The release of Halo 3 on PC on July 14 also marks the start of Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s Season 2–and there’s a lot of new stuff coming to the game very soon. Developer 343 Industries spoke at length about the Season 2 update and Halo 3 on PC as part of a lengthy developer livestream today.
Starting off, Season 2 will usher in a lovely looking new main menu screen for MCC. It shows off some iconic weaponry and vehicles from Halo 3, and it scrolls through different images if you hover over the page. You can see a still from the new menu screen below.
For Season 2, MCC is getting over 100 new items, and these include things like weapon skins, visors, vehicle skins, and nameplates to customize your look in the game. Vehicle skins will be available in Halo CE, which is notable because it’s the first time the game has ever had vehicle skins in its 19-year history.
343 has also introduced an update in Season 2 that allows you to spend Season Points to unlock new items right away, instead of needing to grind for XP to get them. Additionally, MCC’s Season 1 content will remain available to purchase with Season Points. To be clear, MCC’s various cosmetic items are only available to purchase with Season Points, and not microtransactions.
With Season 2 Content coming soon to Halo MCC, you’ll still be able to unlock Season 1 content at anytime! You’ll be able to toggle back-and-forth and choose how to spend your season points! pic.twitter.com/AOm52EH4hN
— Chief Canuck (@ChiefCanuck) July 9, 2020
Character customization is also getting some attention for Halo 3 specifically. With the Season 2 update, 343 is introducing much more customization options and depth, including the ability to see your emblem on your shoulder plate. You can also select specific armor pieces individually, whereas in the past you could only change your full armor set.
The Forge mode is also coming to Halo: Reach, Halo 2, and Halo 3 on PC with the Season 2 update. Additionally, Halo 3’s Forge mode specifically will get new features like “phased” physics, a bigger spend budget, and new pieces like vehicles including the gigantic Elephant.
Be sure to check out the full developer livestream above to see what’s new in MCC Season 2.
With the launch of Season 2, all player skill rankings will be reset, though players will still be able to see their “lifetime highest rank” in each ranked playlist to know how they performed in previous seasons.
343 has a separate team working on Halo Infinite, and it’s preparing to showcase the next-generation Halo game during the Xbox 20/20 event on July 23. Just recently, 343 confirmed that it will show off the game’s campaign, not multiplayer, as part of the reveal.
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