Today is the day Halo 3 launches on PC and with it comes an update to Halo: The Master Chief Colection, which, among other things, adds Forge to Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo 3 and Halo Reach.
Halo 3 officially launches today, July 14, 2020, at 10am PT / 5pm UTC, as part of Halo: The Master Chief Collection (MCC), and it comes with a hefty update.
The first, most obvious and quite likely the most meaningful change for Halo players is the Forge, which has not only been added to Halo 2, 3 and Reach - it's been tweaked for a more modern experience.
According to the patch notes, Forge has been updated with new features, which includes object physics, rotation, coordinate snap and precision tools. Halo 3 and Halo Reach Forge pallets are additionally expanded with new objects and budget increases.
"Halo 3, Halo: Reach, and Halo 2: Anniversary Forge tools have been updated with a new 'Toggle Rotation Axes' feature adding toggleable rotation around World and Local axes", 343 Industries wrote, adding that the feature is planned to be added to Halo 4 at a later date.
Halo MCC owners on Xbox Game Pass can expect an update of 20.84GB, with the full install being 93.15GB. Steam users get 17.6GB update, with Halo Reach, CEA, Halo 2 and 3 taking up around 124.5GB installed.
The rest of the new features coming with Halo 3 and today's update are as follows.
- Updated season unlock flow to feature non-linear unlocks per page and added Season 2 featuring 30 new nameplates, 46 new H1 Weapon and 18 H1 Vehicle skins.
- Challenges are now available to complete across all available titles. Note: Campaign Challenges are currently not supported in Halo 4: Spartan Ops.
- New spartan customization 3D model viewer for Halo 3.
- Updated Skill Rank backend for Ranked Matchmaking. This resolved a long-standing rank reset issue and has required us reset all ranked playlists to 1.
- “Highest Lifetime” rank is now displayed for rotational hoppers that are no longer available.
- Halo: Reach & Halo 3 audio has been updated.
- New Acrophobia skull for Halo 3.
- “Dual Wield Inversion” has been added as a toggle for players who wish to disable the title from switching the “primary fire” weapon to your left-hand while dual wielding in Halo 2 or Halo 3.
You can check out the full patch notes here .