343i is working with community modders to restore cut content in Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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What do you want to know

  • Many games have content cut from the final product before release that will never be seen by the public or the gaming community.
  • On Wednesday, 343 Industries announced that it was working to recover some content cut from the original Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2.
  • With the help of community modders and the “Digsite” team, 343i will bring this content to Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC.
  • This reduced content includes restored vehicles, weapons, player models, NPCs and enemies, maps, and more.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection combines the best of six different Halo titles into one ultimate experience, all available on modern Xbox and PC platforms. However, a lot of content was removed from each of these games before they were released, which is a common story for pretty much every video game ever made. Most of the time, this content never sees the light of day. For Halo: MCC players, this may not be the case.

On Wednesday, 343 Industries revealed that it was working to restore cut content from Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2. This “Cutting Room Floor” would bring this newly restored content to Halo: MCC on PC, and allow modders to mod and further update the content to their heart’s content. 343i isn’t doing this alone either, as its Digsite team works with reputable community modders to bring it all to life.

The opening intro to the cutting room floor reveals a ton of cut content that will be restored to The Master Chief Collection in the near future, and the list goes on. 343i works with the original Halo: CE and Halo 2 source files, brought back from the Bungie era, to bring forgotten vehicles, weapons, character models, NPCs and enemies, maps and locations back to life campaign, effects and sounds, and Suite.

Players will be able to discover lost vehicles like the Kestrel, the original Spectre, the infamous Piglet and many more. There’s also a veritable arsenal of forgotten weapons like the Needle Minigun, Alternate Plasma Pistol, Plasma Rifle and SMG variants, Shovel Sniper Rifle and beyond. Not everything 343i is working on will find its way into Halo: MCC, but the goal is to restore as much cut content as possible using official Halo edit kits, and let the modding community more wide get hold of it as well as general players.

The content presented by 343i does not yet have a set release date, but the studio promises that it will arrive sooner rather than later. In its next update, it will bring in some of the modders in the community who are helping to make it happen. It’s great to see Halo: The Master Chief Collection continue to evolve as one of the best PC games, even after the release of Halo Infinite.

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