4 games, 100+ maps, 4000 Gamerscore, Halo 5 Beta
All the Halo ever is coming to Xbox One.
We knew that already, but didn't know that Microsoft was taking that very literally. The Master Chief Collection has officially been announced, a single disc containing Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Anniversary Edition, Halo 3 and Halo 4 along with 4000 GS worth of achievements. However, the collection will also contain every multiplayer map from all of those titles, including Halo 2's multiplayer suite in its entirety.
With the exception of Reach and ODST, this is about as "complete" as it gets. Even before you factor in extra content too.
As mentioned, the Master Chief Collection includes remastered anniversary editions of Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2 alongside retouched versions of Halo 3 and 4. The action will run in 1080p, with the ability to set up cross-game mission playlists for cooperative 'best of' shenanigans via a "unified interface." Achievement hunters will be able to clock up an impressive 4000 GS worth, meaning that the upcoming snappable achievement app will come in very handy indeed.
In terms of multiplayer, the action is built around Halo 2's multiplayer framework, meaning dual-wielding, Spartans vs Elites and all the classic mainstays. However, every single map from the entire series is included -- over 100 -- running on their original engines and dedicated Xbox Live servers.
Not enough? No problem. The Master Chief Collection will also contain a Halo miniseries and Halo 5 multiplayer beta access too.
Last-gen games on new-gen hardware, sure. But so long as it doesn't cost a bomb, this is going to shift a fair few Xbox Ones.
We'll see you in Blood Gulch.