Halo: The Master Chief Collection might've been quietly killed by Microsoft

Halo: The Master Chief Collection might've been quietly killed by Microsoft
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


8th Mar 2024 16:45

Despite being one of the best portfolios of shooter games that you can find on the market, diving deep into the Halo franchise, The Master Chief Collection appears to be dead and buried.

Ironically, it's the fans who have seemingly signed its death warrant, too. According to new reports, Halo: The Master Chief Collection fans might have put the final nail in its coffin after campaigning against microtransactions.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection support reportedly killed off

Popular Halo content creator and reporter "Mr_Rebs" has claimed that 343 Industries ended support for the Master Chief Collection sometime last year after Microsoft was unhappy with its lack of revenue stream. The report claims that support for the MCC ended in July, a few months after the massive layoffs at 343 Industries.

The collection boasts Reach, Combat Evolved Anniversary, 2: Anniversary, Halo 3, 3:ODST, and Halo 4, but saw the release of Halo Infinite eclipse a lot of post-launch content (we all know how that went). The MCC never implemented any money-making strategies in content updates, which could've cost it dearly.

Further corroborating the report, rumours swirled in December of devs being sent a commemorative plaque mourning the game's death in July 2023. Of course, until we get an official word from the Green Team, take all of the above with a pinch of salt. 

Microtransaction complaints might've killed off MCC

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Previously, Halo fans rallied in mass numbers to prevent 343 Industries from adding Spartan Coins to the collection, which would have served as microtransactions to allow players to unlock more cosmetic items and bypass the usual in-game collection of the currency.

The backlash from fans resulted in the developers scrapping this idea, and apparently, Microsoft's woes about revenue streams have tipped over the scales towards cancelling the game. 

As for what's next for Halo, only Master Chief knows that. As Infinite continues to struggle and the long-rumoured battle royale game is reportedly scrapped, 343 Industries is also down to a skeleton crew. Microsoft's former poster boy is a long way from its glory days, and to be honest, we're not sure whether Halo can claw its way back. 

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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