For Microsoft Corporation, "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" Could Be a Masterstroke

Two Fools take to the Internet to discuss Microsoft Corporation’s plan to bundle the old adventures of Halo’s Master Chief into one edition while testing a new version.

Jun 16, 2014 at 10:04PM

Halo Master Chief Collection

Microsoft is betting a fresh coat of digital paint will lure gamers back to Halo. Credits:, Microsoft.

You'll have to wait till 2015 for full access to Halo 5: Guardians. But if you want a teaser, and all four prior versions in an upgraded multiplayer system, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has Halo: The Master Chief Collection coming in November. Should investors applaud the move? Or will waiting another year for a polished upgrade to Mr. Softy's signature title crimp sales of the Xbox One?

Fool analysts Nathan Alderman and Tim Beyers address these questions in this week's episode of 1-Up on Wall Street, The Motley Fool's Web show in which we talk about the big-money names behind your favorite movies, toys, video games, comics, and more.

Nathan says there's plenty for investors to chew on. In addition to a remade version of the original Halo and a remade version of Halo 2 with a new engine, the Master Chief Collection includes HD editions of Halo 3 and Halo 4 and a unified interface to play all the multiplayer maps in the history of the series. Gamers can also expect early access to Ridley Scott's Halo: Nightfall digital feature, and of course the Guardians beta.

Tim applauds Microsoft's efforts to monetize existing content in the Master Chief Collection. Adding in the beta is a bonus, but it's also an effective way to toss an early version of a sought-after title into the wild, get feedback, and get paid for the privilege -- especially when most beta software is freely accessible. (Steam is a notable exception, charging for early access to popular titles in its library.)

Nathan agrees, noting that Halo is a systems seller. Creating a better multiplayer experience could boost revenue while creating buzz for Guardians months before its release. What's more, by testing the environment with early adopters, Microsoft should get the data it needs to avoid repeating 343 Industries' well-documented failure to keep gamers engaged in Halo 4's multiplayer mode.

Now it's your turn to weigh in using the comments box below. Will you be buying Halo: The Master Chief Collection? As an investor, do you expect the suite to help drive Xbox One sales? Click the video to watch Nathan and Tim discuss the developments, and then be sure to follow us on Twitter for more segments and regular geek news updates!

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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