343 Industries has dropped yet another mega-ton on Halo fans today, with the confirmation of not just ranks for the Halo: Master Chief Collection, but a ranking system identical to the system used in Halo 2. 343 made the reveal during Microsoft’s presentation at Gamescom, and followed it with a tweet reading “We listened: #Halo: The Master Chief Collection features a ranking system with identical leveling as the original Halo 2.” For those unfamiliar with Halo 2, the game sported a 1-50 ranking system, that had a certain number of required wins or losses to go up or down in rank. Beyond Entertainment has a great read-out from an old magazine explaining the system as well.
The ranking system for the Master Chief Collection will be the same across all four games, and will be specific to each playlist (like in Team Slayer you can have a 50, but Big Team Battle you may only have 3). As shown in the photo to the right, the game will even sport the same emblems for each rank, though naturally those emblems have been given the HD treatment. This return of 1-50 ranks has been long clamored for by the competitive Halo Community, who see the ranks as necessary to facilitate competition in each ranked match. 343 has yet to reveal which playlists, if not all of them, will feature ranks in the Halo: Master Chief Collection, but I’m sure more of that new will be released as we get closer to release on November 11th.
by, Bobby Marquardt