Zombies on the way to The Master Chief Collection?

The Halo Waypoint (HWP) blog is an awesome source of news for any Halo fan, and they have now provided a massive update of things to come and their Gamescom 2015 schedule.

It looks like an inclusion of Zombies into The Master Chief Collection is on the cards, as teased in the below update from HWP.

“The playlist team continues to work on future updates, and it’s quite likely that we’ll be talking more about things like Infection in the coming weeks

Fans of the franchise will be familiar with the Infection game mode which was introduced to the franchise beginning with Halo, then Halo: Reach, and then also Halo 4.

A slightly less ‘serious’ game mode is how I would describe it to those who are not familiar with Infection, which sees one person start as the infected player who then has to hunt down team mates infecting them all. As others become infected they join the hunt also until only one remains.

If you are keen to keep track of 343i’s movement at Gamescom 2015 to ensure you don’t miss a thing please see the below released scheduledflood 2


If you’re reading this, it means that we’ve arrived safely in Europe for gamescom, and have found a charming café from which to post this transmission. We’ve snuck this very text through French, Belgian, and German borders in an effort to get it to your part of the world, and we’re glad that it too has arrived safely. In the paragraphs that follow, we’ll talk about gamescom, new development tales from the world of Warzone, the adventures that await within pages of a recently released short, and beyond. But first, let’s check in on MCC playlist and content updates.

Last week, we talked about the new Action Sack playlist, which is now available in matchmaking for a few weeks. Since its release, it’s been consistently ranked towards the top, and for a few days this past week, it even saw more players than any other playlist. While featured playlists generally draw in a substantial crowds during their first few days, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it continue to do well, and hope that you’re enjoying the wacky and often nonsensical chaos it offers. To see a breakdown of all of the game types included, as well as additional updates that have been made to existing playlists, head here. The playlist team continues to work on future updates, and it’s quite likely that we’ll be talking more about things like Infection in the coming weeks. It’s also quite likely that I will continue to try and persuade the playlist team to put in a Head-to-Head playlist, and that they’ll continue to say “maybe” after a long hesitative pause. Additionally, the MCC team continues to work on the next content update for the game. We’re continuing to keep a very close eye on your feedback on Waypoint, Twitter, r/Halo and elsewhere, and prioritizing items within the next update based on said feedback. Look for more details as we get closer to the release.

The Halo 5 team is busy putting the finishing touches on new experiences – some of which you’ve seen glimpses of, and many of which you have not. The lab schedules are booked with nonstop playtests, which allows people like myself to sneak in and play hours of new Warzone maps in the name of science. There are exciting new battlegrounds being built, weapons being tweaked, tuned, and skinned, and plenty more that we are looking forward to sharing with you in the coming months. Also, many members of the Halo 5 team have packed their suitcases with dedicated servers (literally) in preparation to bring Halo 5: Guardians across the Atlantic for the first time. gamescom, here we come.



This coming week, hundreds of thousands of gaming fans will converge on Cologne, Germany, for the world’s largest gaming show. In an effort to beat what will also be the world’s largest crowds, the team is on the ground setting up dozens of stations for the European premiere of Halo 5: Guardians and a the first opportunity for many of you to take to the 24-player skirmishes offered in Warzone.

Last year’s gamescom was a special experience for us on the Halo team. As our annual pilgrimage to the other side of the world, it’s our chance to hang with fellow Halo fans we’d otherwise have no chance of meeting. Each day, we’d continue to get new glimpses into the global passion for Halo, thanks to fans and communities like Halo.fr, 17K Group, and many more. Getting to know you and talk about the things you love about Halo is a true treat, and we can’t wait to return this year to see both new and familiar faces.

If you won’t be joining us in Cologne, you’ll likely want to stay up and / or wake up at potentially ridiculous hours to catch all things Xbox and Halo. Here’s a breakdown:


Catch this year’s media briefing – with in-depth looks at tons of upcoming games in 2015 and beyond – live on Xbox One, Xbox.com, and Xbox 360.

Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 PM CEST (7:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT)


Xbox Daily returns next week, live from Cologne. The hour-long live show will cover breaking news, exclusives, and interviews with folks who are creating many of your soon-to-be-favorite games. Tune in on Xbox One, Xbox.com, and Xbox 360.

Wednesday, August 5 at 6:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT) Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 PM CEST (9:00 AM PDT / 12:00 PM EDT)


As we announced earlier this month, gamescom will be host to the first preview of what’s to come for Halo 5 esports. Featuring four invited teams – Epsilon Esports (EU), Supremacy (EU), CAZ.Esports (EU), and OpTic Gaming (NA), the Invitational will feature a look at two maps: Empire, which was originally featured in the beta, plus Fathom, which was first seen on Conan. Before the tournament, we’ll provide you with a closer look at these maps thanks to help from our friends at Prima Games, who just happened to announce the Halo 5: Guardians strategy guide. You’ve likely guessed by now, but I’m excited to say that I’ll have Richard Simms joining me for the broadcast. To watch, tune into Twitch.tv/Halo or the Halo Channel on Xbox One, iOs / Android, or Windows 8.1 and above.

Friday, August 7 at 4:00 PM CEST (7:00 AM PDT / 10:00 AM EDT)