343 Studios has teased an upcoming announcement concerning Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The announcement will occur during the HCS Invitational at SXSW 2019.
In terms of what the announcement might entail, 343 was pretty vague. «Not only will you be treated to amazing matches and gameplay, but we’ve also got some exciting MCC news to reveal during the show,» 343 wrote in a blog post. The HCS Invitational takes place March 15-17 at SXSW, and begins each day at 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 6PM UK. If you’re not at the event, you can watch both it and 343’s Halo announcement on either Mixer or Twitch.
The HCS Invitational is a large-scale tournament-style event that 343 created to showcase competitions for both recognized esport players and Halo fans. In terms of professionals, the best six teams from the Halo Classic in St. Louis will battle it out onstage in a Halo 3 double elimination competition for a $100,000 prize pool. More casual competitive Halo players have also been invited to participate in a smaller, two-versus-two tournament for a $5,000 prize pool. Fans who attend HCS can also sign-up to join an open free-for-all tournament for a $5,000 prize pool.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes the anniversary editions of both Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, along with the standard versions of Halo 3 and Halo 4. Halo 3: ODST was added to the collection after release, and fans have long asked for Halo: Reach to get the same treatment. We’ll have to wait and see whether 343’s announcement is about that, the addition of Halo 5: Guardians to the collection, or something else entirely.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is exclusive to Xbox One. Although the collection released almost five years ago, 343 is still implementing updates to this day. The game was added to Xbox Game Pass in September 2018, making it free for players who are subscribed to the service.