It has been some months since Halo: The Master Chief Collection received a major content update, Season 8 in October 2021 to be specific, but the drought has come to an end. Today, 343 Industries launched a new update that carries features like the highly anticipated Flood addition to Firefight, campaign cross-play between platforms, Custom Game Browser support for all games, and more.
Halo 3: ODST Firefight cooperative mode is what the Flood is invading, and they are as dangerous as ever. The levels will be dynamically covered in fog before the Flood attacks, which can now take the forms of infected civilians, Elites, and even ODSTs who fall in battle. Expect to find Stalker Forms on walls and even airstrikes of Dispersal Pods during missions.
The development team has also implemented new features to ODST Firefight like using the VISR map to find enemy locations, usage of Energy Swords, Sentinel Beams, weapon racks with Battle and Assault Rifles, NPC allies, and more.
For the first time, PC and Xbox console players can now jump into Halo 3 and ODST campaigns together for cooperative play sessions. The studio is looking for more feedback on this first implementation on its forums. The Custom Game Browser is now supported across all games too, letting players find populated matches with customized content much easier.
Halo 4 campaign customizations, improved Forge tools, official modding support for Halo 3: ODST, front-end UI improvements, many Skulls that were originally Halo CE and Halo 2 Anniversary exclusive, and much more are also a part of this update.
Looking forward to the rest of 2022, the 343 team working on Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be further improving customization and collectible content, bringing in more accessibility options, while also adding Steam Workshop support for Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary MP, and Halo 4.