Master Chief will be making an appearance on the Nintendo Switch, but probably not in a way anybody imagined.
The Minecraft Better Together update is right around the corner, and it will allow Minecraft players to join together across all kinds of different platforms. Whether you’re playing on an Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10 PC, iOS or Android device, Apple TV, Oculus Rift, or more, you’ll be able to share content and maps with other players and jump into their games.
More importantly, though, the Better Together update also means that some content that was previously exclusive to certain versions of the game will be accessible to all. This means that the six Halo-themed maps and over 40 Halo character skin packs that were available on the Xbox version will now be unlockable on all platforms.
The first Halo Mash-Up: Minecraft Evolved pack released on the Xbox 360 in 2014, and additional content—including updated textures, craftable items, 31 music tracks, and skins that include Master chief, Cortana, Sergeant Johnson, and the Arbiter—were added after the release of Halo 5: Guardians.
Minecraft has other platform-exclusive packs, such as the Mario Mashup pack, but it’s unclear whether those will also become more widely accessible. The official Minecraft website mentions that “a select list of content will only be available on the platform it was purchased on and not available in multiplayer,” so we may not see Nintendo-exclusive content make the same leap.
The Better Together update is currently in beta testing.