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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting the Xbox One X treatment

The remastered Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be further-enhanced for Xbox One X.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection Xbox One X

The remastered Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be further-enhanced for Xbox One X.

When Halo: Combat Evolved launched for the original Xbox console, way back in 2001, it changed the first-person shooter, in its own way. Where the 90s heroes – Half-Life, System Shock and Deus Ex – paved the way for thoughtful, immersive sims, Halo laid the groundwork for bombastic, fast-paced games with a brilliant multiplayer focus.

Bungie’s series grew from there, both in terms of cinematic campaign scope, and spreading from the LAN party into online multiplayer via the revolutionary Xbox Live service. It quickly became Microsoft’s flagship, it’s go-to showcase for its hardware and services.

Fast forward fifteen years and Halo’s power has waned. Bungie abandoned ship and went on to develop Destiny, the online spiritual successor to Halo (it even has Master Chief’s pants for the logo), and 343 Industries… carried on as before, basically.

If you want to relive the glory days, Halo: The Master Chief Collection launched for Xbox One in 2014. Yes, it feels a little long in the tooth in parts, but there’s still a rush or two to be had in there.

And now, via a community livestream last night, 343 Industries has announced that the Master Chief Collection will be getting the full Xbox One X treatment.

We don’t know exactly what form that will take yet, but based on the general noises we’re hearing from Microsoft around their new super-powered console, it will include a resolution bump, improved textures, possibly HDR support, and generally improved frame rates.

Expect to see the Xbox One X enhancements – and a raft of other bug fixes, updates and improvements – for the Master Chief Collection sometime in 2018.

Tom is an itinerant freelance technology writer who found a home as an Editor with Thumbsticks. Powered by coffee, RPGs, and local co-op.