While Halo: The Master Chief Collection will feature all the usual custom game options, if you want to play against random people via Matchmaking then you’ll have to choose one of the predefined playlists. This makes them very important in determining how much fans will enjoy the game, leading to analysis from fans about what is being offered and how well it will play for the community. That analysis can begin as IGN has revealed the playlists that will be available in Halo: The Master Chief Collection starting on day one. They are:
- Team Halo 2: Anniversary
- Play a mix of Team Slayer and objective game types on re-mastered maps. 4v4.
- Halo 2: Anniversary Rumble
- Challenge seven other opponents on re-mastered maps. This is your fight and yours alone. 8-player Free-For-All.
- Team Halo 2: Anniversary Social
- Play with a team in unranked Team Slayer and objective game types on re-mastered maps. 5v5.
- Team Slayer
- Eliminate the enemy team across four Halo games: Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Nothing but Team Slayer, 24/7. 4v4.
- Big Team Battle
- Battle it out in 16-player warfare with vehicles across Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary. 8v8.
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- The game that started it all. Play a mix of Slayer and objective game types in Halo: Combat Evolved for the first time on Xbox Live. 4v4.
- Halo 2 Classic
- It’s back. A mix of the most popular Team Slayer and objective game types from the original Halo 2. 4v4.
- Halo 3
- A selection of fan-favorite Team Slayer and objective game types from Halo 3. 4v4.
- Halo 4
- A mix of Team Slayer and objective game types from Halo 4, on a selection of small to medium-sized maps. 5v5.
- Team Hardcore
- A collection of tournament-approved game types from Halo 2 and Halo 3. The Battle Rifle is your primary weapon. 4v4.
- Halo eSports
- The official Halo eSports playlist. 4v4.
- SWAT (Rotational)
- Aim for the head! A collection of SWAT game types on our favorite maps from Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, and Halo 2: Anniversary. Players have no shields and are equipped with rifles. 4v4.
I’d say 343 Industries has done a fantastic job of including a wide variety of playlists while catering to the hardcore fans. I always enjoyed the unranked games in Halo 2 thanks to the more relaxed atmosphere, so seeing them return is excellent. Meanwhile, that official eSports playlist should keep die-hard players happy for a while. It will certainly be interesting to compare the population numbers once the game is available. I’m guessing the Halo: Comabt Evolved and Halo 2: Anniversary playlists will be packed.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be released on November 11th exclusively for Xbox One.