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A Spartan helmet on a background of four scenes from the Halo Games
A Spartan helmet on a background of four scenes from the Halo Games

Halo: The Master Chief Collection – April 2022 Update

Halo Game Case - Courtesy of 343 Industries
Developer
343 Industries, Splash Damage, Ruffian Games, Bungie, Saber Interactive
Publisher
Xbox Game Studios
Platforms
PC (Microsoft Windows) / Xbox One / Xbox Series X|S
Rating
ERSB Mature (17+)
Release Date
Nov 11, 2014

When 343 Studios dropped the Season 8: Mythic Update back in October 21, bringing stunning new armour sets with it, they announced that they were moving away from doing seasonal releases. Some fans were concerned that this was the signal that the Master Chief Collection was going on life support.

They have released a new content filled patch with updates and improvements to several matchmaking modes.

ODST Firefight – ‘Floodfight’

One of the main Co-Op modes in the MCC is the 4 player Firefight mode, with this patch 343 have added the Flood to Firefight mode, with upgrades enabling them to jump into vehicles and turrets and three new combat forms – the infected civilian, the infected ODST, and the infected Elite Major which sports red armor and energy shields.

With the flood waves being accompanied by a fog effect for that added spookey ambiance you will need to keep an eye on your allies as they can be infected and rise to join the foe in wiping out the squad. Alongside the new foes there are also new Weapons (Flamethrowers or “Boons” of Assault Rifles and Battle Rifles) and Allies (Marines, NMPD or even Allied Elites), with options to enable these in Solo Firefight and in other Firefight game modes.

An ODST using the Flamethrower on a Flood
An ODST using the Flamethrower on a Flood

Campaign Crossplay for Halo 3 and ODST

One of the key things snuck into this patch is Xbox/PC Co-Op Crossplay for the Campaigns of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST, although the team do note that things may get buggy and have flagged this feature as Experimental.

Halo 4 : Campaign Customisation

A new setting has been introduced in the Halo 4 Campaign menu to enable your cool weapon skins to show up and let you flex them on the poor poor AI.

New Skulls in Halo 2, Halo 3 and ODST

A list of new skulls added to the various campaigns have been added, with the Acrophobia Skull having the byline of “The Corps: Now issuing rifles AND wings”.

  • Anger
  • Bandanna
  • Bonded Pair
  • Boom
  • Eye Patch
  • Foreign
  • Ghost
  • Jacked
  • Malfunction
  • Master Blaster
  • Pinata
  • Recession
  • So…Angry…
  • Swarm
  • That’s Just… Wrong
  • They Come Back (Halo 3 only)
  • Acrophobia (Halo 3: ODST only)

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