343 Industries has announced that a new patch will add cross-play support for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. This basically means that PC gamers will be able to play with their Xbox One friends in multiplayer modes.
Alongside cross-play, 343 Industries will bring performance improvements for all games on both PC & Xbox. It will also improve uncapped framerates for both Halo Reach and Halo 2 Anniversary.
It’s also worth noting that the team plans to release Halo 4, and Halo 3: ODST’s campaign and firefight to the PC this year. For what it’s worth, Halo 3 is perhaps the best game of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the PC, and performs exceptionally. Thankfully, Halo 4 and Halo 3: ODST will be just as good as Halo 3 PC is.
Lastly, 343 Industries plans to officially add mod support at a later date.
“Our goal is still to support modding. However, due to shift in development priorities that tends to happen over the course of a project. Modding has continued to get pushed back over the past 6 or so months. The good news here is that we have reached a point where we are now able to spend some cycles to get the conversations, design, and planning going again. I am also now in active iteration on the EULA that lays out the ground rules for modding and player generated content with our legal team.
I understand this will be disappointing news to many of you. Still, the silver lining here is the EULA which is in late stages. Once it is ready, we will re-assess what we can accomplish in the short, mid, and long-term timelines. Modding is close to my heart so I hope to be able to ramp this effort up more soon.”