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Halo: The Master Chief Collection finally shows the aliens some love

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Next week, Halo: The Master Chief Collection (opens in new tab) is putting a long-overdue spotlight on the Sangheili, with new alien armours and a rainbow of energy sword colours arriving with Season 7: Elite.

Sporting multiple mandibles and occasionally voiced by Keith David, Halo's stoic alien baddies turned reluctant allies haven't been given quite as much love as their Spartan counterparts in the MCC. That's all set to change in next week's free seasonal update, announced by 343 in a tweet (opens in new tab) earlier today.

Season 7 introduces seven new armour variations for Halo 3 Elites. The full rundown was teased a few weeks back, and skew more heavily towards the aliens' chunkier, Halo Reach look. They'll be joined be seven new Energy Sword skins, tinting the iconic blue blade all the colours of the rainbow.

A Pink Energy Sword

Yes, it comes in hot pink. (Image credit: 343 Industries)

These are joined by a more regular addition of skins across the MCC's titles, as part of the Season 7 reward track. This week, we learned that Halo Infinite's unlocks would adopt a similar format to the MCC's seasons, with battle passes that never expire and points free to spend across any available pass. The only difference, really, is that Infinite's battle passes won't be free.

Alien fashion isn't the only thing arriving with Season 7, mind. Next week also sees 343 finally resolve visual bugs that have existed in Halo: Combat Evolved for almost 2 decades, thanks to a slightly-broken Gearbox port that was used as a basis for subsequent Anniversary releases.

Season 7: Elite arrives as a free update next Wednesday, July 23rd

Natalie Clayton
Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.