343 Industries community director Brian "ske7ch" Jarrard Held in a Reddit AMA Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is expected to be released later this year. The games will be available for purchase individually or in a bundle, they'll be released in order of their fictional chronology (see Reach first, then Combat Evolved), and there will be public "flighting "tests prior to release. Unfortunately, the one thing we all want to know is when we can start playing.
"Halo: Reach ready for public flight and work is almost in parallel for Halo: CE, which wants to be the second game," Jarrard wrote. Flighting wants to be critical to help us get this titles to a great place and how that goes, it could lengthen or extend the release cadence. "
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On a more granular level, Jarrard said that Halo Reach in the Master Chief Collection wants to have "the same level of 'mix and match' customization found in the original games," but added that 343 is "exploring a new and deeper progression system that retains the feel of the old systems and blends them with new models for game progression. " That progression system wants to be based entirely on gameplay, however, with "no type of monetization or anything of that nature."
The Master Chief Collection is looking for a custom game browser, but community-hosted dedicated servers are currently not part of the plan. Mod support is possible in the future but will not be available at launch, and you will need a Microsoft Account to play it. Xbox Play Anywhere, writing, "We are still exploring ways to recognize the continued support of our Xbox One players so they are also able to enjoy MCC." Jarrard also echoed yesterday's remarks by 343 studio head Bonnie Ross about the Master Chief Collection on PC, "and more details closer to launch.
Sadly, if you were hoping that the arrival of the Master Collection on PC signals that Halo 5 is finally coming too, Jarrard has bad news: "Our Focus is bringing MCC and Reach to PC, there are no current plans to bring over Halo 5. "