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

Published: 31/Oct/2019 22:02 Updated: 31/Oct/2019 22:07

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.

MicrosoftHalo 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 IndustriesHow 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 IndustriesThe 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.

TV + Movies

Halo TV series recasts Cortana with game’s original voice actor

Published: 12/Nov/2020 10:28

by Daniel Megarry

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Showtime’s Halo TV series has recast Cortana, bringing in the character’s original voice actor Jen Taylor for the role.

After years of speculation and attempts to get a series or movie based on the beloved gaming franchise off the ground, Showtime are finally making real progress. A 10-episode season is scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2021, with Pablo Schrieber in the lead role.

It was originally announced that Natascha McElholne would play Cortana, the iconic AI that assists Master Chief throughout his missions (and inspired Microsoft’s real-life personal assistant of the same name). McElholne was also cast in a dual role as Cortana’s creator, Dr. Catherine Halsey.

Cortana in Halo
Microsoft
Cortana has been voiced by Jen Taylor in the Halo series of games for two decades

But now, IGN have confirmed that McElhone can no longer complete her scenes as Cortana. As you can probably guess, this is due to complications caused by the ongoing global health crisis. She’s still set to continue in the role of Dr. Halsey, though.

Jen Taylor will reprise her role as Cortana

Cortana will instead now be played by Jen Taylor, who returns to the role she played in Halo 1, 2, 3, Reach, 4, and 5. It’s currently unknown whether Taylor will record live-action scenes for the part, or will be a voice actor for a full CGI portrayal.

The announcement will no doubt please longtime Halo fans, as it brings some welcome continuity from the games over to the live-action series.

Master Chief holding helmet
Microsoft
The Halo franchise is still going strong

We don’t know the exact plot of the Halo series, but Showtime have explained it will follow “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant,” adding, “Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

The series is expected to release some point in the first quarter of 2021, so there’s not too long to wait to see Master Chief and Cortana on our screens. In the meantime, you can find everything we know about Showtime’s new Halo series, including casting and plot rumors, right here.