Halo: The Master Chief Collection will sync progress between the Xbox One and Windows PC versions of the game. This was revealed by 343 Industries Community Director Brian Jarrard on Reddit in a community Q&A. Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection won't be supporting Microsoft's Xbox Play Anywhere program, progress between the Xbox One and Windows PC versions will be shared. Though mid-mission saves won't. So if you were replaying Halo: Combat Evolved's Library mission via Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One and thought your save data halfway through the level would carry over to Windows PC, this won't be the case.
"Within MCC, yes, your progress and progression will carry-over between the console and PC versions. All stats, achievements, Forge maps, and game variants will be shared between all of the games within MCC. Mid-mission saves will be unique to each platform and cannot be shared," said Jarrard.
That said, Xbox One owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection won't be able to play it on Windows PC for free. A host of Xbox One titles fall under the Xbox Play Anywhere program but Halo: The Master Chief Collection won't be one of them. What this means is, if you already own the game on Xbox One, you'll have to pay for it again to play it on Windows PC. The Xbox Play Anywhere program includes 73 games, the latest of which is the critically-panned Microsoft-published Crackdown 3.
"One of the questions we've gotten is will MCC [Master Chief Collection] PC support Xbox Play Anywhere, and first off I want to say we so appreciate all of the support we've had from the Xbox One community with MCC and we're obviously bringing [Halo]Reach to MCC," 343 Industries Studio Head Bonnie Ross said during a quick panel discussion before the Halo Championship Series Invitational grand finals.
"While MCC shipped before the XPA Play Anywhere, we are exploring ways to make sure that we show our appreciation and recognition for the support we've had from the amazing fans on MCC and we'll have more to announce as we get closer to launch."
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