Halo: Master Chief Collection Season 8 Shows Off New Map, Armors & More

The new content now live in Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s Season 8 has been spotlighted in its launch trailer, which pays special attention to new Halo 3 armors, the introduction of Halo Online's Icebox map, and the addition of new Halo 3 campaign collectibles. Even with Halo Infinite on the near horizon, developer 343 Industries continues to add new maps and other content to the six-game Master Chief Collection, but the newly released MCC Season 8 will be 2021's last update before Halo Infinite’s launch in December.     

The Halo series is well known for its cool suits of futuristic armor, as demonstrated by Master Chief's iconic green MJOLNIR armor and the franchise multiplayer's historical focus on Spartan customization. Classic armor customization returned (albeit in an initially gutted state) in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Season 8 features new Halo 3 armor pieces based on historic warriors and figures, like Norse Vikings, Greek Spartans, and even Italian plague doctors. The season launch trailer gives a closer look at these new suits in action, as well as the other items and inclusions added in Halo: MCC Season 8.

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The official Halo YouTube channel posted a new trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s Season 8 “Mythic” update, which is now live. The assortment of new Halo 3 armor pieces is shown in battle within the new Icebox multiplayer map, which originally hails from Halo Online. Additional Season 8 content includes new player nameplates, new vehicle campaign skins for Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 3, and hidden Campaign Collectibles scattered throughout Halo 3’s single-player campaign - including a golden Halo: Reach Moa sculpture that can be found perched in what appears to be "Sierra 117."

The final full game to come to the Steam port of Halo: MCC was Halo 4, which was added last November. There are currently no plans to bring Halo 5: Guardians to PC, with 343 Industries instead focusing on adding smaller content updates until at least 2022. What can be looked forward to is the long-awaited Halo Infinite, which will finally launch on Xbox consoles and PC on December 8 after a long and troublesome development cycle - one that infamously saw 343 and Microsoft delay it for a full year after poor campaign gameplay feedback.   

In the meantime, Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s Season 8 looks to provide a several cosmetic updates to spice up Halo 3 multiplayer rounds. The fan reception to the history-inspired armors has been quite mixed so far, with some claiming the themes don't fit with Halo 3's aesthetics and others arguing that it ultimately doesn't matter. Regardless of where one stands on the new armors, they can now be donned in Halo: The Master Chief Collection Season 8 after downloading a sizable update.

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection is available for Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC.

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