Halo: The Master Chief Collection is getting a bunch of 20th anniversary content

Halo 20th anniversary cosmetics content drop

Clippy is here to see if you need some help

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Halo, with Nov. 15 as the date Halo: Combat Evolved launched. To celebrate, Microsoft and 343 Industries are rolling out a bucket-load of cosmetics for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, stretching back across the franchise—and Microsoft‘s—history.

From November through January, Halo 20th Anniversary themed content will roll into the Master Chief Collection. These will be purchasable through Season Points, and will be added to the collection starting today with the Orion Armor set for Halo 2: Anniversary.

Here’s the full rundown, via the Halo Waypoint blog:

  • November 3, 2021: “Orion” Armor Set (Helmet, Chest, Shoulders, Arms, Legs) for Halo 2: Anniversary
  • November 10, 2021: The Beast Back Accessory and Duke Shoulders for Halo 3
  • November 17, 2021: OG Xbox Assault Rifle Skin for Halo 3
  • November 24, 2021: Semi-Powered Infiltration “Mirage” Armor (Helmet, Chest, Shoulders, Arms, Legs) for Halo 3
  • December 1, 2021: OG Xbox Battle Rifle Skin and Rucksack Back Accessory for Halo 3
  • December 8, 2021: Hydration Container Utility Item for Halo: Reach
  • December 15, 2021: Fronkbox Back Accessory, Duke Shoulders, and OG Xbox Sniper Rifle skin for Halo 3
  • December 22, 2021: Grunt Plush and X-Pack Back Accessories and the OG Xbox Magnum Skin for Halo 3
  • December 29, 2021: OG Xbox Shotgun and SPNKr Skin for Halo 3
  • January 5, 2022: The first return of the “Orion” armor set for Halo 2: Anniversary

So yes, these range from a Clippy Nameplate featuring the plucky desktop mascot to an actual Xbox “Duke” controller, slapped onto the shoulder plates of your multiplayer Spartan. Truly embrace the Microsoft nostalgia.

All in all, it’s a pretty neat way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Halo. As we look towards Halo past, however, we must also look towards Halo future; that is, of course, Halo Infinite. The next entry in the series is set to launch on Dec. 8, though without some features like Forge and campaign co-op. Those will be arriving later on.

We got a look at what the single-player campaign side of Halo Infinite looks like though, and for those eager for an open-world adventure for Master Chief and his new pals, it seems like it’s set to fill that need. Chief’s next outing goes live on Dec. 8 for Xbox consoles and PC.

Eric Van Allen