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343 Industries and Microsoft kind of dropped the ball in a big way with the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The game's launch was riddled with bugs and problems that hampered the gaming experience for a lot of people. Well, after finally fixing the game and stabilizing it, there are some major updates inbound for the shooter anthology.
The tweet was posted to the official Halo Twitter account where it was revealed that 343 Industries have plans on upgrading and updating Halo: The Master Chief Collection with some additional fixes, as well as exclusive Xbox One X enhancements set to arrive in 2018.
Now, one thing that we can already surmise from this is that Xbox One X enhancements over standard Xbox One features usually entails updating games to run at native 4K or at least down-sampling for games running on 1080p televisions. Alternatively, some games have or will receive pseudo-4K updates in the form of checkerboarding to reach 4K resolution.
So, perhaps we can expect some of the games or all the games within the Halo: The Master Chief Collection to receive a 4K update, this would include the original Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.
One thing that I'm curious about is if the games do receive a 4K update will they be 30fps or 60fps? One of the biggest issues with the 4K focus by some companies is that it's come at the expense of frame-rate. I'm sure a lot of gamers would prefer if games ran at 1080p or 1440p and 60fps as opposed to the unstable but sharper 4K at 30fps.
According to Rolling Stone, 343 Industries will also be updating Halo: The Master Chief Collection with a new "public flighting program" for iterative patching. This seems kind of like an odd thing to add to a game that's already three years old. How many more patches does 343 plan to add to the game that the studio would design a new dispatcher for updates?
These features will arrive in early 2018 by the spring, but maybe 343 is updating the patcher to help with testing and iterative roll-outs in case the 4K update doesn't go over too well. It could also be a way to use it as a test for Halo 6. Then again, Halo 5: Guardians didn't really have the problems that Halo: The Master Chief Collection had, so maybe the patcher is for some other reason? Perhaps a release on PC?
Well, whatever additional plans 343 has for the Halo franchise, it's latched onto the upcoming updates set to arrive for The Master Chief Collection. The game originally launched with a lot of problems, especially in regard to the matchmaking and some performance issues, but over time 343 managed to fix some of the issues. It took almost a year before it was right proper, but I guess it's better late than never, right? Well, Xbox One X owners will be able to look forward to the updates for the anthology in 2018.