This article was updated at 15:47 GMT with additional context.
343 Industries has said it will offer a ‘new way to play’ Halo: The Master Chief Collection via an upcoming update.
In the latest weekly development update, the Xbox studio said fans should expect “maybe a new place and a way to play” when the next public flight test comes later this month or early next month.
The Master Chief Collection is already available on Xbox consoles, Steam and Xbox Game Pass. A potential new destination for the six-game collection is the Epic Games Store.
343 can also refer to the planned addition of a custom game reader for PC, which it previously said would be added earlier this year.
Xbox leader Phil Spencer has previously said he will “make Xbox Games Studios PC games available in several stores, including our own Microsoft Store on Windows, at launch. We believe you should have a choice in where to buy PC games.”
Microsoft has had a close relationship with the Fortnite manufacturer since the release (and subsequent acquisition) of the Gears of War series. Recently, Microsoft backed Epic in its legal battle with Apple over App Store fees.
Epic Games Store recently reported an increase in users in its 2020 report to 160m – an increase of almost 50% compared to the previous year.
In a new report summarizing the 2020 performance, Epic says that daily active users increased by 192% to 31.3 million, with a peak of 13 million concurrent players (up from 7 million in 2019). Monthly active users in December rose from 32 million in 2019 to 56 million.
In comparison, the competitor Steam achieved a record with 120 million monthly users in 2020, daily active users of 62 million, and top concurrent users hit 24.8 million. Both platforms would benefit from a boost in gaming activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last month, 343 Industries said it was committed to offering “at least” monthly updates on the progress of Halo Infinite.
In December, the Xbox studio officially pushed Infinite’s release back to the fall / fall of 2021 and shared new details via Joseph Staten, the Bungie veteran who took control of Infinite’s campaign development after the much-criticized revelation this summer.
It was the first high-level update on the previous Xbox Series X / S launch game since the summer. However, in response to fans on Reddit in January, community manager Brian Jarrard insisted that the studio engage with fans as much as it could.
“Given that we walked 12 months of total darkness, and our last update was on December 8, I do not think there is any cause for concern,” he wrote.
“We also confirmed our autumn release window in that update, so now it’s clear we have a runway ahead of us and some time left. That said, we are committed to at least monthly high-level updates, and the next ‘Inside Infinite’ is coming out this week! ”