Microsoft has officially announced that the much awaited compilation of the widely popular Halo video game series – Halo: The Master Chief Collection – has gone gold and is now available for digital pre-order and pre-download.
Buyers can pre-order the game on the Xbox Store for $59.99 which will enable them to pre-download the game and any pre-release updates available. The developers have said that the whole collection will be almost 45GB in size. Additionally, players will still need to download an update when the game launches that is estimated to be 20GB in size.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes four of the franchises’ biggest games including the original Halo: Combat Evolved, the industry-changing classic Halo 2, Halo 3, and, the most recent release of the franchise, Halo 4. Additionally, the Halo 2 that comes with the collection is a remastered Anniversary edition of the game which will feature updated HD graphics and textures, all-new audio, 60fps gameplay, new cinematics, and a whole lot of other new in-game features. Additionally, those who would like to play Halo 2 in its original form will be able to instantly switch between the classic and the remastered versions easily.
Microsoft also announced that they’ve pushed up the international release of the collection to coincide with its North American release. Halo: The Master Chief Collection was originally set to launch on November 11 in North American and November 14 for the rest of the world but now most territories will get the game on the same date except for a select few due to public holidays which include Belgium which will get the game a day later on November 12, Japan on the 13th, and France on November 14.
Those who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection will also get access to the beta of the next installment in the series, Halo 5: Guardians. The beta is scheduled to begin on December 29 and will run for a total of three weeks ending on January 18, 2015. Also coming out during the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the Ridley Scott produced episodic series Halo: Nightfall which will feature the backstory of one of Halo 5: Guardian’s main characters, Agent Locke.