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Season 4: Reclaimer

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Season 4: Reclaimer
HTMCC Season4 Emblem.png

Start date:

November 16, 2020

Number of tiers:

50

Total unlock cost:

Season point 50

Includes content for:

 

Season 4: Reclaimer is the fourth season released for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and began alongside the launch of Halo 4 on PC platforms on November 16, 2020.[note 1] It featured new customization items for Halo 3 and Halo 4.[1][2] The season's logo is a stylised representation of the Ur-Didact's Cryptum.

Halo 3's items took cues from the customization added to Halo: Combat Evolved in Season 2: Spark.[3]

Originally, the season was to feature customization items for Halo: Reach, such as new helmets and armor pieces, and a wider array of armor sets with the prosthetic arm, but difficulties during development forced the Legacy team to push this content back to a later season.[4] Nevertheless, armor effects for Elite player models in Reach were still implemented alongside Season 4, as intended.

Season unlocks[edit]

The content of Season 4: Reclaimer involves that of the long-absent Champions Bundle weapon skins for Halo 4, along with additional skins for Halo 3, including newly implemented vehicle skins, with weapon skins now encompassing new weapons. New nameplates have also been added, being mostly Halo 4 themed in nature. The unlocks have been divided into 5 tiers of ten unlocks each. To progress a tier, all ten unlocks within must be unlocked, following in the footsteps of Season 3: Recon. Including Challenge unlocks, Season 4 introduces the following content to The Master Chief Collection;

  • 15 Halo 4 weapon skins
    • 3 for the Assault Rifle
    • 3 for the Battle Rifle (One unlockable via Challenge)
    • 3 for the DMR (One unlockable via Challenge)
    • 1 for the Storm Rifle
    • 1 for the Covenant Carbine
    • 1 for the Suppressor
    • 1 for the Light Rifle
    • 3 for the Magnum
    • 1 for the Plasma Pistol
    • 1 for the Boltshot
  • 29 Nameplates.

All new Halo 4 skins are those which were previously useable in the game's original Xbox 360 release by way of the Champions Bundle, with two additional skins cut from the original launch of Halo 4 obtainable via seasonal Challenges. All skins previously in The Master Chief Collection remain unlocked by default. The new system of unlocks has also reworked the way Halo 4 weapon skins work; instead of being applied on a per-loadout basis like in the original game and launch Master Chief Collection, skins are now applied universally and work in the same manner as those in Combat Evolved and Halo 3.

The Halo 3 Sniper Rifle Avalanche skin is only unlockable by hitting Competitive Rank MCC - Rank 20.png in the timed Recon Slayer playlist. This challenge was started prior to the update's launch with progress carrying over to the final release. The challenge is timed, and will end on November 25, 2020.

Unlike Season 3, each unlock slot can be unlocked for Season point 1 - rewarded through the collection's updated rank scheme or the Challenges implemented in the prior Spark update. In total, Season point 50 are needed to unlock all content in Season 4.

Page 1[edit]

Tier Unlock requirements Unlocks Images
1 Season point 1 Assassin nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Assassin 2.png
2 Season point 1 Didactic nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Didactic.png
3 Season point 1 Warthog Arctic skin H3 Warthog Arctic Skin.png
4 Season point 1 Storm Rifle Compression skin and MCC Helmet nameplate H4 StormRifle CMP Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate MCCHelmet.png
5 Season point 1 SMG Tech Camo Alpha skin H3 SMG TechCamoAlpha Skin.png
6 Season point 1 Pistol Indigo skin and Awakening nameplate H4 Pistol IND Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Awakening.png
7 Season point 1 Ghost Zealot skin H3 Ghost Zealot Skin.png
8 Season point 1 Shotgun Woodland skin and Pizza Time nameplate H3 Shotgun Woodland Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate PizzaTime.png
9 Season point 1 Pistol Combustion skin and Elite nameplate H4 Pistol CBN Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Elite.png
10 Season point 1 Rocket Launcher Hunter's Blood skin H3 RocketLauncher HuntersBlood Skin.png

Page 2[edit]

