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Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gone gold, 343 Industries revealed today. In this morning's announcement, they also clarified many important details about the game's launch.
Xbox One owners will be able to pre-order and pre-download Halo: The Master Chief Collection later today. It's going to be a sizable download. 343 Industries says that it's around 45 GB in total.
"To recap, Halo: The Master Chief Collection contains four complete Halo games, every multiplayer map ever released (including DLC from console and PC) across each game, a complete remaster of Halo 2 with all-new audio and Blur’s mind-blowing cinematics, and all of this is tied together with (and enhanced by) a revolutionary user interface," said 343's Dan Ayoub on Xbox Wire.
The full game is far larger than 45 GB, though. 343 says that they're going to release a launch update that will weigh in at about 20 GB. They mention that this update contains "some features and multiplayer content." The game's "Campaign and more" will be playable while this download is going on, though.
"Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day."
The full size of The Master Chief Collection will keep expanding after launch, too. The compilation won't include Halo 4's co-op campaign Spartan Ops on day one. 343 plans to release all ten episodes at once sometime in December. Its release will be accompanied by some kind of community event.
The end of the year will also bring the Halo 5 multiplayer beta. All Halo: MCC will get access to this short test. Presumably the files for that beta aren't lumped with the rest of the bundle so we could be looking at yet another download.
On the bright side, The Master Chief Collection's release date is being moved up in some countries. Initially 343 Industries planned to launch the game on November 11th in North America and November 14th in Europe. However, now most countries throughout the world will get the game on the 11th.
"There are still a few countries that will see a slight delay due to public holidays. In Europe, Belgium will release on November 12 and France will release on November 14 as part of their typical Friday release schedule. Our fans in Japan will see a release of November 13. Given the social aspects of the experience, we were really happy to get it as close to a simultaneous worldwide release as possible so that we can all celebrate on November 11 and start playing together."