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How to play Halo: MCC beta – Schedule, invites, and more

Published: 28/Jun/2019 22:30 Updated: 3/Dec/2019 16:51

by Eli Becht

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally headed to PC and the first beta period has kicked off. Here’s how you can participate.

Halo has long been just a console series but Microsoft and 343 Industries are trying to transition to a new audience, and that’s all starting with the port of the MCC to PC.

They have been teasing flights, which are short test periods designed to give players a taste of what to expect, along with seeing how the servers can handle things.

Halo: Reach is the first game in the collection coming to PC.

When is the beta?

The first test period begins today, June 28, and runs until July 1, giving players the weekend to check out how Halo: Reach looks and feels on PC.

However, this first beta only includes a single campaign mission from Reach, so you won’t be able to play against other players or anything of that sort.

How to join

To join in any of the flights, players have to register an email with Halo Insider. Emails have been sent so you’ll have to check and see if you’ve gotten one.

The first flight only features less than 1,000 players, so chances are high that you’ve missed out this time. If you were selected, you’ll have two emails – one for the invitation and one for the Steam key.

343 IndustriesHalo: Infinite is coming to PC when it launches.

What happens if you weren’t picked?

More flights are being held in the future, including ones for every title after Reach, so there are plenty more opportunities for you to get involved.

In the meantime, just make sure you’re signed up and hope for an email the next time flighting begins.

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Shroud believes Halo needs to change “a lot” to compete in modern era

Published: 23/Nov/2020 5:53

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Shroud believes Microsoft’s long-standing Halo franchise needs to change “a lot” about the way it plays if it’s to compete with modern titles like Fortnite and Call of Duty with the release of Halo Infinite next year.

Shroud is an expert when it comes to first-person shooters. It’s not even because he’s a phenomenal player. It’s because he knows what makes them good and how they can be improved.

The Twitch star regularly comments on games and issues; recently, he chimed in on Modern Warfare and explained why he finds it so boring.

Now, he’s set his sights on the Halo series, expressing concerns about Halo Infinite, which is still pending a release date after being delayed.

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Shroud is an open book and doesn’t mind sharing his opinions with viewers.

In his latest stream, Shroud spent a couple of hours fragging lobbies in Halo 4. He seemed to be enjoying himself, but even he wasn’t too sure, in the end: “I guess that was fun?” he said after closing the game browser. “I don’t know. I really don’t know. Just Halo, I guess.”

The concern, he said, is that the title feels ‘outdated,’ especially when matching up against other modern titles on the market.

“Halo Infinite needs to change a lot [to] so that it meets up with current expectations,” he said. “Halo is dated. But it makes sense. The games are old, so it makes sense for the games to feel dated.”

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Halo Infinite has had a troubled development since being delayed until 2021.

Of course, Halo Infinite is set to revolutionize the franchise by expanding the game into an open-world. However, Shroud’s comments seem to be more about the multiplayer combat and gameplay itself.

“It was so short… I don’t like how not chaotic it is,” he said. “4v4 and the size of the map and how you can control it is kind of weird. I wish it was more spontaneous and all over the place… More of a deathmatch.”

Shroud acknowledged he hasn’t played the series enough to know for sure. He also said he’s willing to give it another chance. “Everyone says Halo 5 could be something I’m interested in,” he said. “I really want to play more.”

Unfortunately, he didn’t have any real suggestions on how to improve the gameplay. However, he flirted with the idea of adding air strafe. “If this game had air strafe, it’d be f**king nuts. But.. then it’d pretty much just be Quake. Well, kind of.”

It goes without saying that Shroud’s views are his own, and he’s merely sharing them with viewers on his stream. There are plenty of other players who love the Halo series and are excited for Halo Infinite.

Still, the expectations for Halo Infinite are high, especially since it’s been five years since Halo 5. Plus, Shroud’s opinion is always valuable, and many believe his concerns are warranted.