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Halo: MCC PC flights, cross-play, and cross-progression explained

by Eli Becht

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After remaining largely an Xbox franchise, Halo is making the leap to PC starting with the Halo: Master Chief Collection and it's beginning with Reach.

Halo: Reach isn't currently part of the MCC, but it is coming by the end of the year according to 343 Industries.

It will just be included as a free add-on for those on Xbox and it'll be the first step of the MCC on PC, as the games are releasing one at a time in chronological order.

Microsoft
Microsoft
Halo 3 will be on PC eventually.


Halo: Master Chief Collection cross-play & cross-progression

At launch, there will not be cross-play between the PC and Xbox One versions of the game, but the team will be looking at and monitoring this.

However, there will be cross-play between the PC versions of the game so it won't matter if you pick it up through Steam or the Windows Store.

343 released an infographic that broke down how cross-play and cross-progression will work across every platform.

343 Industries
343 Industries
How cross-play and cross-progression works.


When is the next set of flights?

Halo: Reach has been going through a series of flights on PC where players are able to test how the game runs and how it feels. The October flights were meant to give players a taste of how the matchmaking will work.

The current set of flights is currently ongoing and they are covering PC-related problems, but they are available through an invite only. 

October 29, 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 4v4
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Arcade

October 30, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 8v8
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Heroic

October 31, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 4v4
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Arcade

November 1, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 2v2
  • Competitive: Invasion
  • Firefight: Arcade

November 2, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 4v4
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Arcade

November 3, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 8v8
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Heroic

November 4, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT & 5:00 PM PT - 9:00 PM PT

  • Social: 4v4
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Arcade

November 5, 10:00 AM PT - 1:00 PM PT

  • Social: 8v8
  • Competitive: Team Hardcore
  • Firefight: Heroic

343 Industries
343 Industries
The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC.

Outside of these flights, the next wave hasn't been announced and if Reach is really coming out by the end of the year, the developers are running out of time on that end as there are only two months left.

After that, 343 will be moving onto Halo: Combat Evolved as the next addition, but things will probably be moving a bit faster there since hopefully a lot of the issues will be found with the current set of flights.

343 said they will share more information about the future of the game in their November update, perhaps we will receive our first concrete information about a release date then as well.