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Halo MCC Cross-Play and Cross-Save | Is it cross-platform?

Halo MCC cross-play is a feature that many players want. After all, one of the advantages of Xbox Play Anywhere is the ability to continue your saves and play multiplayer across PC and Xbox. Halo: Master Chief Collection does have some cross-platform capabilities, including cross-save, but there are some major caveats involved.

Does Halo MCC have cross-play? We’ll break down this question below. We’ll take a look at both the campaign and multiplayer cross-platform capabilities of Halo: Master Chief Collection so you’ll know what to expect when you’re switching between PC and Xbox One.

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Does Halo MCC have cross-play?

There’s no simple answer to the question of whether or not Halo MCC has cross-play or not. If I had to sum it up in one word, I’d say, “Kinda.”

The cross-platform capabilities of the game between Steam, Windows Store, and Xbox One are confusing, to say the least. Some features have continuity between the three platforms, and some don’t.

Does Halo MCC have cross-play multiplayer?

The biggest question you probably have if you’ve stumbled across this article is whether or not Steam, Windows Store, and Xbox One users have the option of cross-play multiplayer. The good news is that Steam and Windows Store users can play together. The bad news is that Xbox One players don’t get cross-play multiplayer.

The Halo MCC dev team has said that they’ll be looking into the possibility of adding Xbox One and PC cross-play at some point. However, the feature isn’t currently on the roadmap.

Does Halo MCC have cross-save?

So, this is where things get tricky. There’s no Xbox One/PC cross-play, but it does have cross-save between the two platforms. However, there are some caveats to this capability.

Luckily, there’s a handy little table that spells out what cross-save does and doesn’t do on Halo MCC.

  • ✓= Data is retained across these devices.
  • ✗= Data is not retained across these devices and will be lost if resumed elsewhere.
  • * = Special Cases (Such as Steam Cloud or Partial Roaming)

 Xbox OneWindows StoreSteamNotes
Mission Completion (Campaign)Progress is retained on Xbox Live Profile across all three platforms.
Mid-Mission Checkpoints (Campaign)*Mid-Mission Saves are not retained between Windows Store and Xbox One versions. Steam is self-contained and will not interact with Xbox or Windows Store saves.
Partial Playlist Completion***Playlists with partial mission progress are not represented between Steam and Xbox. (e.g. 1/3 Missions Completed)
Playlist CompletionPlaylists with all missions completed are visible through the Playlist Menu with all missions completed.
Mid-Mission Checkpoints (Playlists)*Mid-Mission Saves are note retained between Xbox One and Windows Store. Starting a mission on one will trigger an error message that your save on the other will be lost. Steam is self-contained and will not impact Xbox or Windows Store saves.
LeaderboardsLeaderboards are shared across all platforms. Your entry is filed under the Xbox Live Profile.
Career StatsCareer Stats are shared across all platforms. Your entry is filed under the Xbox Live Profile.
Medals ChestThe Medals Chest is shared across all platforms. Your entry is filed under the Xbox Live Profile.
AchievementsAchievements are shared across Xbox and Windows Store. Signing into the Steam title will automatically grant you Steam Achievements matching your Xbox Live Profile's progress.
Account Level/Rank (Progression)Maintained with the Xbox Live profile.
Reach Customization Unlocks***These are retained with the Xbox Live profile, but may need to be re-equipped on new platforms.
PlayerID Unlocks***These are retained with the Xbox Live profile, but may need to be re-equipped on new platforms.