May 28, 2019 Public tests for The Master Chief Collection are now due to hit PC in June.
As we know, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is officially coming to PC. The full MCC will release in instalments, the first of which is Halo: Reach. Test ‘flights’ for players in the Halo Insider programme have been delayed beyond their scheduled April launch, but there’s hope that something will be playable at E3.
Earlier this week, Microsoft stores (the bricks-and-mortar kind, not the digital one) were advertising an in-store demo of the Halo: Reach beta, though Microsoft has since explained to us that this was a mistake – no such demo will be available in stores. Regardless, the story found its way to Reddit, where Brian Jarrard, community head at developer 343 Industries, popped in to say “it’s highly likely that a representative work-in-progress flight-build slice of Reach PC will be on hand in Microsoft’s booth at E3.”
Jarrard also says that the tests “should begin rolling out to Insiders in June,” though given the delays the beta has already suffered, he’s hesitant to promise too much. Either way, you should expect a new update blog detailing test plans on the official site some time this week – perhaps as soon as tomorrow.
Earlier this month, Jarrard wrote that it “currently it doesn’t look like public flighting will begin prior to E3. The team has made a lot of progress on a number of areas but everything is just taking time (in some cases longer than initially anticipated.”
The reaction on Reddit was generally supportive, with users saying that they’re content to wait a bit longer if that means a more polished test product and a less burned-out development team.
“Take as much time as you need to do it right,” wrote user Derpface123. “What people need to understand is that PC games don’t get invalidated/made inaccessible by the release of new, potentially non-backwards-compatible consoles; once a game is out on PC, it’s out forever.”
When the Master Chief Collection launched on Xbox One in 2014, players found the multiplayer experience upsettingly buggy and reported extremely poor matchmaking. Many of those issues were addressed in subsequent patches, but it’s likely that 343 wants to avoid a repeat of that with the PC port of the collection.
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This year’s E3 will run June 11-13, so we can start expecting to see the Halo: MCC public test sometime after that. Jarrard has explained in the past that the delays for the PC test have been a result of the PC platform being significantly more complicated than its console counterpart. Currently, the game’s Steam page simply lists it as “Coming Soon.”