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Season 7: Elite

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Season 7: Elite

Start date:

June 23, 2021[1]

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Season 7: Elite is a planned upcoming season for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, anticipated to release on June 23, 2021.[1] As of December 2020, plans had been laid internally at 343 Industries for this season.[2] This season will notably include long-awaited additions to Elite-focused armor customisation in Halo 3, in the form of seven new harnesses, alongside the four Champions Bundle armors from Halo 4.[3] It is possible that this season will feature OPERATOR-class Mjolnir and other Halo Online armor sets, which have been seen in the trailer for Season 5 but not yet featured as an unlock in Season 5 or Season 6.

In addition to the new customization content, Season 7 will also introduce changes to the classic Halo: Combat Evolved graphics to better reflect the original Xbox version of the game, rather than the 2003 PC port which introduced many graphical issues. Furthermore, the season will also feature improvements to the Halo Online maps Waterfall and Edge, which have been added to Halo 3, and general bug fixes.[4]

The Master Chief Collection's Custom Games Browser, which had previously been briefly tested publicly on retail will launch this season, with support for Halo: Reach.[5] Players will now be able to host their own matches available to the public. Other games are planned to be brought to the Custom Games Browser at a later date.

Season content[edit]

The following is due to be implemented in Season 7:

Halo: The Master Chief Collection[edit]

Halo: Combat Evolved[edit]

  • 10 new vehicle skins[7]
  • Several graphical improvements to bring the version of the game featured in The Master Chief Collection (based on the Gearbox PC port) up to visual parity with the original Xbox release. See here for a list of some of the visual differences between various iterations.
  • Additional mod support more akin to Halo: Custom Edition.[8]

Halo 3[edit]

  • Seven new techsuits
    • GEN2 Tinted Smoke
    • GEN2 Umber
    • GEN2 Army Green
    • GEN2 Burnt Ground
    • GEN2 Cold Mud
    • GEN2 Purplex
    • GEN2 Slate Grey

Halo: Reach[edit]

  • Custom Games Browser support

Halo 4[edit]

Flights[edit]

Main article: MCC Insider Program

Flighting for Season 7 began on May 21, 2021. The Flight was designed to test Season 7 content in new features. At the Flight's start, available content included;

  • Several new Halo 3 Elite harness permutations.
  • A new multiplayer maps for Halo 3, originally from Halo Online.
  • Several new Halo 3 skins for the energy sword.
  • Several new Halo: Combat Evolved skins for vehicles
  • Four Halo 4 armors previously available on the Xbox 360 version but not on the MCC
  • Several Halo 4 weapons skins, previously cut from Halo 4 or only available exclusively via figurines.
  • Graphical improvements on Halo: Combat Evolved to bring it closer to the Xbox version.
  • Armor effects for Halo 4.
Gameplay content
Campaign
  • Missions: The Pillar of Autumn, The Truth and Reconciliation, The Silent Cartographer, Assault on the Control Room, 343 Guilty Spark
Halo: Combat Evolved Multiplayer
  • Maps: Sidewinder (8v8), Damnation (2v2, 4v4), Prisoner (2v2, 4v4), Hang ‘Em High (2v2, 4v4, 8v8), Chill Out (2v2, 4v4), Blood Gulch (8v8)
Halo 3 Multiplayer
  • Maps: Construct, Guardian, Last Resort, Narrows, Sandtrap, The Pit, Valhalla, Foundry, Standoff, Avalanche, Sandbox, Heretic, Waterfall, Edge
Halo 4 Multiplayer
  • Maps: Adrift, Exile, Haven, Longbow, Meltdown, Ragnarok, Impact, Landfall, Skyline, Perdition, Pitfall

Marketing[edit]

Menu artwork trailer[edit]

Main article: Battle The Heretics

On June 15, 2021, a trailer known as Battle The Heretics was released on YouTube Twitter to announce the release date of Season 7 and showcase the menu background for the season, depicting a Type-26C Banshee in keeping with the Sangheili theme of the season. The video is accompanied by some voiceover of pilots of the Anvil Initiative's Union Wing.[1][10]

Gallery[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Twitter, Halo (@Halo): "It's time to brush up on your Sangheili. Ignite your Energy Swords and prepare your best battlecry - MCC Season 7: Elite, arrives for free in just one week on June 23rd."
  2. ^ Halo Waypoint, News, MCC Development Retrospective – December 2020 (Retrieved on Feb 28, 2021) [archive]
  3. ^ a b c Halo Waypoint, News, Art of Wort Canon Fodder (Retrieved on May 21, 2021) [archive]
  4. ^ Halo Waypoint, Forums, MCC Development & Flighting Updates (Retrieved on May 13, 2021) [archive]
  5. ^ Halo Waypoint, MCC DEVELOPMENT & FLIGHTING UPDATES (Retrieved on Jun 11, 2021) [archive]
  6. ^ Halo Waypoint, MCC Development & Flighting Updates (Retrieved on Jun 4, 2021) [archive]
  7. ^ a b c Halo Insider, Flight Overview - Halo: MCC Season 7 May Flight (Retrieved on May 21, 2021) [archive]
  8. ^ Twitch, Halo: The Master Chief Collection with DERSKY!: 18:35 (Retrieved on Jun 16, 2021) [archive]
  9. ^ Twitter, Halo (@Halo): "Make sure it fits just right. Next week in MCC with the arrival of Season 7, don't miss your chance to grab the #HaloInfinite Inspired Mk. VII Helmet for Halo 4." (Retrieved on Jun 17, 2021) [archive]
  10. ^ YouTube - HALO, Battle The Heretics | Halo: The Master Chief Collection - Season 7