A surprise notice is that when the game launches on the 11th Novermber, there will be an additional 20GB download which 343 Industries acknowledged the “large” download size but explained the reasoning in that it had not wanted to “cut corners” to try and cram everything onto a single disc.
The collection of Halo titles uses almost all of the 45GB of space available on a Blu-Ray disc, the plus side is that the disc installation will allow you to play the Campaign while the update downloads, those who buy the digital version will pre-load everything including the update ahead of the official launch date.
From the start, our philosophy has been to give Halo fans the best possible experience and not compromise the quality or features of the collection. The result is that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will take up almost all of the usable space of a single Blu-ray (45 GB), and we will also issue a content update at launch that is estimated to be 20 GB. You’ll be able to start playing Campaign and more as the content is installing, with some features and multiplayer content being added via the update. Yes, the update is large, but we weren’t about to cut corners to save disc space. This ensures that you are getting every bit of Halo goodness we can fit in. Our work is not done, however, as we continue to tune, tweak and optimize the online experience to ensure a smooth multiplayer launch. This will continue right up until launch day.
One caveat we wanted to share is that Spartan Ops, our episodic co-op experience from Halo 4, will now release in December. In the meantime, we’re making some technical enhancements to that experience to make sure it’s smoother and even better than before. All ten episodes will be available at the same time, so we’re working to make an event out of it with our Community teams.
The Master Chief Collection contains Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, a re-mastered Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4, as well as all Multiplayer maps from all the games plus a sneak look at Halo 5.
Microsoft has also confirmed that Halo The Master Chief Collection will release on the 11th November in the UK (bringing it in three days) meaning only France, Belgium and Japan will get it later in the week.