Tier Unlock requirements Unlocks Images
11 Season point 1 Assault Rifle Teeth skin and The Maw nameplate H4 AssaultRifle TTH Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate TheMaw.png
12 Season point 1 Scorpion Bengal and Banshee Brutal skins H3 Scorpion Bengal Skin.pngH3 Banshee Brutal Skin.png
13 Season point 1 Needler Zealot skin H3 Needler Zealot Skin.png
14 Season point 1 DMR Monocle skin and 117 nameplate H4 DMR MCL Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate 117.png
15 Season point 1 SMG Bengal skin and Flamethrower Hot Pepper skin H3 SMG Bengal Skin.pngH3 Flamethrower Hotpepper Skin.png
16 Season point 1 Ibie'shan nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Ibieshan.png
17 Season point 1 Carbine Locomotive skin and Remnants nameplate H4 Carbine LMV Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Remnants.png
18 Season point 1 Combat Skin nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate CombatSkin.png
19 Season point 1 Rocket Launcher Corrosion skin H3 RocketLauncher Corrosion Skin.png
20 Season point 1 Plasma Pistol Boilerplate skin H4 PlasmaPistol BPL Skin.png

Page 3[edit]

Tier Unlock requirements Unlocks Images
21 Season point 1 Gauss Warthog Corrosion skin and The Rookie nameplate H3 GaussWarthog Corrosion Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate TheRookie.png
22 Season point 1 Sniper Rifle Woodland skin H3 SniperRifle Woodland Skin.png
23 Season point 1 Banshee Schism skin and Parg Vol nameplate H3 Banshee Schism Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate PargVol.png
24 Season point 1 Shotgun Golden skin H3 Shotgun Golden Skin.png
25 Season point 1 SMG Hunter's Blood skin and Carapace nameplate H3 SMG HuntersBlood Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Carapace.png
26 Season point 1 Boltshot Engine and Suppressor Mechanical skins H4 BoltShot ENG Skin.pngH4 Suppressor MCN Skin.png
27 Season point 1 Scorpion Grim Reaper skin and Knight Terror nameplate H3 Scorpion GrimReaper Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate KnightTerror.png
28 Season point 1 Pistol Flare skin and Quattro nameplate H4 Pistol FLR Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Quattro.png
29 Season point 1 Warthog Rally Hog skin H3 Warthog RallyHog Skin.png
30 Season point 1 Fuel Rod Gun Brutal skin H3 FuelRod Brutal Skin.png

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Tier Unlock requirements Unlocks Images
31 Season point 1 Plasma Pistol Zealot skin and Lifeshaper nameplate H3 PlasmaPistol Zealot Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Lifeshaper.png
32 Season point 1 Opportunity nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Opportunity.png
33 Season point 1 DMR Striped skin H4 DMR STP Skin.png
34 Season point 1 Banshee Zealot skin and Shadow of Intent nameplate H3 Banshee Zealot Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate ShadowOfIntent.png
35 Season point 1 Sniper Rifle Desert skin H3 SniperRifle Desert Skin.png
36 Season point 1 Synthesis nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Synthesis.png
37 Season point 1 Gauss Warthog Shark skin H3 GaussWarthog Shark Skin.png
38 Season point 1 Shotgun Hunter's Blood skin and Augmented nameplate H3 Shotgun HuntersBlood Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Augmented.png
39 Season point 1 Scorpion Arctic skin and Cryptum nameplate H3 Scorpion Arctic Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Cryptum.png
40 Season point 1 Plasma Rifle Schism skin and Wreckage nameplate H3 PlasmaRifle Schism Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Wreckage.png

