Halo: The Master Chief Collection Will Have 20 GB Day One Update

by Mike Futter on Oct 17, 2014 at 04:58 AM

If you’re planning on purchasing Halo: The Master Chief Collection, you might want to start making room on your hard drive (or purchase an external one). 343 Industries has warned that the game nearly fills a 45 GB Blu-ray disc and will have a sizable update pre-launch.

An Xbox Wire post from Dan Ayoub, studio head for Halo external development at 343 Industries, reveals a 20 GB update for the game. “You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update,” he writes. “Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space.”

Despite the game “going gold” and headed off for manufacturing, 343 Industries isn’t yet done tuning the game. “Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch,” Ayoub says. “This will continue right up until launch day.”

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out on November 11, with pre-order and pre-loading starting later today. If you have automatic update downloads enabled on your Xbox One, you’ll get the 20 GB update when it’s ready, which will likely prevent a wait when the game is unlocked.

For more on Halo: The Master Chief Collection, check out our preview from PAX.

[Source: Xbox Wire]


Our Take
The term “gone gold” means nothing in the age of day one updates, especially when the team is admittedly still working right up until launch. What used to be a celebrated moment has turned into a beat in the PR and marketing plan and, in this case, is only notable as a caution that players will need both time and significant hard drive space in order to jump into the game on November 11.