This Fall, the eighth season of Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released, and it will be the final content update of 2021. The update will arrive ahead of the December 8 release of “Halo Infinite”, and creators hope that it will help both The Master Chief Collection and Infinite succeed by preventing any potential conflict between the two games.
New features, more games in the Custom Game Browser, and increased support for modders are all included in the Season 8 release. Steam Account Linking, PC File Share, a Custom Game Browser that supports Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3, as well as new seasonal content like mythic armors and skins, are just a few of the new features. Along with this, Halo 2 will receive some quality of life enhancements, such as AI improvements, skull pickup prompts, and some classic texture adjustments that will bring the game closer to the aesthetic of the original Xbox. Some of the enhancements made to the classic incarnations in The Master Chief Collection, such as texturing issues in Halo: CE, are reflected in these changes.
Since its debut in 2014, 343 Industries has given free content upgrades for The Master Chief Collection. 343’s commitment to the free-to-play multiplayer model is demonstrated by its continued multiplayer support. In a recent entry on the Halo Waypoint blog, Michael Fahrney, 343’s Publishing Team Lead Producer, reveals that the next season also features personalization content that “has been turning heads internally.” It will, however, be the collection’s final major seasonal update as 343 focuses its focus on sustaining Infinite in the coming year and beyond.
According to 343 Industries’ development update from September 15, the team still has a lot of work to do on The Master Chief Collection and will continue to support it through 2022. Although 343 plans to focus on smaller updates that “can drop when they’re ready,” new Halo 3 content, such as the recently published map, may not be ruled out. These future updates, like the seasonal releases, will be free and part of a continual effort to improve quality of life and stability. Although additional content is planned for The Master Chief Collection in the future, the frequency with which updates are given is certain to change.
At this time, it’s unclear what 343 has planned for season-specific elements like challenges, season points, and the Exchange in this new update model.
With the advent of the Custom Game Browser, this was a significant year for The Master Chief Collection, but it was an even larger year for the Halo franchise as a whole. The release of Infinite is rapidly approaching, and it appears that fans will be anxious to pick up the new title and put the rest of the franchise on hold for a while, even if they are only committed to a seasonal investment. However, those who want Infinite to continue the style and gameplay of The Master Chief Collection may be disappointed. Infinite’s abundance of alterations and new features resembles the divisive Halo 5: Guardians.
Regardless, fans who long for the traditional Halo experience will hopefully love what 343 Industries has in store for the collection this fall.