Microsoft has used X019 to confirm that Halo: Reach, the fantastic prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, will be joining The Master Chief Collection on Tuesday 3rd December.
We already knew it was coming, of course, but this is the first time we’ve heard a release date. That date also just so happens to be the day that The Master Chief Collection will get its much-anticipated PC launch. The PC launch of The Master Chief Collection will be staggered, meaning that the games are being released one at a time in chronological order. Halo: Reach is the first of those games, with the others to follow at later, currently unspecified dates. PC players can pre-purchase The Master Chief Collection via Steam for £29.99, or you can buy Halo: Reach individually for £6.99, or it will be available as part of the Xbox Game Pass for PC.
As for Xbox One players, there are a couple of different ways for you to revisit Reach or experience it for the first time. The game will be available as premium downloadable content for The Master Chief Collection for £6.99 if you so wish, or it will be available to anybody who subscribes to the Xbox Game Pass.
If you haven’t played Halo: Reach before then I strongly suggest that you check it out, especially now that it’ll be getting a makeover with some shiny new 4K graphics. To give you some background on the game, I’ll revert back to my comments from back when the game was first announced for the MCC:
“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”.
Halo: Reach will join The Master Chief Collection on Tuesday 3rd December.