343 Industries 'evaluating' Halo: Reach for Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: Reach.
Halo: Reach. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft has finally deployed the long-awaited major update for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, bringing a variety of new features to the four-year-old title. Following its troubled debut, 343 Industries launched a program to fix its various issues, while committing to Xbox One X enhancements, Intelligent Delivery support, and various other changes.

Alongside the hefty 73GB update, 343 Industries took to the official Halo Waypoint blog to discuss its future plans for the game. The inclusion of 2010's Halo: Reach (opens in new tab) is seemingly a hot topic, which remains the last mainline Xbox 360 game absent from the collection. Although the studio isn't committing to its return, it claims it's "constantly evaluating" the prospect.

And yes, when it comes to future features, the team is definitely aware that many, many players are very eager to see Halo: Reach added – we don't have anything to announce or commit to right now, but it's on the long list of things the team is constantly evaluating and thinking about for possible future updates.

Halo: Reach was Bungie's final farewell to the Halo franchise, garnering generally strong reception, before moving onward to Destiny. Shifting away from Master Chief, the prequel focuses on a group of Spartans known as "Noble Team," during the fall of Reach. Despite the absence of the iconic super soldier, 343 Industries appears keen to include the title at a later date.

Would you like to see Halo: Reach in Halo: The Master Chief Collection? Drop into the comments section with your thoughts.

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  • Great game and I hope they include it. They already included a non-Chief game (ODST) to the MC collection. And although all Halo fans have this game already, it would make a good addition.
  • I would like to see it included.
  • Would be great to see this added...
  • I wonder how long it will take Microsoft to realize it only benefits from bringing the MCC to PC; but I guess they will do that when nobody gives a **** anymore.
  • Tbh I think they have said it will be coming at some point and next halo will also be on pc to.
  • God I hope this happens!
  • Now that xbox play anywhere exists, they most likely will bring it to PC at one point. However it remains a major console mover for Microsoft so we may not see it on PC for awhile.
  • I very much doubt the ancient MCC is a console mover. Nobody buys an Xbox to play the MCC, they buy it to play new Halo games, so selling the MCC on PC years after release on console would have zero effect on console sales.
  • I was refering to the Halo franchise and yes, MCC can be a console mover if marketed right. It's literally multiple games in one disk.
  • Ohhh heck yes. Reach all the way. Finally, 343 is doing something right.
  • Wake me up when it doesn't take forever to find the last player in matchmaking
  • New update is changing that Hot sauce
  • He was in it...in a non-canon Easter egg
  • I guess it will be in 2020, as an 10-year anniversary with fully 4K@60 cross-gen remaster and would be given for free to Halo Infinite bundle.
  • Yes, definitely would love to see Reach included. Get more gamers into the franchise via the Master Chief Collection.
  • Technically the Master Chief is a pretty integral part of Reach and what Noble Team set out to achieve so I'm really surprised it hasn't been included yet.
  • Also Master Chief is in Reach via an Easter Egg so there really isn't a reason it shouldn't be included.
  • I'd rather like to see Guardians in it than Reach.
  • I forgot Reach existed for a long time and I had never played it until a month or two ago. It was fantastic, and actually pretty moving. I enjoyed 4 & 5 but something in the tone of Reach just worked. Maybe I'm just a sucker for a weighty prequel story. I played it on Xbox one emulation but it would be awesome to get the full treatment.