Today we’ll take the good with the bad, as 343 Industries recently confirmed that Halo: The Master Chief Collection for Xbox One has gone gold and will release ahead of schedule on November 11th in certain territories. Belgium will receive the collection the following day, with it landing in Japan on the 13th, and France on the 14th.
So what’s the bad news? In order to deliver all of the game’s content without “cutting corners to save disc space”, 343 Industries is requiring a day-one patch–which just so happens to sit around 20GB. Ouch. So if any of you have less-than-reliable internet connections (we are not alone!), or maybe a strict data cap, it’ll be a while before you can tackle the game’s multi-player features. However, if you purchase the game digitally from the Xbox Live store, you can begin downloading both the game and its 20GB update immediately.
In an apology released earlier today, 343 Industries did confirm that the required update only pertains to multi-player content, so consumers will still be able to play through any of the campaigns while the download takes place.
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