Next Halo: MCC flight begins, includes new Halo 3 maps and armors

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What you need to know

  • 343 Industries has announced that the next Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC) flight has launched.
  • The flight includes two new Halo 3 maps from Halo Online, content from the upcoming Season 6, and several additional options for keybindings, audio, FOV, and viewmodels.
  • In a week or two, the custom games browser is also expected to be tested.
  • You'll need to be a Halo Insider to participate in test flights like this one.

343 Industries has officially launched the next Halo: Master Chief Collection (MCC) flight that was planned for the end of February 2021. It was originally supposed to come out earlier in the month, but an unexpected bug led the studio to delay the flight.

The main contents of the flight includes two new maps for Halo 3 from Halo Online called Edge and Waterfall. Other additions in the flight include content from the upcoming Season 6 (most notably, Halo 3 versions of the armor seen in Halo: Fireteam Raven), FOV adjustment support for Xbox One consoles, an unlocked FOV slider for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles that are set in 120Hz mode, double keybindings, support for mouse and keyboard on Xbox, and new options for both audio and weapon viewmodel settings.

A week or two into the flight, 343 also plans to introduce and test the long-awaited custom games browser. This browser will allow players to join public custom games lobbies, which will no doubt help the MCC's non-matchmaking multiplayer community thrive.

To participate in flights like these, players will need to sign up for the Halo Insider Program. Doing so is free and simple and it will also be part of how to play the Halo Infinite beta when it comes out. Therefore, you should definitely sign up. If you're lucky, 343 Industries might even send out a second wave of invites for this flight and you might get to participate in it after you register. You should also check out the MCC if you haven't already, as it offers all of the pre-Xbox One Halo shooters in a single bundle. It's easily one of the best Xbox One shooters available, and it's also an excellent game to play while waiting for Halo Infinite to arrive.

Brendan Lowry

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