Halo Master Chief Collection Support Ended Due To Lack of Microtransactions

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  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been going strong for many years, but the game’s last major update was released last year.
  • An insider reports that Microsoft pulled the plug on this project due to a lack of microtransactions.
  • He confirms that this decision was not made by 343 Industries.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection packs the most iconic Xbox first-party titles into a single bundle. This collection has come a long way from its troubled history to its current state on Xbox Series S|X and PC.

343 Industries has expanded the collection in numerous ways, adopting a successful live-service model. The developer also avoided microtransactions in this journey, but this decision led to the project’s demise, according to a new report.

Why it matters: Live-service projects are highly popular due to their potential for microtransaction sales. This has motivated the likes of Ubisoft and Warner Bros to pursue this model, but Microsoft’s collection was seen as unviable due to lacking similar options.

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The latest information comes from Rebs Gaming, a Halo content creator. This user has previously leaked information on Halo Infinite and its many game modes, citing sources like former developers.

In his latest video, Rebs Gaming seemingly confirms that the development of Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been ended for good, stating that the main reason behind this decision was the lack of microtransactions in the game.

Despite its popularity, this game has not received a major update since July 2023. The report outlines the fact that Microsoft did not find this project beneficial without a constant revenue stream.

This meant that efforts on the project were already scaled back before July 2023. Microsoft gave many developers the option to switch over to Halo Infinite’s development, but it seems 343 Industries was not too fond of the announcement.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the best way to revisit the series on modern platforms.

The studio was still keen on supporting Halo: The Master Chief Collection, but Microsoft’s fears of an incoming recession, combined with the lack of lucrative microtransactions, meant that the developer had little to no say in the matter.

Rebs Gaming states that a small team at 343 Industries is still maintaining the game behind the scenes, but most of the studio has shifted to Halo Infinite. However, he confirms that Microsoft has not ruled out returning to this collection in the future.

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