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Four Halo games being added to back-compat list, Halo 5 getting 4K upgrade

Microsoft and 343 are kicking off the Halo Summer Celebration in style

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

343 Industries agrees with fans that something was missing from Microsoft’s E3 presentation this year, so today it’s especially happy to announce that Halo 5: Guardians is getting a 4K upgrade on the Xbox One X. Also, four legacy Halo titles are being made backward compatible on the Xbox One and every Xbox 360 map in the Xbox Store will be available for free.

Today, Microsoft and 343 Studios kicked off the 2017 Halo Summer Celebration with a ton of news. Leading things off was words of Halo 5’s 4K upgrade on the Xbox One X, something 343 admitted that it wasn’t quite ready to commit to a few weeks ago at E3 in Los Angeles. They called it a “true 4K” update, and promised more information soon.

Additionally, 343 said it was working with Microsoft to add four legacy Halo games to the Xbox One Backward Compatibility list. Titles include Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. All will include their original campaigns and multiplayer modes and support for LAN play, including play between Xbox One and Xbox 360 devices.

As an added bonus, the Xbox Store will offer “every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack” for free.

We’ve got a complete list of all the backwards compatible titles right here.

343 promises lots more to come in this, the 10th anniversary year of Halo: 3, including a Halo 3 Anniversary Throwback playlist for Halo 5 featuring “a selection of incredible community-made Halo 3 maps created with Forge in Halo 5.” More information is on the way on Halo Waypoint.