[Rumor] Halo: The Master Chief Collection brings Halo: CE-4 to Xbox One this year

Posted on May 19, 2014 - 10:57am by Patrick Breeden

Master Chief may be coming to Xbox One sooner than expected, and he’s bringing his entire legacy with him.

According to Engadget, Microsoft plans to release Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One this year. The collection is expected to include all things Master Chief, so expect to see Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 with touched up graphics. Halo releases that didn’t feature Master Chief – Reach, Wars, ODST – likely won’t make an appearance.

Development team Saber Interactive is likely the team behind this project, Engadget said. Saber, the studio behind works like R.I.P.D. The Game, worked on Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary and is working on an unannounced Xbox One project.

Technical details for the project are unknown at this time. Microsoft recently announced Halo 5: Guardians will run at 60 frames per second, but screen resolution is still uncertain. Ubisoft recently revealed the upcoming Watch Dogs will run at 30 frames per second in 792p resolution for Xbox One, so Halo fans may expect the upcoming Halo titles to run in 720p.

The 2015 slate for Halo 5 means it will release roughly three years after Halo 4’s fall 2012 release. Microsoft’s Xbox division head Phil Spencer said three years is probably too long.

“I will say I think one Halo game every three years -- which was kind of our old cadence -- is probably not frequent enough,” Spencer said.

Spencer said he personally disliked the idea of a non-sports game release every year because he didn’t believe developers would have enough time to make every release worth buying.

“I used to look at annual releases of non-sports games as people just trying to milk me,” Spencer said. “I figured nobody had enough time to do a good job, and all of the negatives that we would associate with those kinds of scenarios. Kudos to Activision because they've done a good job building a good game, continuing to release each year and I think the fans feel like it's a good thing that they do that.”

Ubisoft has released a new Assassin’s Creed console title every year since Assassin’s Creed II in 2009. Despite the series’ frequent releases, each release earned high review scores and solid sales numbers.

Microsoft hasn’t made an official announcement concerning the Master Chief Collection rumor, and it’s highly doubtful the company would say anything concerning the collection’s possibility until it’s time to announce a release date and take pre-orders.

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