We’ve heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC, that it’s doing so in pieces, and that every piece should be released by the end of this year. Given that ‘the MCC’ includes six games, that’s a pretty rapid release schedule, and developer 343 Industries is wasting no time, with testing of Halo: Reach due to begin this very month.
Yesterday, Halo community director Brian Jarrard tweeted “Happy April! If all goes according to plan, this is the month we start the first Reach/MCC flights,” following up with “oh, it’s no joke” when a reply pointed out that it was April 1. “Flights” refers to early access test sessions of the PC MCC games offered via the Halo Insider programme, for which you can sign up here.
Jarrard had said that Reach flights will start on Xbox One first and then PC, though has since walked this back. As of today it’s uncertain which platform will come first, but Jarrard confirms “both platforms will see flighting“, which is the main thing.
Halo: Reach is the first game in the Halo series by in-universe chronology, being a direct prequel to the series’ groundbreaking 2001 debut Halo: Combat Evolved. Thus it will be the first release in the MCC, and with a playable test due this month, hopefully we can expect a proper public launch soon after that.
Happy April! If all goes according to plan, this is the month we start the first Reach/MCC flights. ✈️ 🤞
— Brian Jarrard (@ske7ch) April 2, 2019
Reach was the last Halo game made by the series’ creator and original developer Bungie, before the studio split from Microsoft and signed up with Activision to make Destiny. It was very well-received, winning 9s and 10s across the board and currently sitting on a Metacritic score of 91.
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And we on PC will get to play it for the first time before the end of April. You can check out its Steam page and everything – it’s all happening. Having never owned an Xbox myself, I’m personally very excited indeed.
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