Mike Nichols has further detailed two upcoming products for the Xbox One, "Halo 5: Guardians" and "Halo: The Master Chief Collection." According to a report from NZ Gamer on June 19, the vice president of Xbox marketing disclosed that the maps have been updated in a way that should feel familiar while also providing new twists at the same time. Furthermore, he also talked about the new playlist feature as players can use the menu of the remastered collection in order to navigate through all missions from the four games.
As a result, they do not have to play the levels consecutively in order to get to their favorite parts. Mike Nichols used the Warthog missions as examples of being able to play the vehicle levels from different games back to back by just using the playlist. This can be done because all four games will be included on one Blu-ray disc. You can find an image of the collection (courtesy of the official "Halo" Twitter page).
The vice president also gave a brief update on the "Halo 5: Guardians" multiplayer beta. He revealed that he actually got to play some of it using a development unit of the Xbox One. Microsoft Studios previously announced that the multiplayer beta will be included in "Halo: The Master Chief Collection." The play test is going to begin on Dec. 27 and end on Jan. 15.
"Halo: The Master Chief Collection" release date has been confirmed to be on Nov. 11 while "Halo 5: Guardians" won't be coming out until the fall season of 2015. 343 Industries, the developer behind "Halo 4," will be the main studio behind the productions of both releases. The compilation, which was formally announced at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo during the Microsoft Studios' press conference in Los Angeles, includes the four numbered installments of the series but not the "Halo 3 ODST" and "Halo Reach" spin-off entries.