Halo: Reach, the fantastic prequel to the Halo series, is coming to The Master Chief Collection later this year, 343 Industries and Microsoft have announced.
The news came during Tuesday’s episode of Inside Xbox that was sure to please fans of Microsoft’s flagship series, as players have been asking for Halo: Reach to be added to the collection for some time. Once Halo: Reach is added, The Master Chief Collection will package together Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Reach, and Halo 4.
The multiplayer portion of Halo: Reach will be available for free to all players who already own The Master Chief Collection, but the fantastic Campaign and Firefight mode will be premium digital DLC. Players who subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass, however, will have access to all aspects of Halo: Reach as part of their subscription. Speaking on how Halo: Reach would become available, Microsoft said:
“On Xbox One specifically, Halo: Reach’s multiplayer content (which includes Forge and the Theater) will be automatically included for everyone who owns Halo: The Master Chief Collection while Halo: Reach’s Campaign and Firefight experiences will be offered together as a premium digital add-on. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will have access to the entirety of Halo: Reach within MCC as part of their subscription. Halo: Reach will look and play just as great when it lands on the Microsoft Store and Steam with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Firefight available for purchase as the first step in this PC journey.”
That mention of both Steam and PC is due to the news that The Master Chief Collection is getting a PC release later this year, but no official release dates have been announced yet.
Halo: Reach first released on the Xbox 360 back in 2010. Acting as a prequel to the original series, it focuses on UNSC soldiers battling Covenant forces on the planet Reach. It was the final Halo game to be developed by Bungie and is, unsurprisingly, possible considered to be the last truly fantastic Halo game. It’s notable for not featuring Master Chief (much like ODST), which may make it quite surprising that it’s going to join The Master Chief Collection, but it’s a story that is an important part of the saga and it makes sense to have the full series available in one place.
As is the case with all of the other games in The Master Chief Collection, 343 Industries has confirmed that Halo: Reach will be getting some improvements, with 4K resolution, 60 FPS, and HDR graphics all confirmed.
Halo: Reach will join The Master Chief Collection later this year.