343: It may have been better to ship each game in Halo: The Master Chief Collection separately

Shipping all four games included in Halo: The Master Chief Collection separately may have helped 343 avoid some of the issues suffered by last year's anthology, studio head Bonnie Ross has said.

Reflecting on last year's problematic release in the latest issue of Game Informer, Ross admitted that the studio had "let our fans down [with Halo: The Master Chief Collection], and that's not acceptable".

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Sureshot897d ago (Edited 897d ago )

Developing the games separately was the issue....

LexHazard79897d ago

You mean outsourcing the games. Had 343i done it. It might have had less issues. Maybe..

Intentions897d ago

Outsourcing all 4 games and the interface to different studios then compiling it all together was the problem.

Imo one studio should have done all, but that would have taken more than a year to complete.

DialgaMarine897d ago

True. MS most likely rushed the project, just so they could hype it up and get it out by the holidays so people would actually have some incentive to buy the console over PS4.

Kingscorpion71896d ago

Lol that's exactly what happen

sashimi897d ago

Maybe, just maybe they shouldn't have okay the collection for release..but you know treating your biggest franchise like shit is the norm nowadays ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Dudebro90897d ago

That's the norm? Could of fooled me.

DivoJones897d ago

Too many publishers seem to believe that they MUST release their games during holiday season to sell the most units at full retail price. Had they simply delayed the game til it worked (be that March or May) then slashed the price at the next holiday, they would've saved face. Maybe at the expense of millions of $$ in sales, but that's insignificant compared to the brand damage caused by releasing their unfinished product.

CerebralAssassin897d ago

I somewhat agree with you but what company will turn down an opportunity to make millions....

pompombrum897d ago

Or maybe they should have tested it properly with a public beta?

rainslacker896d ago

they may have known there would be problems even without a beta. It's not like net developers can't see that nothing will work properly. The problems were too many to not know that would be the case, and the issues were more than server stress.

bouzebbal897d ago

i thought this was the best collection ever?
on paper, yes! but ofof course it's another story when put into practice. it would have been wiser to include just 2 or 3 games because having the whole package under control isn't easy and they proved it.
i had a feeling this would happen first time they announced it. Also, separately would have meant more money for them. too bad they missed on the opportunity


I bought the game for the single player story, so for me it was worth it. Not saying the online wasn't bad but I feel like I got my moneys worth.

DragonDDark897d ago

the campaign had lots of issues for me...

vikingland1897d ago (Edited 897d ago )


Same with me. But we are in the minority.

That's a bummer. The campaign was great for me. Plus I'm all caught up and ready for Halo5.

deepio897d ago (Edited 897d ago )

Halo MCC is my most played game on my Xbox One. Yes it had issues, but for me its still great. I played throughout all the campaigns without issue (no co-op), only thing was achievements not unlocking. Since they fixed matchmaking it has been so great being able to hop into any map from any game. I get all the hate and I know people have had issues that I never experienced, but I think rather than launching each game separately they would have just been better off delaying the game until it was working right. I much prefer launching each game from one interface and having all the maps in one single multiplayer.

Zeref897d ago

I also bought it for the story. I haven't played Halo 3 yet. And them graphics on Halo 2 though :)

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