Halo: The Master Chief Collection has so many multiplayer modes and maps that the only way to manage matchmaking is throughplaylists. This is how 343 Industries will kick things off.
Those who pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection when it launches in November will be offered the following playlists, according to IGN:
- 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.
If none of these take your fancy, you can always make private games and wail on whatever nostalgia inspires.
When I spoke to 343 Industries at Tokyo Game Show, I was told that the team plans to be highly reactive, adjusting and rotating playlists to help ensure the most desirable content is most easily accessible.