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Master Chief Collection’s 20 GB Patch Is A Necessity


Halo fans were understandably irked at the news that in order to enjoy Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s multi-player features, they would have to first download a massive 20 gb patch. Halo franchise development director Frank O’Connor detailed why they felt the patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection was a necessity:

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"Digital is seamless obviously, but we also wanted disc users to have the same experience, without swapping discs.Since the bulk of it [the content update] is MP or MP related, the logic is sound. There will also be a title update in there, but that in itself is a tiny fraction of the content.“We realise that this isn’t ideal for everyone, but it’s the path to the smoothest eventual experience."

As to why you couldn’t simply put the data on a second disk for a one-time install, O’Connor seemed to dance around that question a bit:

"Anything is feasible, it simply wasn’t practical for this product, this year in this timeline. The Xbox One platform continues to improve and mature, arguably faster and more meaningfully than others and maybe next year two discs or some other method would have been the right approach, but this year it’s the option we have available that on balance, makes the most sense for this giant, ambitious project.Do I understand the inconvenience and annoyance for some users? Of course. I’m not going to blow smoke or ignore it. For some folks it will be straight up annoying and I both apologise unreservedly for the irritance, and hope that the package and the way it works more than makes up for it."

Halo: The Master Chief Collection‘s single-layer Campaign will be able to be played while the massive patch is downloading, so at least you’ll have an opportunity to refresh your Halo skills a bit before taking on others if it’s been awhile. Halo: The Master Chief Collection releases on Xbox One on November 11th.


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