Halo: The Master Chief Collection is finally getting the Halo 3: ODST Firefight mode in an update later this summer. 343 Industries, the current developer behind the Halo franchise, made the announcement via Twitter earlier today. Fans have been asking for this since The Master Chief Collection launched in 2014 for Xbox One. The classic Firefight mode will also come just in time for the PC releases of Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST.
Prepare to drop. pic.twitter.com/lgjL97S0Th
— Halo (@Halo) June 10, 2020
The Master Chief Collection originally launched with just Halo 1, 2, 3, and 4 on Xbox One, but 343 managed to add the ODST campaign post-launch. For whatever technical reason, the extremely popular Firefight mode never made it to release. Last year, Halo: Reach was added to MCC, yet the collection was left strangely feeling incomplete.
343 Industries has been hard at work since last year porting every installment of Halo to PC though. It looks like the team has finally found room in the budget to make the complete version of ODST a reality.
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Firefight is a cooperative wave-based survival mode that pits players against various assortments of Covenant enemies. As one would expect, the enemies get bigger and more badass the longer players survive. Firefight is a thrilling experience with plenty of maps to battle on and plenty of unique encounters.
Firefight was also a featured mode in Halo: Reach, but fans argue that the ODST version was the best. That’s because it runs on the Halo 3 engine and features all of the same enemies and mechanics. Frankly, it’s hard to beat Halo 3 at anything. It’s no wonder that the lack of ODST Firefight has been such a long-standing point of contention for the community.
343 didn’t give an exact release date, but the developer states it will arrive later this summer. The developer is currently finishing work on the Halo 3 PC port, which it plans to start beta testing any week now. After it’s released, work will begin on ODST. Since both games share the same engine, the latter should stay on schedule for a late summer release on PC.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection can be purchased as a whole package or per title via Steam or the Microsoft Store, where it is currently 20% off. The PC version currently includes Reach and Halo 1 and 2, but Halo 3, ODST, and Halo 4 will eventually make their way to each platform as they are finished later this year.