Season 7: Elite
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This article is about the content update released for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. For the seasonal update for Halo Wars 2, see Season 7 (Halo Wars 2).
Season 7: Elite is a season for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, released on June 23, 2021. As of December 2020, plans had been laid internally at 343 Industries for this season. This season notably included 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 and the KEYSTONE helmet, based on Halo Infinite's Mark VII helmet, for Halo 4 as an exclusive item in "The Exchange" store.
In addition to the new customization content, Season 7 also introduced 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 also features improvements to the Halo Online maps Waterfall and Edge, which have been added to Halo 3 matchmaking, and general bug fixes, with Edge being finally added as a playable map with this Season.
The Master Chief Collection's Custom Games Browser, which had previously been briefly tested publicly on retail also launched this season, with support for Halo: Reach. Players are now be able to host their own matches available to the public. Other games are eventually planned to be brought to the Custom Games Browser at a later date.
The following was implemented in Season 7:
Challenge and Exchange unlocks
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;
Menu artwork trailer
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.
To showcase the release of Season 7 and its new customisation content, a trailer for the update was released on June 23, 2021.
June 23 (season launch) patch notes (Version 1.2398.0.0)
June 23 patch notes (Version 1.2398.0.0)
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New in this update
New Season 7 customization content
New cosmetic content for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 3, and Halo 4 is here as part of Season 7. For the first time, this includes new armor for Elites. The full breakdown:
Custom Game Browser live for Halo: Reach
The long-awaited Custom Game Browser is live for Halo: Reach. Players can use the Browse menu to find other people’s custom games or the Create menu to customize and host their own custom game session.
Thank you to the players who helped us test the Custom Game Browser during the scale test. Since then, we improved the experience in many ways:
New Halo 3 map: Edge
Originally made for Halo Online, the second new map for Halo 3, “Edge,” has been added and can appear in Social Matchmaking. Edge is a symmetrical map that supports all major game variants in Halo 3 with 4 to 12 players.
Fight with sentinel beams and silenced SMGs across an open cliff-side vista and secluded ancient database in this new map on the remote frontier world of Partition.
Waterfall and Edge maps added to Social Matchmaking
Players may now play on both new Halo 3 maps, “Waterfall” and “Edge,” when queued up in Social Matchmaking. Thank you for the player feedback that helped us make fixes and improve visual polish on both maps before moving them into matchmaking.
Firefight matchmaking is now in Social Matchmaking
To help give the Firefight community a boost, Firefight matchmaking is now part of the Social Matchmaking flow (you can read the blog post here). We expect this to help in several ways:
Better visual authenticity for Halo: Combat Evolved
Many graphical updates, from fog and shader effects to original character models and active camo quality, bring Halo: Combat Evolved even closer to the classic experience. Some updates include:
Halo: Combat Evolved Hardcore playlist changes
We updated the Hardcore settings for Halo: Combat Evolved based on competitive player feedback to improve this playlist and align it with the modded competitive gameplay experience popularized by the competitive community on Xbox. This includes the following changes:
Updates to the Extras menu
The Extras menu has been updated to play the terminals and cinematics from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary directly within the game instead of linking externally.
The other Extras menu options link externally:
Halo: Combat Evolved mod tools and client support
For the first release of MCC’s Halo: Combat Evolved modding tools, we are including four different programs. Modders may be familiar with a few, but this release includes the most powerful tools available for Halo: Combat Evolved (for advanced users only!)
On top of that, we are releasing zip files of Halo: Combat Evolved’s level scripts and all the tag files that went into building the campaign and multiplayer levels.
These tools and files are being provided as-is, but we plan to make updates over time to address issues we see discussed in the mod community.
The full blog post on Steam goes into more detail about these tools.
You can download these tools through Steam.
Many improvements come from Halo Insiders feedback and Halo Support tickets submitted by our community. Thank you for participating and please keep submitting tickets! Below is a breakdown of fixes in this update:
Halo: Combat Evolved
Halo 3: ODST
Resolved issues since last flight
A sampling of fixes added after the last Halo Insider flight:
June 25 hotfix patch notes (Version 1.2406.0.0)
June 25 hotfix (Version 1.2406.0.0)
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Resolved in this Hotfix
Fixed an issue that prevented some players from joining games through matchmaking, resulting in a “Leaving matchmaking…” message.Thank you for your patience if you were affected by this issue. Any players logging in during Season 7 will receive an additional 3 Season Points as a log-in reward. (The game interface might not show them right away even though they have been awarded).
July 19 hotfix patch notes (Version 1.2448.0.0)
July 19 hotfix (Version 1.2448.0.0)
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Resolved in this Hotfix
During the early porting process of Halo: Reach into the collection and the collection to PC, Season 7 was shown in early UI screenshots (c.May 2019) as "Season 7: Uprising", featuring the Spartan Operations logo as its emblem.