Do I need MCC to play Halo Reach? – Answered

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Halo is one of the greatest FPS series, and for a long time, it was exclusive to Xbox. This has changed, and most of the series is available on PC, especially with the introduction of the Master Chief Collection. But if you were looking to play a specific title (like Halo Reach, for example), you might be wondering if you need the MCC to play it.

Can you play Halo Reach without the Master Chief Collection?

The answer is yes—you can play Halo Reach without the MCC. Halo Reach is available as a standalone title, despite any listings on Steam or the Xbox store. Steam has a confusing message stating Halo Reach requires the Master Chief Collection, but you do not actually need this to play it. It also lists the title as DLC for the MCC, but this is also incorrect.

Related: How to fix Multiplayer is unavailable error in Halo Infinite

How to download Halo Reach


  • Search Halo Reach on the Xbox store.
  • Select it and purchase it (Halo Reach is available through Game Pass).
  • Download Halo Reach to your PC or Xbox.


  • Search Halo Reach on Steam.
  • Ignore the DLC label and warning, "This content requires the base game Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Steam in order to play."
  • Purchase and download the game to your PC.

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