Always the poster boy for anything Xbox, Master Chief has become one of the most recognizable faces — er, helmets — in video gaming. While there was no new Halo game announced at this year's E3, Microsoft still has big plans for the Chief in 2017. Today Halo 5: Guardians was confirmed to be receiving a 4K update for the Xbox One X. In addition, the remaining four Halo titles that are not currently backwards compatible were announced to be joining the program before the end of the year.
What does that leave? All in all, you've got Halo 4, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST that are yet to be added. Halo: Reach and Halo Wars are already backwards compatible.
Even better, 343 Industries has confirmed "every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store will be made available for free." Between all the games, this adds up a lot of Halo content to enjoy and many new achievements to earn if you didn't already purchase the packs in their heydays. And from the sound of it — "every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store" — this means the Halo games already available on backwards compatibility will get the same treatment for their DLC, not just the four games that are yet to be added (Update on this: The content for all the Xbox 360 Halo games has already begun to go free on the Marketplace, even the ones that are not backwards compatible yet).
343 also reiterated — once again — there will be no Halo 3: Anniversary, and will instead be celebrating the iconic shooter's 10th anniversary with special playlists in Halo 5.
According to 343, they'll be sharing "more details on the release timing soon." To see more of what's in store for Halo this year, be sure to check out the official Summer Celebration post that discusses new action figures, the upcoming HALO: Retribution book, matchmaking changes for Halo 5 and more.
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