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Tier Unlock requirements Unlocks Images
41 Season point 1 Light Rifle Industrial skin and Infinity nameplate H4 LightRifle IDT Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Infinity.png
42 Season point 1 Warthog Hazard Pay skin H3 Warthog HazardPay Skin.png
43 Season point 1 Flamethrower Dear John skin H3 Flamethrower DearJohn Skin.png
44 Season point 1 Ghost Ultra skin and Requiem nameplate H3 Ghost Ultra Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Requiem.png
45 Season point 1 Battle Rifle Salvage and Assault Rifle Turbine skins H4 BattleRifle SLV Skin.pngH4 AssaultRifle TBN Skin.png
46 Season point 1 Battle Rifle Steam skin and Threshold nameplate H4 BattleRifle STM Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Threshold.png
47 Season point 1 Scorpion Hazard Pay and Ghost Schism skins H3 Scorpion HazardPay Skin.pngH3 Ghost Schism Skin.png
48 Season point 1 Assault Rifle Trauma skin and Halsey nameplate H4 AssaultRifle TRM Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate Halsey.png
49 Season point 1 Sundered nameplate
HTMCC Nameplate Sundered.png
50 Season point 1 Sniper Rifle Golden skin and Cracked Visor nameplate H3 SniperRifle Golden Skin.png
HTMCC Nameplate CrackedVisor.png

Patch notes[edit]

Season 4 launched alongside a large patch for The Master Chief Collection, with bug fixes and quality of life changes. The patch notes can be seen in full below.[5]

New Features[edit]

  • Halo 4 is now available on PC
    • Halo 4’s Forge mode now includes “Thorage” content – this means new features, a higher budget, dozens of new items, and more
    • Per-piece armor customization and “global” weapon skins for all loadouts are now available on all platforms as well
    • PC players can now jump into Cross-Game Playlists in Campaign
  • Crossplay and input-based matchmaking for multiplayer are now available on both Xbox and PC
    • While players will be prompted to select their preferred input device upon their first launch of the game, this option can also be changed at any time from Settings menu while in the Main Menu
  • This update also brings Xbox Series X|S enhancements to the Collection
  • Season 4 with 70+ new customization choices – including new nameplates, weapon and vehicle skins for Halo 3, and weapon skins for Halo 4
  • Interpolation improvements for Halo: Reach, Halo 2: Anniversary, and Halo 4 when running at 60+ FPS
  • Player Emblems are now visible in gameplay for both Halo: Reach and Halo 4
  • Video settings can now be set on a per-title basis in the Settings menu
  • Players can now select their preferred servers in the Network tab of the Settings menu
  • Text Chat has been improved with a new Text Chat Availability option and auto-moderation

Resolved Issues[edit]

Below is a breakdown of the specific fixes that have come with today’s update:

Global[edit]

  • Players will no longer be returned to the main menu while loading into online multiplayer matches in Halo 3: ODST
  • Unlocked customization items no longer appear locked while the Season menu’s data is being retrieved, this will reduce the occurrence of erroneous exclamation point notifications next to already unlocked items
  • The Weapon Skin menu for Halo 3 will now accurately display the appearance of the highlighted weapon
  • Nameplates in the Season Rewards menu are now the correct size and resolution
  • The Magnum is now named correctly in both the Halo: CE and Halo 3 Customization menus
  • Dare’s visor color is now consistent between the Halo 3: ODST Customization menu and in-game
  • Various localization improvements have been implemented throughout the menus
  • The "View Maps in this Playlist" menu now always displays a count of maps
  • Fixed an issue where maps would often be duplicated or displayed incorrectly in the “View Maps in this Playlist" menu after matchmaking
  • Added dynamic scaling to names on Challenge progress notifications to resolve text clipping issues

Halo 4[edit]

General
  • Increased volume of the switch grenade audio cue, making it audible once more
  • The amount of time needed to trigger the hold or toggle behavior of zooming in with a weapon has been adjusted
  • The correct sound effect now plays when performing a melee attack on objects and walls
Campaign
  • Accessing a Terminal now plays the video in-game rather than the Halo Channel app
  • The skybox in the mission “Reclaimer” has been upscaled and is now more clear
Spartan Ops
  • Spartan Ops Episodes now play in the menus rather than the Halo Channel app
  • Added support for Spartan Ops to PvE challenges
Multiplayer
  • Weapon audio no longer cuts out after firing in the Sword Room on "Pitfall"
  • The correct emblem is now shown when starting a Free-For-All match
  • Custom emblems now appear on armor in gameplay
  • Some maps are no longer brighter than normal when playing local split screen on Xbox One consoles
  • Fixed an issue where shadows from forge objects were not displayed appropriately
  • Fixed an issue where various toy objects such as Golf Balls and Dice would despawn almost instantly
  • Fixed various issues where incorrect or duplicate power weapons were present in matchmaking
  • Fixed an issue which led to instability and, sometimes, network disconnects from matches played on Forge maps

