Ahead of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection’s November 11th release date, Dell has revealed a new deal that lets shoppers at its website save $25 on the first-person shooter coming exclusively to the Xbox One.
As of right now Dell is taking pre-orders for Halo: The Master Chief Collection. On the page of the game itself, Dell advertises Halo: Master Chief Collection for $59.99. To be clear, that’s the regular price of the game at places like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and GameStop. On its gaming deals page we something a bit different.
According to that page anyone who purchases Halo: The Master Chief Collection from Dell gets a $25 gift card. Effectively, this Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal means users are getting the game for roughly $35. That is provided that they’re ok with the details involved.
First, Dell isn’t making that $25 gift card available to Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal seekers until after they’ve purchased the game. Users will be able to spend that $25 in credit on whatever they want, but that’s only after they’ve paid the full price of the game. As Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a new release, that’s $60. Those who choose to spend the gift card on something that costs more than $25 can expect to have to pay the balance left.
Users will have to wait between 10 and 20 days before they receive their gift card code for this Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal. When the code finally does arrive it’ll only be good for 90 days, giving users until just after the holidays to use it before they’ve effectively missed out on the savings. Those are some pretty harsh terms, especially since users could be stuck waiting almost a month before seeing any savings.
On the other hand, it’s not as if there are a lot of Halo: The Master Collection deals floating around. Those who purchase the game from Microsoft’s own retail locations can expect $10 or $15 in gift card savings depending on whether they’re a member of Microsoft’s Xbox Live Rewards program or not. GameStop no longer boosts trade-in value on specific games like it once did. It stopped that practice in August in favor of providing better trade-in values across the board.
Announced at E3 2014, Halo: The Master Chief Collection isn’t really a new game in the long-running shooter franchise. Instead, it’s a high-definition remake of all the multiplayer and story levels from past games that feature its main protagonist John 117. Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3 and Halo 4 are all crammed into this one single purchase. It’s probably the most content gamers have ever gotten for $60. Joining those missions and multiplayer levels are special add-ons to get users excited for what’s coming next.
The Xbox One may not have had a new Halo game in is first year on store shelves, but it’s getting one next year called Halo 5: The Guardians. Halo: The Master Chief Collection buyers will be the first to get their hands on this new game through a public beta this December. Halo: The Master Chief Collection also includes access to a live-action series called Halo: Nightfall. The series will focus on Agent Locke, who’ll be a playable character in Halo 5 alongside John 117.
It’s important to note that Dell’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection deal is for a physical copy of the game. Users will need to install a portion of the game on their Xbox One’s hard drive, but once they’re done it can be traded into places like GameStop, Wal-Mart or Best Buy for credit towards other games and accessories. As such, users stand to save a bit more than that initial $25 depending on whether they’d like to keep it around or not.