Halo 5, The Master Chief Collection, and Halo Wars 2 Getting Xbox One X Enhancements Into 2018

Halo 5, The Master Chief Collection, and Halo Wars 2 Getting Xbox One X Enhancements Into 2018

Microsoft is going to continue to update the entire Halo slate.

There's not a new Halo coming anytime soon, but Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced that the current lineup of Halo games will be seeing content updates and Xbox One X enhancements this year and into 2018.

First up is Halo 5: Guardians, which will be getting its Overtime update next month. 343 Industries has been working with Skybox Labs on 4K Xbox One X enhancements for Halo 5. The classic Oddball gameplay mode returns, with players fighting it out for control of a skull just like the days of old. There's also a new local server app for setting up home LAN parties or tournaments and general tweaks to several weapons.

Halo Wars 2 will also be getting visual upgrades for Xbox One X. The real news here is the addition of crossplay for Xbox One and Windows 10. Before now, Halo Wars 2 was a Play Anywhere title, letting players switch between both platforms at will, but online only worked on the same system. Now online will work with any combination of those platforms.

Finally, 343 Industries is going to be taking a hard, long look at Halo: the Master Chief Collection. The game will be receiving those Xbox One X improvements, but 343 is also putting a system in place to test further updates. Starting in Spring 2018, there will be the new "flighting" program, letting 343 test out iterative updates in public.

"We'll need the support of our community to help test and provide feedback at large scale as we work to update and improve Halo: The Master Chief Collection. We'll share additional details and timing as plans are locked," said the company in a statement.

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