Halo 3: ODST[edit]

General
  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect shadows to appear on some objects on Enhanced graphics
Firefight
  • Fixed an issue causing multiple sound events to fire instead of one, leading to repeated voice dialogue of covenant enemies and player actions

Halo 3[edit]

Multiplayer
  • Improved how weapon skins on battle rifles appear in gameplay
  • The multiplayer weapon "dirtying" strategy has been returned to MCC, realigning with legacy behavior

Halo 2: Anniversary[edit]

General
  • The amount of time needed to trigger the hold or toggle behavior of zooming in with a weapon has been adjusted
Forge
  • Held objects now move smoothly when playing with framerates above 60 FPS
  • Non-host players can now use the Toggle Rotation Axes function as expected
  • The Edit Mode Controls window in the Pause menu now lists the binding for Toggle Rotation Axes
  • Fixed an issue where 'Toggle Rotation Axes' displayed in English while in other localizations

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

Campaign
  • The “All According to Plan” Achievement can now be unlocked as expected

Halo: Reach[edit]

General
  • The game will no longer freeze when a headset is unplugged during gameplay
  • The correct emblem will now appear on the player’s armor in both cutscenes and gameplay
  • Adjusted centered-crosshair viewmodel position to be more in line with the other titles
  • Fixed various culling artifacts present on first person view models when crosshairs are centered
Theater
  • In Forge films, players will no longer appear stuck in place after editing an object’s coordinates
Forge
  • Non-host players can now use the Toggle Rotation Axes function as expected
  • Fixed an issue where 'Toggle Rotation Axes' displayed in English while in other localizations

Xbox Series X|S Enhancements[edit]

New Features[edit]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been optimized to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and Series S consoles. Below is a breakdown of the features available on Xbox Series X|S[6]

  • Improved resolution
    • Xbox Series X: 4K resolution at 60 or 120Hz in both single player and two player split screen modes
    • Xbox Series S: 1080p resolution at 60 or 120Hz in both single player and two player split screen modes
  • Both Xbox Series X and Series S will run similar “enhanced” graphics settings as PC
  • Field of View (FOV) can be adjusted via a slider that ranges from 70 to 120 degrees
    • Adjusting FOV requires the console to be set to 60Hz output, FOV will be locked to default value when the console is set to 120Hz output
  • Several enhancements to the split screen experience
    • Four player splitscreen runs at 60 frames per second (FPS)
    • Reduced or removed performance throttles from the original titles
  • In-game high dynamic range (HDR) options have been added to the Settings menu
  • Quick Resume and Smart Delivery are supported

Known Issues[edit]

The following are active issues for Series X|S enhancements as of 2020/11/17 in build 1.1955.0.0. 

  • When playing Halo: Combat Evolved’s campaign with Anniversary graphics enabled on an Xbox Series X console and at 4K 120Hz, the framerate may drop noticeably in some areas and/or create noticeable screen tearing
    • If the display supports variable refresh rate (VRR), enabling this feature may reduce the impact of this issue
    • If the display does not support VRR, playing at 60Hz will provide a smoother gameplay experience
  • On both Xbox Series X|S consoles, increasing the Gamma option above 5 may result in oversaturation of darker areas in the menus and gameplay

Cut Season content[edit]

Part of the original content that was pulled out of the season was:

  • 2 new Halo: Reach helmets: AKIS, Unknown
    • 3 Halo: Reach helmet attachments for AKIS: GRD, CBRN, GRD/CBRN
  • 2 new Halo: Reach chest pieces: EXO/TSCS, Unknown
  • New combinations of chest pieces combined with the prosthetic arm for Halo: Reach

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This article uses the Pacific Time Zone to determine the release date.

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