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Can Halo: The Master Chief Collection Save the Xbox One?

Author’s note: When I say ‘saving’ the Xbox One, I do not mean that Xbox One needs saving; instead, I ask if Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be the must-own killer app for Xbox One owners. If it turns out the answer is ‘yes’ then gamers, Microsoft, and the Xbox One will benefit greatly from it.

 

By all accounts, the Xbox One is selling well, with Microsoft having sold approximately 5 million units since launch. That being said, the PlayStation 4 has reportedly sold almost double that amount, leaving absolutely no doubt that Sony is establishing an early – yet strong – lead over their primary competition. So while the Xbox One does not need saving per se, it most definitely needs to close the gap in sales. And releasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection is the perfect way to do so.

 

Halo defines the Xbox brand

Since the original Xbox’s launch at the start of the millennium, Halo is Microsoft’s flagship franchise – their dependable system seller, if you will. Promises of more Halo is what lured me into the Xbox 360, and it remains one of my favorite series of all time. The story, the gameplay, the music; everything blends together to craft an experience that has, for two generations of console gaming, defined the Xbox brand. So it makes perfect sense that Microsoft would continue the franchise on the Xbox One with Halo 5: Guardians. What’s even smarter – and equal parts bold – is their decision to create The Master Chief Collection.

Whilst Microsoft is pledging to bring out more new IP on the Xbox One over the next few years, Halo: The Master Chief Collection embodies the entire Xbox experience in one package: the perfect weapon in their war to win over gamers. It offers nostalgia for those who, like me, grew up with the originals, and it also offers fans who weren’t able to play them before a chance to experience them now – all on the Xbox One with updated graphics, every multiplayer map ever made, and some all-new content (such as the Halo 2: Anniversary Terminals, or the upcoming Halo: Nightfall series). Put simply, it offers something for almost everyone: single player lovers, multiplayer pros, and even lore buffs. What I find most appealing, however, is its integration with next-gen.

 

Halo: TMCC takes the Xbox One back to its roots

Microsoft has made the perfect decision to unite the flagship titles of the Xbox experience on one console, especially leading up to the next installment of the series. If I didn’t already have an Xbox One, I would have bought one when learning of Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The question is: will others? While it’s a fantastic decision, and brings amazing value to the table, is it enough to move more consoles and close the sales gap?

Halo 2: Anniversary screenshot
Same game; new experience

All in all, my opinion is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is an attempt by Microsoft and 343 Industries to bring the Xbox One back to its gamer-focused roots, by reminding the fans of their past whilst preparing for the future. Do I think it will save the Xbox One? Probably not, the gap in sales is too big for one game to fix; but it will definitely help.

 

Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on November 11 for Xbox One.