It has always been something of a pipe dream, but Master Chief will now officially be appearing on a Nintendo console – albeit in a slightly different form than many had likely hoped for. The Halo mash-up pack featured within Minecraft will arrive as an option for Switch owners that own the block-centric survival title, marking the first time official content from Microsoft’s blockbuster first-person shooter franchise has ever appeared on a Nintendo platform.
This information has arrived after Microsoft previously stated that Minecraft skins exclusive to a console would remain locked to their respective platforms despite the game’s cross-play-focused “Better Together” update. Regardless of these initial claims, it appears that mash-up packs will only be released on a case-by-case basis, as Minecraft‘s Aubrey Norris took to Twitter to specify that only the Halo mash-up pack will eventually be arriving on all participating platforms as of this writing.
This is super cool – the Halo Mashup pack and skins will be playable on ALL Bedrock Engine platforms; not just Xbox! ???????? #BetterTogether
— Aubrey Norris (@Chupacaubrey) September 19, 2017
As many fans know, the “Better Together” update for Minecraft will roll out across all participating systems (including versions on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Android, iOS, Oculus Rift, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Samsung Gear VR) in the near future. The one version left off of this list is, rather notably, the PlayStation 4, as Sony has yet to participate in the cross-play program despite fan demand and evidence of a Fortnite cross-play slip-up.
Despite Sony opting out of playing ball with a cross-play system, Nintendo and Microsoft have always shared something of a much more friendly relationship. Microsoft even began development of a Halo game for Nintendo DS before opting to pull the plug on the project. Still, that hasn’t prevented the Microsoft-owned studio Rare from developing games for Nintendo’s line of handhelds, including Viva Piñata: Pocket Paradise and Diddy Kong Racing DS.
Others remain hopeful that this gesture could lead to further crossovers between Nintendo and Microsoft in the future, such as Banjo-Kazooie appearing in Super Smash Bros. or Minecraft‘s Super Mario mash-up pack arriving on other platforms. Those desires remain to be realized, but it’s no longer blasphemous to suggest that Banjo could appear as a Minecraft skin on Switch as somewhat of a quasi-reunion for the property and its protagonist.
Minecraft is currently available across every major platform.