With the latest update of the Master Chief Collection reserved for insider members, 343 Industries has finally updated Halo: Combat Evolved by fixing ten-year-old graphic bugs and restoring it to the splendor of the original for Xbox.
In the patch notes, the development studio wrote that it “fixed a number of bugs with the aim of improving the look and feel of Halo 1 and equating it to the original Xbox version” , both in the campaign and in multiplayer.
Why was this intervention necessary? Halo: Combat Evolved was released on PC in 2003, two years after its Xbox debut. The conversion operations conducted by Gearbox (yes, the Borderlands development studio) were far from perfect, and the first Master Chief adventure arrived on PC with a series of graphical bugs and discrepancies with the original . The version of Halo: Combat Evolved included in the Master Chief Collection is based on the PC edition, so it has inherited some of those problems that have remained unsolved for all these years.
343 Industries has finally patched it up: Captain Keyes’ model has been updated to reflect the original one, and Jackal shields now correctly change their color (turning red) while absorbing shots fired by the Chief. Covenant door shields and anti-gravity fields on Spirit vehicles have also been updated to reflect the original ones. You can test the extent of the interventions by watching the video at the opening of the news. Now we just have to wait for the roll-out of the patch in the public version of the collection.