from across the ages. And, with the addition of the Belos (for those that want to inspire looks drawn from ancient Rome), Blackguard (for those of you that might feel more at home during the Dark Ages), and Drengr (for the Spartans that prefer to pledge their allegiance to Norse gods), you’ll be prepared for any battleground.


An updated set isn’t complete without a fresh techsuit to tie the entire look together. Whether you’re a super soldier from the UNSC or you’re a freshly minted member of the Blackguard, you can unlock Latticeweave, Chainmail, and Dragonscale techsuits.


Making your presence known on the battlefield is always important. When you’re charging into battle, it’s best to give your teammates something inspiring to follow. With MCC Season 8 a brand-new batch of Back Accessories have been added into the game, all in the theme of the newly added armors!


While the MA40 has stood the test of time, the latest weapon skins added to MCC Season 8 take it to a whole new level. By unlocking weapon skins for your Assault Rifle, Sniper, SPNKr, and more - you can give a whole new meaning to “blast from the past." 


Riding your noble steed into battle is a feeling that’s irreplaceable, to be sure, but striking fear into the hearts of your opponents is all the sweeter. With thanks to some new vehicle skins for your Warthog, Scorpion, Mongoose, and Hornet in Halo 3, you’ll be able to even make Sandtrap’s Elephant turn and run in fear. (Might take a while, though.)


The role of Noble Six is one a great many of us have taken on. And, when filling a helmet the rest of the crew would have rather left empty – it’s important to bring something new to the table. (Aside from the lone wolf stuff.) Next time you make your way down to Sword Base, you can prepare to do so with a freshly updated helmet from the freshly introduced Belos, Blackguard, and Drengr set!

And, if you’re looking to dial up the customization even further, you can update your voices and body types in Halo: Reach and Halo 4, to make sure that your look represents you the best it possibly can. So go ahead, turn every knob and flip every dial – your Spartan’s customization journey has only just begun.


A warrior is always ready to prove themselves on any battlefield, and as such, we’re doing our part to keep things interesting. Icebox, a map previously available only for Halo Online, is now available for custom games and social matchmaking in Halo 3! (If you’ve played Halo 2’s Turf you’ll already be familiar with the basics.)


Next time you’re making your way through Halo 3’s campaign, make sure to double-check your corners. Each week a new set of collectible (read: shootable) golden Moas will be available around different campaign maps. Each week these will refresh – and, they’ll be part of the weekly challenge pool, so you’re not going to want to miss out. (Don’t forget to compare notes with other Spartans to track them all down!)


Last season we added the Custom Game Browser (CGB) for Halo 3, and we’re thrilled to say we’ve expanded this functionality to Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. So, no matter what kind of game you want to toss together, you’ve got the ability to tweak and fiddle with each knob at your leisure.


Another addition we made last season was the ability for players to utilize mod tools so they can add their own custom content to [i]Halo: Combat Evolved[/i]. Watching the community use them has been a joy, and today [i]support for Halo 2[/i] and [i]Halo 3[/i] are being added!

For a fresh set of information on how to use these Mod Tools, be sure to check out our full blog post right over here on Steam.


In Season 8 of MCC we’re adding in a whole new litany of Nameplates for you to collect, and for you to further intimidate the pre-game lobby with! Dial up your in-game customization with the addition of new animated and seasonal Nameplates that will be nicely suited for any new look you’re sporting – whether you’re sporting the Drengr, ODST, or anything in between. 


Like with previous MCC seasons, Season 8 will last for limited time. With that in mind, it’s important to remember that there’s a set of timed seasonal exclusives for you to get your hands on. Some of these will be available on the Season Pass, others will be available during limited timeframes – so be sure to keep track.


Like with previous seasons, during Season 8 of MCC there’s going to be some brand-new rewards up for grabs! Mind you, once the season expires so will these – so, do yourself a favor and get started on them just as soon as you can. This time around you can get your hands on the Evalach’s Lament Back Accessory, the Scorned Fate Battle Rifle Skin, and the Gilded Lion Warthog Skin.

Lamentable: Complete the “Tea Time” and “Legion’s Bane” Challenges:

  • Tea Time: Defeat 5,000 Enemies. Defeating enemy players in matchmaking grants 10x progress.
  • Legion’s Bane: Earn 7,000 points for kills in PvE modes. Earn 1 for Grunts, Jackals, and Drones. 5 for Elites and Brutes. 10 for Hunters and vehicles.
  • Reward: Evalach’s Lament Back Accessory for Halo 3

Veteran Veneer: Complete the “Montage Starter Kit” and “Infamous” Challenges:

  • Montage Starter Kit: Earn 500 Headshots in matchmade games.
  • Infamous: Earn 200 multikill or spree category medals in matchmade PvP games.
  • Reward: Scorned Fate Battle Rifle Skin for Halo 3

The Hogfather: Complete the “Beast Mode” and “Chrononaut” Challenges:

  • Beast Mode: Earn 117 kills as either the Gunner or Driver of a Warthog while in matchmaking.
  • Chrononaut: Complete a cross-game campaign playlist.
  • Reward: Gilded Lion Warthog Skin for Halo 3

While adding content into MCC is always something that excites us, making sure that the entire experience is seeing improvements is something we’re always focused on as well. With the arrival of MCC Season 8 we’re excited to unveil some brand-new features to improve your experience all around MCC.


In order to make sure warriors old and new are able to do battle to the best of their ability, we’ve made some additional performance updates across MCC! Including:

  • Legacy Halo: CE 4K HUD
  • Halo 4 Reclaimer cinematic updates
  • Halo 2 parity fixes
  • Weapon display offsets
  • And more!

For more information on these updates, be sure to check out our Patch Notes

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