The Master Chief collection goes gold | 20GB content update on day one

The Master Chief collection brings all of the core Halo story in beautiful 1080p 60 fps.

The Master Chief collection brings all of the core Halo story in beautiful 1080p 60 fps.

Pre-order and pre-download is now available on the Xbox One. The Master Chief Collection will take up a whopping 65 GBs of space on your hard-drive — but it definitely looks worth it.

In his “going gold” post on Halo waypoint, Dan Ayoub (Executive Producer of 343i)states that “this is literally going to be the biggest Halo experience so far,” but even that statement doesn’t do the true magnitude of the game justice.

(Almost) Everything Halo from one menu with any combination of maps and missions at the players' fingertips.

(Almost) Everything Halo from one menu with any combination of maps and missions at the players’ fingertips.

The Master Chief collection goes above and beyond any other comparable value collection. Every map, every gun, every mission — all included on one disc that allows players to seamlessly transfer from one game to the next.

The disc contains a total of 45 GB of the initial content, but a day one update adds an additional 20 GB.

343i’s Franchise Development Director, Frank O’Connor, explains the update.

“That’s not a patch. It’s content. The game is designed to run as a single, unified product, digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs. Since the bulk of it is MP or MP related, the logic is sound.”

“If fixes were required for Campaign, they would be very small, but that’s not the case. All four campaigns will run directly from the disc without the content update. As will some custom game features. Again, the bulk of the CU is MP and MP related.”

For most it does not seem like the addition will be too much of a burden, but some gamers may have to wait a bit longer than they would have liked if they want to get in on the full multiplayer action right away at its 12:01 a.m. (EST) release on November 11th.

Those who pre-download the title on the Xbox store you’ll have to endure even less time and get straight to the exploration of any chapter in the expansive Halo universe.

Some of the most iconic maps of Halo 2 are better than ever with improved visuals and fine-tuned map designs.

Some of the most iconic maps of Halo 2 are better than ever with improved visuals and fine-tuned map designs.

At just $60 the Master Chief Collection is an absolute must have game for every Xbox One owner — whether your experienced with the Halo franchise or not.

Those without Xbox’s that are familiar with Halo (especially fans of the beloved Halo 2 multiplayer) may see this as a potential console-selling addition to the console’s rapidly growing library of quality games.

We’re just weeks away from re-exploring the likes of Blood Gulch, Sidewinder, Ascension, Midship, and over 90 other multiplayer maps — not including the plethora of maps that will be inevitably created from forge on Halo 2, 3, and 4.

 

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