343 Community Industry Director Brian "ske7ch" Jarard was sitting at the Reddit AMA today to answer questions about Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which is expected to debut on PC later this year. Some of what covered Jarrard was already known: the games will be available for purchase separately or in a bundle, they will be released in the order of their fictional chronology (so get first and then Combat Evolved) and there will be public flights "tests before release." Unfortunately, the only thing we all really want to know ̵
"At the moment, the priority is getting Halo: Reach ready for public flight and work is under way almost parallel to Halo: CE, which will be the second game," Jarrard writes. "In the end, we want to make these games in the hands of the player as soon as possible, and we hesitate to commit to a rigid timeframe because the truth is that they are ready when they are ready, the titles in a great place, and depending on that "
343 plans to maintain window mode, 21: 9, 16: 9, 16:10, 3: 2 and 4: 3 and 144Hz displays in all games in the collection, but Jarrard warned that some of the features "may differ slightly by title." The different games in the series may have different FOV adjustability, for example: "If the FOV correction causes a significant distortion of the player / weapon model, we may have to restrict it," says Jarard. On a more granular level, Jarrard said that Halo Reach in the Master Chief Collection will have "the same level of" mix and coincidence, "which is in the original games," but added that 343 is "studying a new and a deeper system for progression that retains the feelings of old systems and combines them with newer gameplay progression models. "This progressive system will be based entirely on gameplay, however, with" no kind of monetization or something like that. "
The Master Chief will feature a custom game browser, but the generic servers are not part of the plan. Mod support is possible in the future, but will not be available at startup, and you will need a Microsoft account (but not Xbox Live Gold) even if you buy the game through Steam. Jarrard also repeated yesterday's notes at Boni Ross's studio headline that the Master Chief Collection (not) supports Xbox Play Anywhere, writes: "We're still exploring ways to recognize the continued support of our Xbox One players so they can to enjoy the MCC on the computer, "and promising more details closer to the launch.
Unfortunately, if you hope that the arrival of the Master Chief Collection on the computer signals that Halo 5 is finally coming, Jarrard has bad news: "Our goal is to bring MCC and Reach to PC, no current plans to bring Halo 5. "