Earlier this month, Halo community director Brian Jarrard said in a tweet that “if all goes according to plan” then the first beta test for Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s PC release would be happening this month. In an update today, he confirmed that this is no longer the case.
In a post over on Halo Waypoint, Jarrard stated that hitting the quality demanded by fans is “turning out to be more challenging than first anticipated in some aspects” and so the decision has been taken to push back the test to a later date.
“I know excitement and anticipation is off the charts and everyone here inside the studio shares it as well,” he wrote. “But this is a really complicated project and we all agree that quality trumps everything else and we need to bring MCC to PC at the bar Halo fans and PC players expect and demand. That’s turning out to be more challenging than first anticipated in some aspects while there’s been great progress and work done in plenty of other areas.”
Jarrard didn’t share a new timeframe for the test, but added that “the 343 publishing team and [its] partners at Ruffian and Splash Damage are working hard to get the pieces in place to support flighting as soon as possible.”
As previously announced, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will be rolled out one game at a time on PC starting with Halo: Reach. Reach will be followed by PC releases for Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST (Campaign), and Halo 4.